This might not be a particularly good episode to listen to while you are having a meal. Many of the laws given by God in Leviticus were for health purposes. Today in Leviticus 15, God tells the people how to deal with various bodily discharges. And in Matthew 27, the crucifixion of Jesus takes place. Again, we will read from the English Standard Version.
May God bless the reading of His Word.
When I was young, I was on the Mammoth Mountain ski patrol. One of my duties as a patroller was to help injured skiers. After that job I worked for an ambulance company. I have worked in emergency rooms. I have seen blood and broken and sick bodies. Lots of them. But I really don’t enjoy reading Leviticus 15, and I’m glad it’s behind us. How about you?
Of course, it is never fun to read about the suffering of Jesus. But in a way, we have to love the narrative because without Him going through the agony, we would have to bear our own sins. This is the absolute pinnacle of grace…receiving a gift that we do not deserve. I deserve to die for my own sins, and you for yours. But Jesus says,”No. I died for you. I bore your sins that day. The price is paid. It is finished.”
The gift that cost Him everything. My goodness, how can I refuse it? How could I join those Roman soldiers and spit on Him and mock him by refusing His gift? I cannot. With gratitude and with love I humbly receive it, thankful for His infinite love for me, sinful, broken me.
My friend, I hope you have met Jesus. I hope that you have received His gift. This terrible death you heard about today was for you, too. If you have not yet accepted His gift to you of salvation, now is the time. You don’t know if you will have tomorrow. All you have is now. Tell Jesus that you accept His gift, that you know that you are a sinner and because of His gift you will turn from sin and turn to Him, believing that He died for you, paying the sacrifice that cleanses you from all your past and future failures. Do it now.
If you have questions about any of this please feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to help you if you need to know more.
Tomorrow, appropriately, in Leviticus 16 we will read about the Day of Atonement, and we will read in Matthew 28 about the resurrection! That will be a happy day of reading, for sure.
I’ll see you then. May God bless you richly. I’m Steve Webb.