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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Leviticus 21-25

Hi girls! So, as you know I'll just be posting once or twice a week, as time permits. I'd just like to leave a few thoughts with you of what I've learned in my studies this week. Thank you to all of you who are still following along with me.

The main lesson I have learned in these chapters, as well as throughout most of the book of Leviticus, is how holy God is and how sinful man is. When God repeatedly explains why things have to be done in a certain way or at a certain time, His reason is His holiness, "I am the Lord", "I the Lord do sanctify them", "I the Lord which sanctify you am holy". And so, when we serve God, we do it His way because He is holy and He wants us to be holy like Him.

Leviticus 22:22. God deserves our very best. We should not be offering Him the leftovers...of our time, our energies. He should be getting the very best we can give Him. Remember He gave His very best to us, His own dearly beloved Son and held nothing back.

Leviticus 23:22. Those who have known God's great mercy in their lives will have no problem being merciful to the poor and needy.

Leviticus 24:2-4. Remember we talked before about the oil burning in the lamps as being a picture of our prayers to the Lord? Notice here the word "continually". We should be in constant communication with God throughout the day, asking for His help in any situation we find ourselves, sending up a prayer for those in need, seeking His guidance and help.
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Leviticus 24:12. This verse teaches us that we should never rush into doing (or even 'saying') something until we know God's mind and will concerning it. We must wait, pray, be patient...and maybe even wait and pray some more.

Leviticus 24:19,20. Teach us that the punishment should fit the crime. There should not be over-leniency but neither should there be over-severity. This could be regarding anything from bringing up and disciplining your children to how the law deals with offenders.

Leviticus 25:17. Christians should not oppress each other or do each other harm. Life is hard enough with the world against us. Instead we should encourage and support each other throughout this life.

Leviticus 25:35. Speaks of how we should treat other Christians who are struggling or have fallen on hard times. We should do whatever we can to help them out.

Leviticus 25:38. Anything we have is a gift from God so we have no right to be selfish with something that doesn't even rightly belong to us.

For more insight into these verses, pop over to Courtney's blog - http://womenlivingwell.org/2015/05/eye-for-an-eye-or-turn-the-other-cheek/

Prayer matters:
♥   Ask the Lord to help you to be patient and wise and not to rush into situations without praying first
♥   Pray that the Lord will open your eyes and heart to see where there is a need and then do what you can to help

Hugs, Karen x

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