I Read a Phonebook Today

Scripture: Leviticus 13 & 14 NIV
Scripture: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8 NIV

Observation: Sometimes our daily reading doesn’t really inspire us. Even though, God can still show us a truth.

Application: Let’s face it, there are parts of the bible that make very little sense and are just plain boring. Leviticus 13 and 14 are prime examples.  A couple of days back I had a day where I didn’t get anything from my reading because I wasn’t listening and I wanted to get it over for that day. That’s not the case today. I’ve pondered my reading for most of the day and I keep getting the same message, “phonebook.”  Now before you theologians get all worked up and accuse me of blasphemy hear me out. I believe that the Lord has told me today that it’s okay to think that the Leviticus passages are boring and about as instructive as reading a phonebook. Come on, they are about mold remediation for crying out loud.  And you just thought mold and mold remediation was a modern-day phenomenon. Nope, two solid chapter of Leviticus are dedicated to it…what a snoozer!  I know that the instructions given, were given for the good of the Israelites but I still found it difficult to see how it applied to me today.  I came to the conclusion that it really didn’t. So God told me, instead of worrying about how Leviticus applied to me I was to just think about him.  He reminded me of the passage in Philippians, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8 NIV So there you have it.  I read a phonebook today and it reminded me that God is awesome and worthy of much thought and praise.

Prayer: Father, thank you for reminding me of your greatness.  I don’t mean to make light of your word and I pray that I have not offended you or anyone else. Amen

Doug

One Reply to “I Read a Phonebook Today”

  1. That mold in Leviticus 13, and also the leprosy, represents sin, an uncleanness before Almighty God. This is really the key to understanding the passages on ritual uncleanness. Notice that due to the leprosy a man is separated from the people of God, forbidden to draw near to the Temple, in much the same way as sin separates us from God. The leprosy is then declared clean by the priest, just as our sins are forgiven by Christ, our great high priest.

    Read some passages in the gospels dealing with leprosy:
    – Matthew 8:2-3 (note he asks to be made clean rather than to be cured)
    – Luke 17:12-19 (really bears significant thought; note Jesus sent the 10 to the priests, yet was upset that the 9 went to the priests… the 1 who returned to him indeed went to the priest – Christ, the great high priest. He had by now already been cured, as had the rest…. yet only now (17:19) does Christ declare him whole, and whole by faith.)

    I hope that helps you decode the telephone book!

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