Daily Reading — Day 159

Today’s Readings: Leviticus 20, Jeremiah 49, Proverbs 2, Romans 5

My Thoughts:

Leviticus 20

– 20:1-5, although it is still unclear what kind of “giving” is spoken of here, it is likely that the LORD is speaking of child sacrifice. Here, the guilt is not only upon the one who commits the action but also upon those who witness the action and remain silent.

– 20:10-21, many of the commands from chapter 18 are revisited, yet rather than being stated in command form, the required punishment is given for those who break the command.

– 20:22-26, the LORD, again, reminds the people that their obedience is necessary because He has called them to be holy.

Jeremiah 49

– Jeremiah continues the prophetic word against the surrounding nations and cities. All of these places will fall (mainly by the armies of Babylon), and many will be taken into exile. However, as we will see in the next chapter, the LORD will also bring judgement upon Babylon.

– 49:12, one of the many places in the Old Testament where judgement is described as drinking (Luke 22:42)

Proverbs 2

– 2:1-5, those who truly seek wisdom will find the fear of the LORD.

– 2:9-10, having wisdom means understanding justice. Wisdom includes not only what is known but also what is lived out.

– 2:12,16, Since wisdom brings the knowledge of righteousness, it is a guard against evil. The wise are able to maintain a preference for the joy of the eternal over the pleasure of the temporary.

Romans 5

– 5:1, the “peace” that we have with God is not a subjective feeling, but an objective position. We once were in a position of enmity because of sin. Now that our rebellion has been dealt with by the justification that is in the blood of Jesus, we are no longer at war with God, but we are welcomed as sons and daughters.

– 5:3, It is a peculiar claim to be able to rejoice in suffering. This is only possible because of the hope of future glory.

– 5:6-11, Paul’s argument (summed up in verse 8) is that the Gospel shows a deeper kind of love than we have ever known or given. Out of His great love, Jesus died for those who were warring against Him. For believers, this means that we should never fear condemnation (chapter 8) or doubt God’s love for us. If Jesus would die for His enemies, what will He do for them now that they are His brothers/sisters.

– 5:12-21, Paul compares and contrasts the first Adam to the last “Adam”. Adam was the first man of the old creation. Jesus is the first man of the new creation. Adam brought condemnation to all who would be born through him, since they would follow the same pattern of rebellion that he began. Jesus brought justification and reconciliation for those born through Him through faith.

– 5:13-14, “sin is not counted” does not mean that God does not count sin against people. Rather, it means that those committing the sin have no knowledge of their guilt. Verse 14 demonstrates that guilt still exists, even when people do know they are breaking the law (as Adam did).

– 5:20-21, Paul has been saying that all people are sinners, whether Jew or Gentile, and that no one can be right before God by keeping the Law. In fact, the Law only brings the knowledge of sin and guilt. A Jew, then, might ask why God gave the Law in the first place. Paul’s answer is so that the “trespass” would be increased. Probably, Paul means that the offense of sin (guilt) would be increased since people would continue to sin even when they knew it violated the law of God. Paul might also mean that the Law excites rebellion within the sinner, therefore, increasing the trespass (Romans 7:8). The question, then, is “Why would God intentionally give something that would increase guilt and potentially increase the desire to sin?” The answer is that greater sin/guilt means greater grace (vs. 20b), and God is glorified the most through His grace.