Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bible Challenge 03/24 - 03/30

Greetings All!

This week we finish up the book of Exodus and move through the book of Leviticus. The last ten chapters of Exodus in particular 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.

After that we will begin our reading of Leviticus. In Leviticus, sometimes the laws and rituals described 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 as well as the 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, 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:

24, Sunday: Exodus 19-22

25, Monday: Exodus 23-26

26, Tuesday: Exodus 27-30

27, Wednesday: Exodus 31-34

28, Thursday: Exodus 35-38

29, Friday: Exodus 39 - Leviticus 2

30, Saturday: Leviticus 3-6

May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word. Amen.

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