Day 53 Reading – Leviticus Chapters 26-27
These are the commands that the Lord gave Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites. Leviticus 27:34 CEB
You will find this phrase over and over in the books of the law.
It is a phrase we too often ignore.
Most theologians agree that there were 613 specific laws given.
But by the time of Jesus, the Pharisees and added so many laws that each of the laws had by best accounts thousands of more specific rules added to each of the original 613.
It seems from the beginning we have decided to speak for God and add meaning to God’s word. And the only people benefiting from the additions are the people adding the meaning.
No wonder Jesus tried to simplify it all for us by summarizing the totality of the law into two simple rules …
You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.
And yet here we are still trying to add to God’s law rules and restrictions.
And who benefits?
Maybe … just maybe … reading those words in Leviticus do mean something to us.
And perhaps that is why they are the last words …
Day 54 Reading – Numbers Chapters 1-4