February 8, 2015

Leviticus 11-12 - God spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Speak to the People of Israel.  Tell them, of all the animals on Earth, these are the animals that you may eat:  those that have a split hoof, divided in two, and that chews the cud, but not an animal that only chews the cud or only has a split foot....

Among the creatures that live in the water, you may eat any that have fins and scales.  But anything that doesn’t have fins and scales, whether in seas or streams, whether small creatures in the shallows or huge creatures in the deeps, you are to detest... 

These are the birds  you are to detest: eagle, vulture osprey, kite, all falcons, ravens, ostrich, nighthawks, owls, cormorant, ibis, water hen, pelican, Egyptian vulture, stork, all heron, hoopoe, & bat.   

All flying insects that walk on all four are detestable to you.  But you can eat all locusts, katydids, crickets and grasshoppers...

Among the creatures that crawl on the ground, the following are unclean for you: weasel, rat, all lizards, gecko, monitor lizard, wall lizard, skink, chameleon. Among the crawling creatures, these are unclean for you…. 

Make yourselves holy for I am holy. Don’t make yourselves ritually unclean by any creature that crawls on the ground. I am God who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Be holy because I am holy.

These are the instructions on animals, birds, fish, and creatures that crawl on the ground. You have to distinguish between the ritually unclean and the clean, between living creatures that can be eaten and those that cannot be eaten.”

God spoke to Moses: “Tell the People of Israel, A woman who conceives and gives birth to a boy is ritually unclean for 7 days, the same as during menstruation.  On the 8th day circumcise the boy.  The mother must stay home another 33 days for purification from her bleeding.  She may not touch anything consecrated or enter the Sanctuary until the days of her purification are complete.  

If she gives birth t a girl, she is unclean for 14 days, the same as during her menstruation.  She must stay home for 66 days for purification from her bleeding...

When the days for her purification for either a boy or a girl are complete, she will then bring a yearling lamb for an offering (Whole-burnt) and a pigeon/dove (absolution) 


Hebrews 5:11-6:20 - I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening.  

By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from the beginning.  

The basic foundational truths are in place:
turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust to God;

baptismal instructions;

laying on of hands;

resurrection of the dead;

eternal judgment...

God helping us, we will stay true to all that.  But there is so much more...

Once people have seen the light, gotten a taste of heaven, and been part of the work of the Holy Spirit, once they have personally experienced the sheer goodness of God’s Word and the powers breaking in on us--if then they turn their backs on it, washing their hands of the whole thing, well, they can’t start over as if nothing happened...Why, they’ve re-crucified Christ!!...

God doesn’t miss anything.  He knows perfectly well all the love you’ve shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it.  And now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till it is finished.  Don’t drag your feet!  Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them.

When God gave his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line...God can’t break his word.  And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.  

We, who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.  It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.