On January 1st I took on the challenge to read through the Bible in only 90 days. I've tried it in the past & I've always let Leviticus do me in. And it almost happened yet again. I thought about skipping it. Instead I just skimmed - fast! But about half way through it struck me...the entire book of Leviticus focuses on all the ways the Israelites needed to make atonement to God for all their sins. There were wave offerings, grain offerings, sin offerings, and so many more. Each carefully laid out for them. It told how folks who need to be cleansed of diseases or wrong doings - even if they didn't know they had done something wrong - had to do to find cleansing to be "clean in the eyes of God". There are 27 chapters that focus on all of this. Twenty-seven chapters that spell it all out. And the thing that struck me in the midst of all of this...Jesus. Jesus came and took the need for ALL of that away. Jesus was perfect in every way - sinless. He was the only one who could have done this for us. And he did. By choice. It still gets to me every time I think about it. Jesus died for me. For my sins. So I wouldn't have to sacrifice a pigeon or a dove or a bull or a lamb. Jesus was the perfect Lamb - sacrificed for me.
I've made it through Leviticus (yeah!) and now I'm heading through Numbers. Numbers starts out pretty dry too so I'm again skimming fast. It continues where Leviticus left off with more rules and regulations for the Israelites. Today is Day 12 & I should be reading Numbers 21:8 through Numbers 32:19. But I'm way back in Numbers 9. My goal it to continue working on this & be caught up soon. I will finish this challenge!