There are two things in this life that I try to avoid.
- Getting up early
- Reading Leviticus
Oddly enough, those are also two things on my agenda these days. I know, you’re thinking, “Why torture yourself?!” Well, I’ll try to explain.
You see, I am now a mother of three. Anyone who has been in this situation understands what that means: there is literally not a single quiet moment from when the kids wake up at 7:30am, until they are all nestled snugly in their beds at around 8:30pm. I love my kids, but I’ll be honest… I love them better if I get a breather at some point in the day.
I think I had this revelation after a solid week of waking up in a funk. I woke up every morning to someone screaming for me. Then I thought to myself, “There is no one in this world who enjoys waking up this way.” Maybe you’re better at mornings than I am, but I’m a tad grumpy when my alarm is the screams of my children.
So, I decided that for the month of January, I was going to make it my goal to get up before my kids every morning. Then at the end of January, I would re-evaluate to see if it was really worth it. I realized about a week into it; it totally is.
Enjoying the quiet of the morning makes the inevitable loudness of the day much more enjoyable.
It also gives me some much needed time to read my bible and drink my coffee (or whatever I can find and warm up – I don’t need caffeine as much as I need thawing.).
Ok; Leviticus. Don’t we all dread getting to Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy? Maybe I’m the only one…
This time after I finished reading Exodus, I had the bright idea to actually read the introduction to the book of Leviticus and take notes on it before I began. I was shocked; it was actually really helpful.
One of the things the introduction suggested was to draw parallels between the sacrifices and rituals and their New Testament fulfillment;
Perfect Sacrifice = Jesus.
Atonement = Jesus.
Forgiveness of Sins = Jesus.
I’m also reading from Luke right now, and it has been pretty amazing to read about the rituals and sacrifices in Leviticus and then hear Jesus say, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” That must have been so mind-boggling for the paralytic to hear! His whole life had been about making sure his sacrifices were perfect in order to atone for his sins, and in an instant, his sins are forgiven!
It is so easy for us to read that, and even believe that. But I don’t think we really feel the weight of it unless we see how heavy the burden was on the Israelites before Jesus, and how miraculous it is that the only sacrifice that we need, was made for us on the cross. That is what is making this reading of Leviticus exciting.
Thank you, Jesus!