Reading #1 – Leviticus 12
Reading #2 – Psalms 45
Reading #3 – Proverbs 27
Reading #4 – Zephaniah 3
Reading #5 – Hebrews 2
Leviticus 12 – Purification after childbirth. The time of purification, according to commentary, was between one and two weeks. The shortening of the time of purification for the male is due to the requirement that the child is circumcised by the 8th day. The offering consisted of two parts the sin offering and the burnt offering.
Psalms 45 – A Wedding Song – In a way, this Psalm follows Song of Solomon on his wedding day. The king in royal garb dressed for battle and his wife beside him in the gold of Ophir. The idyllic kingdom in its earliest stages. The desire would be for the king to raise sons who would ascend to the throne at the death of their father. Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
you will make them princes throughout the land. I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you forever and ever (16 and 17).
Proverbs 27 – Counting that which doesn’t already exist – Do not boast about tomorrow for you do not know what will happen (1). There is an adage, “DO not count your chickens before they are hatched”. When we wake up in the morning, we are unaware of what may happen so we cannot boast about it. Consider the idyllic kingdom in which the father reigns righteously over the kingdom and his sons take their place in time; yet, as we found out from Solomon, his son did ascend to the throne but the days were far more difficult than was expected.
Zephaniah 3 – The end game – Woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled! She obeys no one, she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the LORD, she does not draw near to her God. Her officials within her are roaring lions; her rulers are evening wolves, who leave nothing for the morning. Her prophets are unprincipled; they are treacherous people (1-4 NIV). When a nation can no longer be warned, there is but one outcome and that is., “destroy it”. In the time of Jesus, the disciples commenting on how beautiful the temple was. Oddly enough, Jesus did not respond with like comments; instead, he said “tear it down and I will rebuild it in three days (John 2:19). This was an impressive comment because the temple took over 40 years to build it. Of course, it was a ludicrous statement because, the listener thought he was referring to the physical temple, not the spiritual one.
Hebrews 2 – We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away (1 NIV). This is an active statement that implies doing the first works that brought us to the cross so that we will continue to grow up in Jesus. There are of course many voices in the world that say, “follow me” yet lead us nowhere. The question is, how will we know the right voice to listen to? My sheep know my voice” that is, it never changes. What God had said in the very beginning still holds today. Paul had said to the Galatian church, You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning employing the Spirit, are you now trying to finish using the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness (Galatians 3:1-6).”