Reading #1 – Leviticus 16
Reading #2 – Psalms 49
Reading #3 – Proverbs 31
Reading #4 – Zechariah 2
Reading #5 – Hebrews 6
Leviticus 16 – The Day of Atonement. The day of atonement is a time in which humiliation and punishment give way to expiation or “the healing phase” of making things right. This is an annual feast that occurs at the same time year to year. In Scofield’s notes, it is recorded “The Biblical use and meaning of the word must be sharply distinguished from its use in theology. In theology, it is a term that covers the whole sacrificial and redemptive work of Christ. In the O.T., atonement is the English word used to translate the Hebrew words which mean cover, coverings, or to cover. The word propitiation in the N.T. expresses the same concept (6). Atonement covers the sin as to say, “it is paid for”. Through love and faithful a sin is atoned for but through wisdom, one learns to avoid evil (Proverbs 16:6). The day of atonement is called, “Yom Kippur” and is the holiest day in Judaism and is still honored to this date. The two goats one is the scapegoat in which the people lay hands on it and confess their sins making it responsible for the sins and then they send the animal into the wilderness. The other goat is sacrificed and burned on the altar.
Psalm 49 – Misplaced Trust and Wealth. Of all things that people rely on, the one thing that people glom onto is “wealth”. While we all need the finances to live our lives, it has no power to save us nor will it be able to keep us from death. I turn my ear to a proverb; I explain my riddle with a lyre. Why should I fear in times of trouble? The iniquity of my foes surrounds me. They trust in their wealth and boast of their abundant riches. Yet these cannot redeem a person
or pay his ransom to God —since the price of redeeming him is too costly, one should forever stop trying — so that he may live forever and not see the Pit (4-9).
Proverbs 31 – Sayings of Lemuel. Words of wisdom for the young and old alike.
Zechariah 2 – The surveyor. The land was being surveyed by an angel. The angel measured the land but it had no walls and no landmarks. Then the angel who was speaking with me went out, and another angel went out to meet him. 4 He said to him, “Run and tell this young man: Jerusalem will be inhabited without walls because of the number of people and livestock in it.” 5 The declaration of the LORD: “I will be a wall of fire around it, and I will be the glory within it (3-5).” Oddly enough, this same vision would be played out in the book of Revelations (I will get into this connection in other writings). Scofield’s notes, states that the purpose of the measurements was for building the temple in the kingdom age. At the time of the writing, the nation was still in exile in Babylon. Babylon was about to break out into a civil war as the Medes and Persians were about to lose control which would open the door for the nation to leave exile. The problem is that there were many Jews that had been pretty comfortable where they were and had no intent on leaving.
Hebrews 6 – Warning against regression or going back into sin. Getting saved from the pits of sin is one of the most celebrated events in our life because life starts all over again for us. In the Psalms it is recorded, “as far as the east is from the west so far has he cast our sins behind us” (Psalms 103:12). While this sounds great, the distance between east and west is about 180-degree turn around. So when we go back into the sinful practices that we were saved from, coming back from that point to salvation is much harder, and more tenacity is required. The reason for this is the Devil will not release you and will bring you deeper than you were before you came out.