Saturday, January 25, 2014

Leviticus 6

Today's reading in our daily plan is Leviticus 6. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Chapter six begins (as did chapter five) with some more examples of how a person might sin. Almost all of these examples have to do with lying and deception.
  • In verse 8 (and going through 7:36) there are more details given on how God wanted the sacrifices to be made. Most have to do with the portions to be eaten by the priests and, with the fellowship offering, by the person offering the sacrifice. (If you haven't been reading on the weekends with us so far this year, we have already seen the basic regulations God set for all these offerings in the first five chapters of Leviticus.)

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God has a lot to say about lying in the Bible. For example:
    • Colossians 3:9 says, "Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices."
    • Proverbs 12:22 says, "The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy."
    • Proverbs 13:5 says, "The righteous hate what is false…"

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Where do you struggle with not telling the truth? Are you tempted to exaggerate your accomplishments to impress people? Or to deceive your boss? To tell white lies to make people feel better? Or to fudge the truth to make yourself seem better to the people in your Micro Group?  God hates lying, in part because he loves us. Telling the truth is always the best alternative in the long term, even if there may be immediate consequences we don't enjoy. Commit to being a truth-teller, and take some time to ask God for help.