Do I Really Need to Read That?

Sometimes when we are reading the Bible, we come across sections of Scripture that are just plain hard to get through. In my Bible reading plan, I am currently working my way through the book of Leviticus.

I find it is the hardest book of the Bible to read. It is full of quite graphic descriptions of the different sacrifices and laws around clean / unclean etc, that I struggle to reconcile to my life in Healesville 2017.

2 points that come to mind which I need to remind myself of, whenever I am in the midst of Leviticus in particular, are as follows:

  1. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 reads: 'All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work'. This means that even Leviticus has something to teach me, and it is worthwhile me persisting in reading it until I find what God may be trying to say to me from it.
  2. I am so thankful for Jesus and His death and resurrection, that has freed us from the endless cycle of sacrifices depicted in Leviticus. Jesus died once for all, for all time. He was the perfect sacrifice for all people, for all time. In reading Leviticus, it reminds me to thank Jesus for all He has done.

Perhaps you have been avoiding some books of the Bible? May I encourage you to dig a bit deeper, and open up those sections of Scripture that you may have marked as "off-limits". You may be surprised what God wants to teach you from it!

God bless,

Tim Connelly

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