SOAP for Day 8
Today’s reading was a little difficult to get through. The Israelite ceremonial law was hard to understand sometimes. I am glad that I live in the era after Jesus died so I don’t have to sacrifice animals for my sins! I think I would be at the temple doing that all day long – I’d run out of animals!
Leviticus 1:1 – 14:32
Scripture: “If the whole Israelite community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though the community is unaware of the matter, they are guilty.’” ~ Leviticus 4:13
Observation: God has to punish sin even if it is unintentional. He doesn’t do it out of spite, he just does it because he is just and can’t let things go unpunished. Thankfully, in this day in age, all it takes to get right with God again is to confess sin and ask for forgiveness. Thank you God!
Application: Sometimes, in order to gain some perspective, I try to look at God through the eyes of a parent – like how I would be if I was God (I know I am not God, nor do I want to be ;)). As a parent, if I set rules (rules I know that are ultimately beneficial for the whole family), I am not doing a good job if I don’t enforce those rules. Kids would get hurt and life would be chaotic if I didn’t enforce them. In same way, God sets rules that are ultimately for our own good and he has to punish if the rules aren’t obeyed (that is, we sin). God knows that those things he calls sin actually hurt us, just like a parent knows certain things are not good for kids to do. Because God is so holy, we can look forward to a pain-free, perfect life in heaven with him because there will be no sin to hurt us or anyone else.
Prayer: God, thank you for holiness and for you love. Help me understand your word and how it applies to my life.