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Our Journey – Week 8

Our Journey began here in Genesis, where you can see this months
reading schedule and past journal entries! Please join us reading
through the Bible chronologically this year! May God Bless you as
you walk and build your relationship closer with Him!

February 18 Leviticus 16, 23-25  
February 19 Numbers 28-30  
February 20 Leviticus 26-27  
February 21 Numbers 1-4  
February 22 Leviticus 17-22; Numbers 5-6  
February 23 Numbers 7  
February 24 Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up

 I’m sorry for the late posting of last weeks reading notes… Yes,
I’m behind in my reading schedule. We’ve had a lot going on here… please
keep my family and friends in your prayers – and lift me up
to get back on schedule with the readings.
Thank you in advance for your prayers and understanding.

Continuing our journey through Leviticus!

Chapter 16
The Day of Atonement is shared here… instructions for the altar. The notes I want to share with you are from my Life Application NIV Study BibleThe Day of Atonement was the greatest day of the year for Isreal. The Hebrew word for atone means “to cover.” Old Testament sacrifices could not actually remove sins, only cover them. On this day, the people confessed their sins as a nation, and the high priest went into the Most Holy Place to make atonement for them. Sacrifices were made and blood was shed so that the people’s sins could be “covered” until Christ’s sacrifice on the cross would give people the opportunity to have thier sin removed forever.

Have you really thought about this? … having your own sin removed forever!! Take the time and thank Him for giving us His mercy and removing our sins!

Living a Holy Life (Leviticus 18:1 – 27:34)After the sacrificial system for forgiving sins was in place, the people were instructed on how to live as forgiven people. Applying these standards to our lives helps us grow in obedience and live a life pleasing to God. 

 *       Do not follow the practices of the people in the Egypt nor Canaan (18:3)
 *       Obey Gods laws and be careful to follow all decrees (18:4)
*       Do not approach any close relative to have sexual relations (18:6-24; 20:10-21)
o         It is dishonoring to your father to have sexual relations with your mother
o         It is dishonoring to your father to have sexual relations with your father’s wife
o         Do not have sexual relations with your sister weather she is biological or not
o         It is dishonoring to you to have sexual relations with your granddaughter
o         Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, she is your sister
o         Do not have sexual relations with your aunt, not even your father’s brother’s wife
o         Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law
o         It is dishonoring to you to have sexual relations with your brother’s wife
o         Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter, nor her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; this is wickedness
o         Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living
o         Do not have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period
o         Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife and defile yourself
o         Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable
         o         Do not have sexual relations with any animal; this will defile you and is a perversion
*       Be holy (19:2; 20:7)
*       Respect your mother and father (19:3)
*       Observe Gods Sabbaths (19:3; 26:2)
*       Do not turn to (worship) idols or make gods of cast metal (19:4; 26:1)
*       When you make a fellowship offering be sure to eat it the day offered or the day after; anything left over until the third day is impure and should be burned up ( 19:5-8 )
*       God instructed the Hebrews to provide for those in need. He required that the people leave the edges of their fields unharvested, providing food for travelers and the poor. (19:9-10)
*       Do not steal (19:11)
*       Do not lie (19:11)
*       Do not deceive one another (19:11)
*       Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God (19:12; 22:31-33)
*       Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him (19:13)
*       Do not hold back wages of a hired man overnight (19:13)
*       Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind man (19:14)
*       Judge your neighbor fairly (19:15)
*       Do not slander one another (19:16)
*       Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life (19:16)
*       Do not hate your brother in your heart (19:17)
*       Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself ( 19:18 )
*       Do not mate different kinds of animals (19:19)
*       Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed (19:19)
*       Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material (19:19)
*       A guilt offering must be given if a man sleeps with a woman who is promised to another man (19:20-22)
*       When you enter a new land and plant any kind of tree do not eat its fruit until the fifth year. (19:23-25)
*       Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it (19:26)
*       Do not practice divination or sorcery (19:26)
*       Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard (19:27; 21:5-6)
*       Do not cut your bodies for the dead ( 19:28 )
*       Do not put tattoo marks on yourself ( 19:28 )
*       Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute (19:29)
*       Observe God’s Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary (19:30; 26:2)
*       Do not turn to mediums or seek out spirits (19:31; 20:6)
*       Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God (19:32)
*       Love the aliens that live with you in your land as you love yourself and remember you were once an alien when in Egypt (19:33-34)
*       Use honest measuring standards (19:35-36)
*       Do not give your children to Molech (the Ammonites national god) (18:21; 20:2-5)
*       Do not curse your mother or father ( 20:8 )
*       Priest’s do not touch dead bodies, except for a close relative, as doing so will make him unclean (21:1-4)
*       A priest can only marry a virgin ( 21:13-15; 7-8 )
*       The high priest must keep himself clean, his hair kept, and not tear his clothes; he must not enter a place where there is a dead body (21:10-12)
*       No priest with a defect could offer a sacrifice or come near the curtain or approach the alter (21:16-23; 22:3-9)
*       Priest’s are to treat with respect the sacred offerings the Israelites consecrate to God (22:2)
*       Only priest’s are to eat the sacred offering (22:10-16)
*       Only present a male without defect from the cattle, sheep or goats to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering (22:17-25)
*       Do not slaughter a cow or a sheep and its young on the same day ( 22:28 )
*       To have a thank offering acceptable to the Lord it must be eaten that same day (22:29-30)
*       Proclaim His appointed feasts as sacred assemblies (23:2-43) 
o        Work only six day; as the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a Sabbath to the Lord

