Trek through Leviticus
Scripture reading for February 15th: Leviticus 27, Numbers 1-3, Mark 6
Key Scriptures: Mark 6:54-56 “And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized Him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard He was. And wherever He came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored Him that they might touch even the fringe of His garment. And as many as touched it were made well.”
Jesus’ reputation as a healer spread rapidly across the region. Mark records again an incident about touching Jesus’ garment and healing occurring. In this case, all who touched Him were healed. People ran and brought the sick to wherever Jesus was and sought Jesus with desperation and purpose. Their faith was rewarded each time! The Book of Numbers instructs God’s people to gather around the Tent of Meeting, where God’s holy presence was found.
Numbers 2:1-2 “The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “The people of Israel shall camp each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ houses. They shall camp facing the tent of meeting on every side.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your holy presence that brings blessing and healing to Your people. Today, I allow You to camp in my heart and touch me with Your healing grace. Amen.
Scripture reading for February 14th: Leviticus 24-26, Mark 5
Key Scriptures: Mark 5:25-29 “And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If I touch even His garments, I will be made well. And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.”
Jesus reputation spread among the people. Mark records the story of one woman who had faith that even touching Jesus’ garment would bring healing that had eluded her for twelve years and taken all she had. She pressed in through the crowd and secretly touched Jesus and immediately was healed. Jesus commended this woman, telling her that her faith had made her well.
Leviticus 26:12-13 And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be My people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be slaves. And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your continual Presence with Your people. May I learn to walk in erect and free from yokes of bondage, in health and freedom from daily communion with You. Amen.
Scripture reading for February 13th: Leviticus 20-23, Mark 4
Key Scriptures: Mark 4:14-20 “”The sower sows the Word. And these are the ones along the path, where the Word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the Word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the Word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while, . . .And others are the ones sown among the thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches. . . choke the Word. . .But those sown on good soil . . . .hear and bear fruit. . .””
Jesus explained the parable of the sower to His disciples, explaining that it was a key to understanding all parables. The Word of God is like seed sown on various kinds of soil. The soil is the ground of individual hearts. Hearing and allowing the seed to grow and produce fruit comes only with the ‘good’ soil of faith. Satan, the world and our sinful nature oppose the Word. Those set apart to God hear and do the Word.
Leviticus 20:26 “You shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for separating me to Yourself by Your holy Word, Jesus Christ. I offer the ground of my heart as a garden of fruitfulness and good soil. Amen.
Scripture reading for February 12th: Leviticus 16-19, Mark 3
Key Scriptures: Mark 3:1-5 “Again He entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And He looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.”
Jesus came to forgive sins and heal the oppressed. Religious people watched Him closely, not to marvel at the miracles and learn from the Son of God the way of forgiveness and salvation. They wanted to catch Him in their rules and destroy Him. Jesus was grieved and angered at their hardness of heart. There was no love for Him or for their fellow brother.
Leviticus 19:18 “”You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.””
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your great compassion for the lost and hurting. Help me to never judge others by religious rules but to be Your hand extended in grace and love. Amen.
Scripture reading for February 8th: Leviticus 9-11, Mark 1
Key Scriptures: Mark 1:35-38 “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed. And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him, and they found Him and said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” And He said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out. And He went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.””
Jesus, Son of God, separated Himself from His followers and the crowds that sought Him for His ability to heal. He went to desolate places to pray and commune with the Father. He desired only to do His Father’s will and fulfill all the Father’s plans. He had no fear of man or desire for the crowd’s applause. Holiness is separation from the world (Egypt) and separation to our Holy God and His holy will.
Leviticus 11:44-45 “For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.” . . . “For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
Scripture reading for February 7th: Leviticus 5-8, Matthew 28
Key Scriptures: Matthew 28:1-5 “Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you seek Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen. . .”
Matthew’s account of the resurrection of Jesus describes the two Mary’s going to Jesus’ tomb and after experiencing an earthquake, seeing an angel of the Lord sitting on the stone which had been rolled away from the tomb’s mouth. The guards were like dead men. The angel recognized the women and told them not to be afraid. Jesus was alive from the grave! What awesome news!
Exodus 8:34 “As has been done today, the Lord has commanded it to be done to make atonement for you.”
Prayer: Father, thank You for sending Your son Jesus to die in my place. May I walk in freedom from fear of death because of Your Son’s perfect obedience. Amen.
Scripture reading for February 6th: Leviticus 2-4, Matthew 27
Key Scriptures: Matthew 27:50-54 “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!””
Jesus, the Son of God, hung on a cross between heaven and earth, offering His own body and blood as the final sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the world. He cried out to His Father one more time and gave up His spirit. The earth shook, rocks were split, tombs were opened, saints were resurrected and the temple curtain was torn from top to bottom! The Gentile centurion and those with him declared the divinity of Jesus, Son of God!
Leviticus 4:15,20-21 “And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the Lord, and the bull shall be killed before the Lord. . . .And the priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Son of God, thank You for Your complete obedience to fulfill the law as the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. May I always use the grace provided to approach Your throne through Your sacrifice. Amen.
Scripture reading for February 6th: Leviticus 24-27, Numbers 1
Key Scriptures: Leviticus 25:10-12 “Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan. The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines. For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields.”
Every seven sets of seven years, God told the Israelites to take a break! They could rest from work and eat off what He provided from the fields. They could return to their family property and all slaves would be set free. Debts would be forgiven and a fresh start was available to all!
Cause for rejoicing: Although there is no record that the Israelites observed a jubilee, Jesus Christ came and proclaimed He was our Jubilee! “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Jubilee).” (Luke 4:18-19)
Scripture reading for February 3rd: Leviticus 20-23
Key Scriptures: Leviticus 20:22-24 “Keep all my decrees and laws and follow them, so that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am going to drive out before you. Because they did all these things, I abhorred them. But I said to you, “You will possess their land; I will give it to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey.” I am the Lord your God, who has set you apart from the nations.””
Disobedience could cost the Israelites their inheritance. The land would ‘vomit’ them out if they did not follow God’s instructions completely! They failed! But fortunately for us, God sent His Son to perfectly obey the Law that we might have an eternal inheritance in His glorious Presence!
Cause for rejoicing: Jesus Christ is our Champion, having perfectly obeyed His Father and offered His own body and blood for our redemption! “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you. . .” (1st Peter 1:3-4)
Scripture reading for February 2nd: Leviticus 15-19
Key Scriptures: Leviticus 19:18, 32-34 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. . . .Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord. When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
God instructed His people to love their neighbors. The world holds grudges, shows prejudice and exalts youth. But God’s people are to honor the elderly, love the alien and release those who offend them. We are to be people who love our neighbors as our own selves!
Attitude of Gratitude: We can be thankful for a God of love who treats all people with honor and dignity and love! “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” “Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Matthews 22:36-39)