1) God wants Israel to see that he is their strength.
2) God led his people in those days during the day by a pillar of cloud, and by night a pillar of fire. God leads us today by his son Jesus Christ.
3) The children of Israel lost their faith in the lord when they were being chased by the pharaoh, and his army.
God led the children of Israel from 400 years of bondage. They had witnessed God’s hand of deliverance at the Red Sea and the destruction of Pharaoh and his army. And He used the situation to make known His righteous wrath, saving power and brilliant glory.
God showed the whole world that he was all powerful.
I continued my study via Leviticus 16-18. My immediate response at the conclusion of Chpt. 18 was: “God of a second chance.”
My first takeaway: We’ve got to learn to appreciate Him more. Chapter 16 did bring to mind something I pointed out previously–about how anyone choosing to base their religious practices solely on the Old Testament will completely miss the mark each time if they are not following every letter outlined under the old law. For instance, this one chapter alone [detailing atonement by the priest for himself and of everyone else] is already a strike one! This was a lot to take in, and I was just reading and visualizing it (hahaha) Yet, so many still don’t appreciate how good we have it in this New Testament era with this “simplified” version of worship–sing, pray, preach, commune, give…that’s it.
My second takeaway: The life of the flesh is in the blood (17:11). I have always wondered why there was so much use of blood in the Old Testament, and now I know: the life of the flesh is in the blood. That makes perfect sense to me. That’s why God had them to use it for atonement of their sins. And, because their sins were never really forgiven–just rolled forward a year–that’s why there was so much bloodshed of bulls, lambs, and goats in the old scriptures. This verse was clearly an “ah ha” moment for me:)
My final takeaway came from Chpt. 18: God of a second chance. Because my mind plays a vivid movie of what I am reading as I read, as well as psychoanalyzes the imagery it is seeing as it sees it, this chapter was particularly disturbing to get thru. There was so much sexual immorality that had gone on before God delivered His children out of bondage. Men AND WOMEN were just vile and profane beings. Rape, molestation, incest, homosexuality, bestiality, human sacrifice…all of it had been freely committed in abundance already before this moment of Chpt. 18. God gives them another chance to get it right (unlike the nations of people that had gone before them), and not let the “world” swallow them up as a chosen people in it’s sinfulness and then vomit them out into captivity. Seeing we [the human race, and unfortunately even some of God’s children] still have not managed to stay away from incestuous and/or illicit sexual acts, one can only wonder: “How many more generations of second chances do we have left?”
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