I gotta be honest. I kind of at a loss about what to write for today’s reading. I have read a couple of commentators who have likened these chapters to the discussion of how sin corrupts and how it is to be dealt with. Personally, I think it is an awful stretch to make these two chapters fit that kind of framework, and I don’t really see why we have to make this piece of scripture talk about sin and salvation when there are lots of other pieces of the Bible that talk about sin and salvation much more clearly.
To quote Freud (not because I’m a fan) “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” Sometimes pieces of scripture are just what they seem to be. There isn’t always a mysterious hidden meaning. I say that to take some pressure off. I think we spend too much time looking for the hidden that we miss what is right in front of us and miss out on just reading and enjoying God’s Word.
So let me point out the simple truth I pointed out yesterday. God is concerned with every area of our lives. He is concerned with our physical well being and He is concerned with our sexual practices. Every area of our lives, every relationship we undertake, should be an area where God is welcome to be in control. What does God have to say to you out of these verses? If you honestly ask God that question then let what He shows you be enough.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Leviticus 16-18