The Feasts
Besides enjoying one Sabbath day of rest each week, the Israelites also enjoyed 19 days when national holidays were celebrated.

Festival What it Celebrated Its Importance
One day (23:5)
When God spared the lives of Israel’s first born children in Egypt and freed the Hebrews from slavery Reminded the people of God’s deliverance
Unleavened Bread
Seven days
( 23:6-8 )
The exodus from Egypt Reminded the people they were leaving the old life behind and entering a new way of living
One day (23:9-14)
The first crops of the barely harvest Reminded the people how God provided for them
Pentecost (Weeks)
One day (23:15-22)
The end of the barley harvest and beginning of the wheat harvest Showed joy and thanksgiving over the bountiful harvest
One day (23:23-25)
The beginning of the seventh month (civil new year) Expressed joy and thanksgiving to God
Day of Atonement
One day (23:26-32)
The removal of sin from the people and the nation Restored fellowship with God
Shelters (Feasts of Tabernalces)
Seven days (23:33-43)
God’s protection and guidance in the desert Renewed Israel’s commitment to God and trust in His guidance and protection

 *       Israelites are to bring clear oil for the lamps and they’re to be kept burning and must be tended continually (24:1-4)
*       Bake twelve loaves of bread each Sabbath as a lasting covenant with Lord (24:5-9)
*       Do not curse nor blasphemy the Name of God (24:10-16)
*       Consequences for taking the life of a human being or someone’s animal (24:17-22)
*       The land given to you must observe a Sabbath to the Lord; every seventh year allow the land to rest (25:1-7; 18-22)
*       Every 50 years celebrate the Year of Jubilee which included canceling all debts, freeing all slaves, and returning to its original owners all land that had been sold. There is no indication in the Bible that the Year of Jubilee was ever carried out. If Israel had followed this practice faithfully, they would have been a society without permanent poverty. [Life Application NIV Study Bible, p.186, notes] (25:8-17; 23-34; 39-55)
*       Assist the poor and helpless without interest so he can continue to live among you ( 25:35-38 )
*       Rewards for obedience (26:1-13)
*       Punishments for disobedience (26:14-46)
*       Dedications and devotions to the Lord (Redeeming what is Gods) (27:1-34)

Praying for you,


One Response

  1. There is more information regarding Leviticus and a Jewish calendar, which includes many of the feasts and sacred days: http://www.oneyearbibleblog.com/2008/02/february-28th-o.html

    Check it out!
    God Bless, HL

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