Welcome back! I hope your first week in Leviticus went well. Do you see what I meant about this not being the book to start with? Hopefully the video previews each week and my APPLYs will help keep things relevant and interesting. Speaking of APPLY, check out mine for this week, it’s about choosing a home church.
Monday, June 11 Chapter 6
Tuesday, June 12 Chapter 7
Wednesday, June 13 Chapter 8
Thursday, June 14 Chapter 9
Friday, June 15 Chapter 10
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If this is your first Bible-A-Day study, you may not know how keen I am on worshipping God the way he asks us to worship him. I think in our modern culture we have this idea that we can worship God how we want, how we feel most comfortable, how we feel best. It is very easy for us to say we like the way a particular minister gives sermons, the music selection at a particular church, or the vibe we get there. I’m not going to say these things are bad, but they may miss the point.
Worship means sacrifice. As we are seeing in Leviticus, the priests have to perform a lot of sacrifices. The responsibility of the priest is to perform these sacrifices, not to give the people a sermon they like, play music they like, or build a structure they like. They are there to perform sacrifices. This then begs the questions, what is the responsibility of modern priests, and just as important, what’s our role in all this?
First of all, modern priests are responsible for making Christ’s sacrifice on the cross present to us in the modern day. They do this through the consecration of the Eucharist. Jesus was the last sacrifice, the perfect sacrifice. Since his saving act on Good Friday, we no longer have to perform these rituals in the same way the ancient Israelites had to, but the ideas behind these prescriptions are still valid.
The second questions pertaining to what our role is, can also be answered through Leviticus. The people present themselves and their offerings to the priest. They are called to make atonement when they do wrong, and to celebrate God’s mighty acts of kindness and mercy. It is our job to obey God’s commands, all of them. That means living lives devoted to him and worshipping the way he instructs. We cannot change worship or decide what we want to sacrifice, when we want to sacrifice, or how to sacrifice. Bible study is a fantastic start, but it’s only a start. Daily prayer is a wonderful start, but it’s only a start. When it comes to fulfilling our end of the covenant with God, we must worship the way he calls.
That worship happens in the Church, with the sacraments. Each of the sacraments is vital for the sanctification of the Body of Christ. I’m going through them in my Learning Through Liturgy study but we also touch on them in this Bible-A-Day program. In this book we see much of the importance of Holy Orders. In Genesis we saw Baptism, and in Exodus we saw Eucharist. Any church that holds to all seven of the sacraments, particularly Holy Orders and Eucharist, are churches we can explore.
I talk with my dad often about the bones of worship and the flesh of worship. The location, the music, and even the sermons are flesh. These can change based on where we are most comfortable. The bones are the sacraments. They are our rest stops in life’s journey and we need them, God gave them to us for this purpose, to be our guide and our rest as we walk toward heaven.
In more simple terms: I will go to any Catholic church. There I will find the Eucharist, valid Holy Orders, Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, and Matrimony. Gothic Revival architecture and vampire organs are my preference, however I will go to a church with art deco architecture and guitars…as long as they make present the sacrifice of Christ on the cross at every Mass. Nothing short of the Eucharist is worshipping God the way he has designed for us.
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