Daily Reading 4.12.16

Leviticus 14
v21-22 “if he is poor and cannot afford so much…whichever he can afford” – I love this. God is not only the God of the rich. I kept thinking while I was reading about all that needed to be done to obtain atonement if you had a case of leprosy and it seemed like it would have been very expensive, but grace can be found, even in the law

Leviticus 15
v34 – “I put a case of leprous disease in a house” – how can a house have a disease? v48 “pronounce the house clean,for the disease in healed” – interesting that they then have to make a sacrifice for the uncleanness of the house, they need to make atonement for the house. This seems strange to me. The house is inanimate, why does it need atonement? Did it sin?

Leviticus 16
v21 – on the day of atonement Aaron is to “lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel” – I wonder what this looks like, is it more the sin of the leadership or is it just representative or does he actually recite the sins of the people? Just curious to how detailed this was

Colossians 2
v.2-3 “…Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” – Christ is where wisdom and knowledge are to be found

v4- “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments” – away from Christ, those who argue this way offer wisdom and knowledge outside of Christ, it sounds plausible, it sounds convincing but it is delusional

v.5 – “firmness of your faith in Christ” – in the 1st chapter Paul references similar ideas, Paul wants to ground them, stabilize them in their faith

v.6 – “walk in him” – live out what you believe

v.7 “rooted and built up in him and established in the faith” – again similar idea of steadfastness

v.8 – “See to it that no one takes you captive” – don’t be deluded! don’t be deceived!

v14 – my record of debt has been canceled, it has been nailed to the cross. Selah.

v.23 – asceticism and severity to the body are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. That is so interesting. Reminds me of what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.”

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