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Posts from March 2020

Isaiah 40a – Echoes in the Psalms

One of the joys of reading Scripture is to hear the words of other biblical writers echoing throughout the whole Bible.  When reading Isaiah 40:6-8, you may have been reminded of the words of Moses.  A long time ago, Moses not only penned the first five books of the Bible (The Pentateuch), but he also wrote a psalm, reflecting on the brevity of life and our hope in the eternality and reliability of God. Let’s start with Isaiah’s words.  He…

Leviticus 17 – “Bloodguilt”

Leviticus 17 describes laws that prescribe where an Israelite could sacrifice.  Sacrifices ought to be performed at the Tabernacle, so the blood could be splashed upon the altar and atone for the worshiper.  The penalty for sacrificing elsewhere was that “bloodguilt shall be imputed to that man” (17:4; all Scripture ESV).             What is “bloodguilt”?  The Hebrew word is dam, literally “blood.”  The word is usually used in the OT to refer to either manslaughter or murder.  Genesis 9:6 provides…

Leviticus 16b – Contagious Holiness and the High Priest’s Rope

I always feel like with communion Sundays I have more to say with less time to say it, and this week was no exception!  There were two bigger things that I had to cut from sermon due to time and focus. Contagious Holiness             Leviticus 16:24 says that the High Priest must change and bathe before offering the Burnt Offerings after having gone into the Holy of Holies twice (once for each of the Sin Offerings).  Now usually, an Israelite…