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365 Devotional Entries

The In-between People of God

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), February 22 "According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances" (Lev. 18:3). Moses spends the following twenty verses unpacking "their practices" by addressing sexual relationships. He completes his message with an explanation, "Do not defile... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Feb 22
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Day of Atonement

The One Year® Chronological Bible (Tyndale, 2013), February 21  Leviticus 16 sits in the middle of the Torah, indicating that the Day of Atonement is the centerpiece of communal life of Israel. Leviticus 16 highlights three celebratory days for the people of God: The Passover recalls Israel's deliverance from Egypt The Feast of Tabernacles remembers God's presence during the wilderness travels The Day of Atonement acknowledges and addresses the... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Feb 21
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Protecting Community

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), February 20 Germs spread quickly, especially in crowds. In order to protect the community from communicable disease the LORD enacted laws to identify and prevent their spread. Priests were given the responsibility of inspecting and distinguishing between what was communicable and what was not. Failure to correctly diagnose an individual's infirmity would endanger the entire congregation. Fourteen days of quarantine may... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Feb 20
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Weird Laws or Manifest Wisdom?

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), February 19  "These also shall be unclean to you among the creeping things that creep on the earth: the mole, the mouse, and the large lizard after its kind" (Lev. 11:29-30). Kids ask a lot of "Why?" questions. In Leviticus, God gives a lot of instructions that naturally lead to asking, "Why?" questions, like: Why is it permissible to eat only animals with divided hooves and that... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Feb 19
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Life in the Blood

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), February 18 When sin exposes Adam and Eve's nakedness, the LORD slays an animal and used its skin to cover the couple's nakedness. God who makes the first sacrifice and establishes the blood of animals as the medium of atonement, to cover man's sin until the way into the Holiest of All is manifest (Hebrews 9:8). It is symbolic. "Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Feb 18
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Sins of Omission

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), February 17  "If a person sins in hearing the utterance of an oath, and is a witness, whether he has seen or known of the matter-if he does not tell it, he bears guilt" (Lev. 5:1). Have you ever realized later that you should have defended someone's innocence or spoken up in a situation? Have you ever been contaminated by something harmful and not realized it until later? Have you ever made a hasty and... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Feb 17
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Reading Leviticus and Dry Toast

  Reading Leviticus is like eating dry toast. Boring and seemingly useless to 21st readers. Or not. Our youngest son is a trend eater. Years ago when he was around eight years old he only wanted four slices of dry toast for breakfast. Without jam. Without butter. For six months. Needless to say, I worried about the quality of his nutritional intake. Until one morning when I removed four slices of bread to place in the toaster and noticed these words on the plastic bag,... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Feb 16
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Communal Life

The One Year® Chronological Bible (Tyndale, 2013), February 15 Twelve days of giving followed the anointing of the completed tabernacle for the LORD. Each day one leader from one of the tribes of Israel, beginning with Judah, presented Moses with a dedication offering to the LORD, and the LORD commanded Moses to accept their offerings, "Accept these from them, that they may be used in doing the work of the tabernacle of meeting; and you shall give them to the Levites, to every... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Feb 15
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Yesterday's Work, Today's Reward

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), February 14 "Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle" (Ex. 40:34-35). The artisans may now rest from the "minutiae of obedience." The fruit of their painstaking labors is about to be revealed. After the tedium... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Feb 14
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Work That Breathes Sound Theology

The One Year® Chronological Bible , NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), February 13  Bezalel had no idea of the importance of his work. He just knew that he was gifted by God to do the task set before him. As Bezalel labored over the ark of acacia wood, the poles, and the mercy seat, he had no idea that God's glory would reside over it and that the blood of God's Son would sprinkle its heavenly copy. When Bezalel planed and sanded the table for the show bread and the poles... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Feb 13
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