Day Fifty-three: February 22: Today’s Tasting: Leviticus 17-19: Do not take living holy lightly, decreed the Lord, to Israel. For those of us who are a part of Israel by the finished work of the cross, how might we live holy? Is living holy following a set of rules? Is living holy a burdensome life? Is living holy sad and solemn?
A New Life for Israel consisted of:
- Bringing their sacrifice to the priest
- The priest must offer the sacrifice to the Lord
- The priest must splatter the blood against the Lord’s altar
- The priest must burn the fat as a pleasing aroma to the Lord
- No offering sacrifices to idols
Holiness, A New Life:
- The sacrifice offered to the Lord became a holy event
- The blood of the sacrifice, “You must never eat or drink,” “The life of every creature is in its blood
- Do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life
- You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” Love and live holy
Today’s Nourishment: In the past, I lived with a misconception concerning holiness. I did not realize that this new life resonates joy and peace, the way I know joy and peace now. Christ finished work—His life, death, resurrection, and ascension, completed my burden and bought my peace. He completed His work, sent Another just life Him to live inside of me, and called me His Temple. The way I may live this New Life of holiness—allow the Holy Spirit to live the Christ life through me. That defines New Life as a holy event – Jesus living in and through me. His resurrection power living in me becomes a New Life event, a holy event. I rest in that and rest in His finished work to say, “I live CLEAN (Holy) in 2013.” He washes me CLEAN (Holy) in 2013. CLEAN of self, to live His life through me – Living Holy a whole New Life.
Describe your New Life:
Tomorrow’s Reading: Leviticus 20-22