So how are you all doing with your reading plans? Still sticking with it? Anyone get lost along the way, or decide to do something different?
I must admit, I’m surprised at how well I’ve been doing with this one-year challenge. Every time I’ve tried it before, it’s been so difficult by the third or fourth month to read at all, let alone keep up with the schedule. But I really think that this specific plan is helping; it helps to skip around the Testaments instead of reading straight through, and it helps to have a little Old and a little New that blend together to show a more complete picture of God and redemption. I’m really enjoying it this time around!
And yes, I even enjoy Leviticus. Those of us who are following the Blended Plan have been working through Leviticus for about 2 weeks now. This week covered all sorts of laws about leprosy, cleanliness, sacrifices, sexual relations, and priesthood. And repeated through every chapter was one major theme: be holy, as God is holy.
“Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God. Keep my statutes and do them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you.”
Consider this for a moment. If holiness and purity mattered so much to God that we have a whole entire book, 27 chapters, full of laws specifying how Israel was to live – even what they were allowed to eat or wear, or how to cleanse their bodies and their houses, or exactly how to offer all the various sacrifices – don’t you think He still cares about our holiness today? True, we are no longer bound by all the Levitical laws. True Christianity is not about outward conformity as much as inward transformation. But God still calls us to be holy and pure, as He is.
I think we as Christians have gone too far the opposite direction, claiming “grace” and “freedom” for whatever we feel like doing, when instead we should be questioning whether things (food or drink, entertainment, dress, conversations, etc) are holy and pure in God’s eyes.
Just because these laws don’t apply to us today, does not mean the principle behind them is antiquated as well. In fact, Peter reiterates this command in his first epistle to the New Testament church:
“But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ “
[1 Peter 1:15-16]
Think holiness still matters to God? Of course it does!
So how has He shown you His holiness this week? Or what else has He taught you about Himself? What have you been learning from His Word? Please share!
For those reading the Blended Plan, here is next week’s schedule:
Sunday: Leviticus 25, Revelation 3
Monday: Leviticus 26-27, Revelation 4
Tuesday: Daniel 1-2, Revelation 5
Wednesday: Daniel 3-4, Revelation 6
Thursday: Daniel 5-7, Revelation 7
Friday: Daniel 8-10, Revelation 8
Saturday:Daniel 11-12, Revelation 9
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