This is what I recently read in Deuteronomy. . . no, really!
Ok, so it doesn't say that exactly. . but close to it. . .or at least my interpretation =)
Have I ever told you how overwhelming it is for me to be learning a bunch of things all at one time? I'm always looking for how God is going to tie it all together. He is a God of order and so usually when I feel like I'm learning or struggling with a bunch of different things, He has a key lesson in it for me.. . .I'm always looking for how it goes together. weird, maybe.
My friend, Jaymie is doing this Bible reading plan with me as well. She lovingly emails me, "hey, blog about sacrifice!" or some other random thing we are reading about. Well, sacrifice is one of the things I've been struggling through. I KNOW that God intends for all of scripture to be useful for me. To teach me. To reveal Himself. To change me. Which makes sense. . .when you are reading Hebrews! haha Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy???? Those are a little harder.
Chapter upon chapters of Rules and Regulations (which Pastor Jon helped me to see as descriptions of are uncleanliness and His holiness) and LOTS of sacrifice. lovely stuff. And where my thoughts found their struggle. . ..hmmmm, what to learn from chapters on sacrifice?
I was praying about this one morning in the shower (my personal prayer closet! hehe) and I realized something: we doubt sin. Our culture has a hard time even believing that we need God. Oprah tells us that there is nothing bad within us! This wasn't the case for the Israelites. They were constantly reminded of their sinfulness and God's holiness; thus the need for sacrifice.
Maybe we need that little reminder more often! Ok, not that we need to add animal sacrifice! That provision of sacrifice was exchanged for the blood of Jesus once and for all! This is perhaps why confession is mentioned so often in the New Testament. Confession is about realizing that we are sinful, that God is Holy and that HE has provided a plan of redemption.
It changes our perspective. This part of confession and sacrifice changes our perspective on US, which brings me to my next connecting point. . . .
Thou Shalt Blog.
Throughout these books, God tells Moses and Moses tells the people "I am YOUR personal God who brought you out of Egypt." In fact, the entire chapter of Deuteronomy 8 is a record of what God had done for His people. The people were reminded over and over about what God had done for them to remind them of what He WAS doing for them and what He would do for them in the future! This isn't just God's opportunity to brag. . .He had a purpose in this.
The confession part changes my perspective on ME, the remembrance of what He has done changes my perspective on HIM.
Like yesterday when I was struggling and needed to look at the other side of the scales, sometimes I need to remember WHO is on that other side. Jesus. and He's big. and good. This is why I should blog and talk to my friends and hubby regularly. This is why I live in community. To remember. He is God and He is good. I could write chapters about God's goodness to me. I know you can too. . .In fact, how about it? I'd love to read a blog that is a chronicle of God's faithfulness to you.
This is what I want to implement and learn from my time in Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. . .to gain perspective on ME by spending time in confession and rememberance of my own sin; to gain perspective on HIM by spending time in remembrance of His goodness and Holiness and to remember ""Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far ouweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)."