July 1, 2020

Leviticus 24:1-23-can be divided into three sections -1-9 was centered on the command to children of Israel that they bring pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually while 10-14-the son of Israeli’s mother but Egyptian father was found reported to Moses that he blasphemed the named of the LORD and cursed. The matter was brought to the LORD and the verdict was that those that heard him lay their hands upon his head and let all the congregations stone him. The remaining verses continued the way to handle different manners of sins-such as a breach for breach,  eye for an eye, tooth for tooth, as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again.”

Our last topic last year was Leviticus 23. Today we continued on Leviticus 24. Reading through the Old Testament and recognizing the way God asked Moses to deal with sin among his people, it should give us more insight into the nature of God. God created man in His image and every soul is important to God. He did not want unfair treatment either between themselves or between them and the strangers among them. God is the God of Justice. Every law that came from Him proves His love for mankind. He did not discriminate among the people that joined the children of Israel while they were released from bondage. He told  Moses that the same law is applicable to them as well. Verse 22 says “Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country; for I am the LORD your God.

You might want to ask why did he treat the children of Israel preferentially? The answer to this question could be found from the original intention of God to make the world a paradise for all of us to live in. It was the sins of Adam and Eve that brought judgment to all people and all of us are now born a sinner. There is actually no difference between all of us. Out of His own eternal plan, He chose Abraham to bless him and through him, make Himself known. The final plan was for Him to come through this lineage as Jesus Christ who is the Savior of the world. God has been fighting sin from the time of Adam till now. Sin caused God to destroy all mankind except Noah and his family. God began again with a new set (Noah’s family) to repopulate the world, unfortunately the story did not change. So God came down to the world as Jesus and he brought grace and redemption.  He now applied the same law to all of us again which is “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17. (KJV).

If He had to apply the”Eye for an eye” law, the whole world would perish, for “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. Thank God for Jesus Christ whose sacrifice for our sins opened the gate of righteousness to all of us, “for the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23. Therefore anyone who is in Christ Jesus will have his sins removed and righteousness of Christ will be placed in him.

Unfortunately, the way God sees us is not the same way we see ourselves. We discriminate between ourselves, white, black, short, tall, thin, fat, foreigner, citizen, poor, rich, educated, illiterate, and so on. We have created so much hatred among our fellow human beings that we believe they should be eradicated from the surface of the earth. What on earth is going on? We did not create the universe, why should we treat this place as our own handiwork. Until we study the nature of God who created the entire universe and we follow His ways, there is really no cure to all that we see around us. He is a loving God that loves us unconditionally. But he requires us to obey Him so that we can live in peace among ourselves. Today is July 1, 2020, we have been given another chance to do what is right. Thousands have died as a result of COVID-19 and so many other violent occurrences have taken away many lives. Let us pray that God will intervene and count not our sins against us. Let us ask for His mercy so that He can pour Himself into us, and help us to do His will to the end, Amen. Remain blessed!!!.

 

 

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