This week we will finish Exodus and begin Leviticus. The last ten chapters of Exodus are very interesting. In chapter 31, we find out information about the craftsmen charged with making the tabernacle items and a reminder about the Sabbath. Chapters 32-34 deal with the golden calf, God's response, the second set of tablets and a radiant Moses. That's followed up in chapter 35-38 as the Israelites collect gifts to make the tabernacle and its furnishings and then the tabernacle is setup and filled in chapters 38-40.
Then we move into the book of Leviticus. Sometimes the laws and rituals described in Leviticus can seem dry and confusing as you read through them. It helps to remember that the big picture of Leviticus is working out God's covenant with Israel, the consequences of entering into a special relationship with God, special community relationships and behavior. Leviticus can really be divided into two parts: 1) the Priestly Code (chapters 1-16 and 27) and 2) the Holiness Code (chapter 17-26). Our focus this week is primarily on the Priestly Code which is instructions to the priests regarding rituals of cleanliness, sin-offerings and the observance of holidays. Hopefully having a framework to help guide your reading will help Leviticus seem less dry and more relevant.
Here is the schedule:
25, Sunday: Exodus 28-31
26, Monday: Exodus 32-35
27, Tuesday: Exodus 36-39
28, Wednesday: Exodus 40 - Leviticus 3
29, Thursday: Leviticus 4-7
30, Friday: Leviticus 8-11
31, Saturday: Leviticus12-15
May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and the living out of His Holy Word. Amen.