I hope I am dispelling some of that “Oh No! We are stuck in Leviticus feeling of reading through the whole Bible!” We are not under the law, we are under grace (Romans 6:14; 7:6) and the law has been made obsolete by Jesus perfectly fulfilling it (Heb 8:13). Nevertheless Leviticus shows us so much by pointing forward to the coming of Christ!
v1 On the eight day – they had been preparing inside the Tabernacle for 7 days. God often takes time preparing us to bear fruit. So often in our early days of faith, God is as much working on us as working through us!
v6 The preparation was so the glory of the Lord would appear to them. Revelation, theology and prayer should lead us to encounter!
v24 On this occasion he glory of the Lord came down as fire consuming the offering – the people saw it and fell to the ground with a shout!
Fire is a symbol of God’s presence throughout Scripture! and revival history e.g Sunderland 1904 when the fire fell and the debt was consumed in a parish church in Monkwearmouth at the start of the 20th C Pentecostal outpouring. In Scripture…
God is a consuming fire! Deut 4:24
John the Baptist promised the baptism of the Spirit and fire Matt 3:11
Jesus said I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! (Luke 12:49)
Atheist’s life verse 4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him, all his thoughts are “There is no God!”
V11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. Evangelism and witness must be a priority in our lives – so many are going to a lost eternity because no-one has told them. I have learnt in the last few weeks, we don’t have to worry about how to transition sentences and glib things to say to get a conversation round to the Gospel. Just ask and tell, using the bridge to life on the back of an envelope! Learn the verses on that link too! The bridge above is on goodsoil.com
1 Thess 3
Before afflictions come we need to be established and exhorted in our faith by good men like Paul’s spiritual son Timothy!
Paul had disciple him well, Timothy knew Pauls “ways in Christ” and Paul was happy sending him into situations as his son.
Thankfully the Thessalonians were growing in faith and love and looking forward to seeing Paul again!