A walkthrough of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation with pastor Justin Thomas. Grow in your understanding of the message of the Scriptures and your ability to read it for yourself. Whether you think of yourself as a student of the Bible, a Christian who just wants to know God better, or a sceptic who wants to explore Christianity, Verse/Verse was created with you in mind.
God's holiness burns into our lives like an uncontainable forest fire; it touches upon every aspect of our existence. Whether it's our personal relationships, the economy, or the civility of our society, God's holiness affects these corners of our lives with profound consequence. Ultimately, this is all built upon who God is and what He's done. Living by God's character restores to Him the very opportunity to be the God over the planet, the creatures, and humanity itself.
The qualifications of the clean and the unclean are relatively foreign to us, but we see in this passage how God's order places the focus of life in a world in the midst of decay. God's redemption is a work where heavenly and holy life is cast into the midst of the dying.
When looking into the Levitical diet, we can often wonder how this is relevant at all. Is it merely hygienic? Is it merely discriminatory? Is is entirely arbitrary altogether? Ultimately, we see that the division of the clean/unclean and holy/unholy reminds us of the reverence of God Himself. In Christ, we see that God is not paintable, but His very holiness is what is contagious.
This week we close the Sacrificial ordinances and continue into the narrative of dedicating and inducting the Tabernacle and Priesthood into operation. Despite several preparatory procedures, tragic failures ensue. In these incidents, we see that Aaron has grown in the Lord and God has prepared him to serve the nation of Israel as their High Priest.
We proceed through the offerings this week. We delve into the the details of the Sin offering, the Guilt offering, and the Recompense offering. We ultimately see that rituals can't cover over our sins if our hearts aren't changed.
Leviticus opens with an index of the various offerings one can give to the LORD. This week, we look at the free will offerings, which consist of the Burnt (Ascension) Offering, the Grain (Gift) Offering, and the Peace (Fellowship) Offering. We see in these ordinances that the posture a worshipper must have before the LORD is costly, genuine, humble, and joyful. This is as true today as it was in the days of the Levitical Priesthood.
We close the book of Exodus with a repass of all of the instructions toward the construction of the Tabernacle, only this time, the execution of those instructions. The repetition of these instructions reminds us of the incredibly meticulous detailed obedience that was required in order to access the presence of the fellowship with God. Even so, the final verses of the book end with Moses not even being able to enter in. What can be done for the Israelites to have a representative enter in? Tune in when we start Leviticus to find out!
Moses is up on the mountain with God and the Israelites have thus lost their access to YHVH. To fill this void, they create an idol. This creates a dissemblance of the close covenant relationship between God and the Israelites. Moses finds himself in an intercessory position between God and the nation of Israel.
All works of the Priesthood were laid out as a type of the High Priest to come. We see that a reality of the rituals of the priesthood involved refreshing the atonement and purification of a sinful and insufficient servant. What we see in the fulfillment that is Christ is the "once-for-all" ministry of a pure and sinless High Priest [Cross Reference - Hebrews 7:1-10:25].
The creation of the world was covered over 1 chapter, but the construction of the Tabernacle spans 13 chapters of detail-oriented instructions.The Tabernacle is clearly a matter of great importance. This portable temple bears a great reminder of the tension between the exclusive holiness of God and His great desire to dwell amongst His people. As the story of redemption endures, we see God's continued progressive effort to get His people inside; into His presence.
Here in Exodus, we see the introduction of the Law to the people and their God. We see that the Nation is given a law that exceeds their ability that they may operate as a nation dependent on their God.
As the Israelite continue to wander through the wilderness, God uses opposing nations and in laws to continue to train His people (and even begin to raise up a successor to Moses). When the people arrive at the foot of the Mountain of God, they shutter in the presence of the Lord and agree to serve Him.
