Monday, 11 June 2012

Bible in a Year - Day 45

Day 41 - Leviticus 10, 11 & 12; Matthew 26:1-19
Leviticus is a difficult book so far. I'm struggling to find evidence of our loving God, though perhaps Leviticus 12 shows His love for women. They are unclean from 33 (after a boy) to 66 (after a girl) days after birth. I do not profess to understand all the clean and unclean laws, but I do wonder if perhaps this law was to allow women the chance to rest, recuperate and bond with their new babies. They would be unable to do anything for anyone else, for fear of making them unclean too, so would be free to sleep, to cuddle, to breastfeed, to settle into motherhood. And while it seems unfair that the period of uncleanliness is longer after giving birth to a girl, perhaps this was to allow an extra time of bonding with a new daughter, who would not have the immediate status and importance of a son, and so might need extra love and attachment.

Day 42 - Leviticus 13; Matthew 26:20-54
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:28) Awesome!

Day 43 - Leviticus 14; Matthew 26:55-75

Day 44 - Leviticus 15, 16 & 17; Matthew 27:1-31

Day 45 - Leviticus 18 & 19; Matthew 27:32-66
Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 18:21)
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:9-10)
Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:32)
To be honest, Leviticus 19 is full of laws that show God's love for us and how to stop us from hurting ourselves and others.
Today's reading from Matthew 27 is the account of Jesus's crucifixion - the ultimate sacrifice of our loving God: His innocent Son, for our guilty souls.

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