Reading #1 – Leviticus 19
Reading #2 – Psalms 52
Reading #3 – lamentations 3
Reading #4 – Zechariah 5
Reading #5 – Hebrews 9
Leviticus 19 – That which will drive God out. If we are to call ourselves by the name of G_d, we must act like it. If we were to invite a company to come in and rebuild our home, it would be in our best interest to listen to their ideas and let them finish the work we paid them to do. In the same way, when we ask G_d to come into our lives, it would be in our best interest to listen to him and accept his guidance. The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy (1-2). This command applies to everyone who calls themselves by the name of G_d. We can spend long hours evangelizing, feeding the poor, and doing the “good works” yet people will see us walk in the footsteps of the world while calling themselves “Christian” and all of our good works will be for naught. Conversely, you can do nothing yet live out your faith by true devotion to G_d and the world will come knocking at your door asking seeking the G_d of the Universe.
Psalms 52 – A maskil or teaching Psalm of David. When Doeg the Edomite (descendent of Esau) ran to tell Saul where David was hiding, he had thought the enemy would receive the beating of his life. David could have acted in fear and surrendered to his fate; yet, that’s not what he did. Instead, David taunted him because David trusted fully in G_d and knew that Doeg would meet his untimely end. Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at you, saying, “Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others (5-7)!” The timing of this Psalm is important to understand, it was written after the events happened. I say this because taunting the enemy before the battle is a “fool’s speech” and David was no fool. But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love
forever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good (8-9).
Lamentations 3 – The Accuser of our Soul. The Prophet Jeremiah speaking about the days of destruction that have occurred in the land. The very same enemy that courted the nation, was a friend to the nation and came to help turned on the nation to destroy it. I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of the LORD’s wrath. He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light; indeed, he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long (1-3). If anybody had the right to complain, it was Jeremiah. This man sought to help the nation and in return, he was thrown into a well, beaten, verbally abused, and laughed at yet, he spoke the true and reliable word of G_d. I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness, and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him (19-24) .” Despite everything that has happened to this man, he still turned his eyes skyward to the G_d of the Universe.
Zechariah 5 – The Flying Scroll – The timing of this writing is interesting because previously he spoke about Joshua the High Priest. Now the Spirit speaks of the coming destruction of Babylon which, according to commentary is symbolic of “world religion”. The destruction of Babylon and the surrounding kingdoms would not be good news to the person who lived and made themselves comfortable in the land. Many Israelites would not come out of the land and because of it they were destroyed right alongside the other citizens of Babylon. Babylon had been destroyed at other times in scripture all because the religions set themselves in opposition to the G_d of the Universe. He replied, “To the country of Babylonia to build a house for it. When the house is ready, the basket will be set there in its place (11). The implication is that building although in the early stages of the building was not ready yet so the events would occur later in history. For God to execute judgment on the world, the first place that needs to be cleaned up is the place that calls G_d their father (1 Peter 4:17).
Hebrews 9 – The Replacement sanctuary. In the OT, the priests would sacrifice animals for the remission of sin committed in ignorance which had to be done every year. The cleansing of sin under the old rule of law would only clean outwardly as to end hostilities temporarily. The people would bring their animals to offer a sacrifice for a sin he or she committed. Jesus entered the temple once as the High Priest and offered himself as a sacrifice. His blood was poured out on the ground, he was beaten, lashed, and then impaled to the cross. Jesus had done no wrong but the Priests of the NT were trying to make things right with Rome so that they could continue their activities as to say, “see we have renounced this man, do not cast us away” (John 11:50). For this reason, Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance —now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant (15).”