Daily Reading — Day 156

Today’s Readings: Leviticus 17, Jeremiah 43-45, Job 41, Romans 2

My Thoughts:

Leviticus 17

– 17:1-7, the immediate purpose of this law is to keep Israel from sacrificing to false gods. If all sacrifices are to the LORD, it will prevent any pagan worship.

– 17:11, this verse explains why the LORD gives careful instructions concerning blood (the life of the atonement was in the blood of the animal). This also explains why there is so much attention on Jesus’ blood in the New Testament.

Jeremiah 43-45

– 43:8-13, The people of Judah disobeyed the LORD and chose to flee to Egypt to escape Nebuchadnezzar, however, they would find no rest there. The LORD would also give Egypt over to Babylon.

– 44:7-10, Since the LORD destroyed Judah because of Israel’s idolatry, they are foolish to believe that they are free to practice the same idolatry in Egypt.

– 44:15-23, These verses show the justification of those who are determined to practice idolatry. They are incapable of seeing their circumstances rightly, and they argue against the truth.

– 44:29, the proof that their thinking is backwards is that the LORD will bring punishment upon them in Egypt

Job 41

– The LORD continues questioning Job

– 41:9-11, Since the LORD has created beasts that men would not dare to confront, why do men have the false pride to contend with the God who made these beasts?

– The chapter is mostly a description of Leviathan. Many have speculated concerning exactly what creature is being described. Some have said that the LORD is describing a dinosaur and some have even said that He is describing a dragon. Most suspect that He is describing a crocodile and that much of the descriptive language is meant to be poetic rather than literal.

Romans 2

– 2:4-5, Faith in the mercy of God and presumption in the mercy of God may look very similar, especially concerning terminology. The phrase “Jesus died for my sins” can be said by the person who has faith and by the person who presumes. The life and death difference between the two is that “God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance”. If there has been no repentance, there has been no faith, only presumption.

– 2:6, this is not in opposition to Paul’s teaching that salvation is wholly of Grace and not of works. Rather, in keeping with the previous verses, true faith will bring repentance. In that sense, God will render to each one according to his works.

– 2:12, this means that “sin” and “law-breaking” are not synonymous. It is true that all law-breaking is sin, but it is also clear that one can sin even if he or she does not know the law (or if there is no known law to break). Paul’s purpose in explaining sin this way is, most likely, to show that both Jews (who have the law) and Gentiles (who do not have the law) are equally condemned before God.

– 2:25-26, since circumcision was the sign of the Old Covenant (the law being the terms of the covenant), breaking the law essentially rendered the sign useless.