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January 31 + Daily notes & readings

DAY 31

Great job finishing your first month of reading the Bible!  Whether you are already in the habit of reading everyday or this is something new for you, Psalm 1 reminds us that those "whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers."

We're 1/12 of the way through!

DAILY READINGS

Leviticus 5-7 & Psalm 31

OBSERVATIONS

It seems easy to fall into an unclean category.  A way to read unclean is unholy.  So, you can imagine why that is such an important theme.  Indeed, there are provisions for when you become unclean without even knowing it!  I wonder if there was a level of anxiety that people felt, worrying they would be unclean.

Notice, though, that there is always a way back.  That is, if you're unclean, these provisions can rectify your standing before God.  These provision are supposed to demonstrate the mercy of God.  That there are different offerings depending on your financial ability also expresses God's desire for everyone to be holy.

Still, think of all that had to be done to make that happen.  As you do, think about what Jesus was really saying, then, when he said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

By the way, am I the only way that noticed the people made sure the priests had fajitas?  Those lucky priests!

Stay blessed...john

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