The pivotal moment of the Red Sea crossing is just the beginning of a host of uncanny miracles God performs for the preservation of Israel. We see in this passage how God's generous slew of miracles was granted with the purpose to train Israel. God gave miracles to teach His people how to be appropriately dependent upon Him.
In the telling of the inaugural Passover and the Death of the Firstborn (the 10th plague), we see striking parallels to the Crucifixion. We come to understand that Jesus fulfills the requirements of the Passover Lamb.
In this passage of Exodus, we see God's divine judgment poured out on the land of Egypt because of one man's stubbornness. In the tension of man's will and God's, we see a multiplicity of complexity as it plays out in reality.
This week, we close the 7 chapter section of Exodus that is the Prologue. By the end of this section, we will see tensions high and the game set. We see in this introductory portion that God is set on delivering Israel whom He now calls His firstborn son.
Exodus begins right where Genesis left off. This sequel, contingent upon the message of its predecessor, shows the wiles of tyrannical men undermined by a thoughtful God, some unassuming women, and an abandoned baby.
As we close the book of Genesis, we find that the book was not about Joseph, neither was it about Jacob, and not even about Judah. We see that the book of Genesis is ultimately a prequel. It is a book that not only looks forward to the book of Exodus, but is even more so looking forward to a coming everlasting King who will bless the entire world in His majesty.
In the second year of the famine, Jacob sends his sons to the land of Egypt, where it is rumored that there are storehouses of grain. Unbeknownst to ten sons of Jacob, they are seeking grain from the very brother they had sold into slavery thirteen years before. Joseph strategically tries his brothers' characters to see whether they remain as treacherous as they once were.
Jacob's fourteen years owed to Laban are up and he's finally ready to head off on his own along with his two wives, two concubines and (at least) twelve children. After much divine provision, Jacob still insists upon living life his own way. In this week's study through Genesis, we see the stark contrast between the fruit of Jacob's provision and that of God's.
Thus far unique to Jacob, his testimony is one of reluctant surrender to God's will. Jacob (along with the rest of the figures in this passage) is always seeking to provide for himself whenever opportunity arises. In turn, what Jacob finds is that God's promises exceed the yielding of any posed opportunity. Genesis 27:1-29:26
Isaac inherits the covenant God made to Abraham. We see that along with the faith of his father, Isaac also shares in some of Abraham's faults. We learn through this passage how God successfully accomplishes His will in the midst of our faithlessness. Genesis 24:1-26:35
As we begin to close the book of Abraham's life, we see Abraham falling into the same erroneous sins of his path, but we also see him pass God's final test of faith. Isaac upon Moriah inherently looks forward to a greater Son to come.
Twenty-Four years have passed since God has promised to make Abram into a great nation. In that time, the barren Sarai has now passed into a postmenopausal age and the promise no longer seems attainable. Despite Sarai's and Abram's attempt to realize God's word by their own attempts, heavenly messengers visit Abram with other plans. Meanwhile, Lot is also visited by heavenly messengers. These two narratives run parallel but divert and ultimately lead to polar opposite outcomes.
God's redemptive plan hones in on one man, Abram of Mesopotamia. Abram (soon to be Abraham) is often hailed as a perfect man, but we begin to see that his faith, much like ours, develops progressively after failures as well as successes. Serious failures notwithstanding, the faithfulness of the Abrahamic Covenant is contingent upon God's work; not Abram's. Genesis 12:1-15:20
As Noah's family repopulates the world, we find that sin has not been washed away in the flood. Man's pride increases on a global scale uniting mankind toward a self-exalting pride, the correction of which will not come until the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
As Adam's legacy of sin prevails, the same defect is shown inherent in his children. Depravity deepens and death does not relent. With the curse of sin and death upon mankind, we're left to wonder: "if sin is crouching at our doors, can we master it? Can we resist the temptation?"
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth". So begins the revelation of God to mankind. This first installment of Verse/Verse explores some fundamental principles including God's triune nature and Man being made in the image of God. Genesis 1:1-2:3