Bible Study 3/1/10
Reading Passages: Leviticus (ch. 11-27) & Numbers (ch. 1-5)
Today, because of the perfect, selfless sacrifice made by Jesus Christ, we don't have to live in the world of Leviticus. Leviticus was meant to teach people some basic truths about how to be in fellowship with a Holy God. Thanks to his years as a Pharisee, Paul knew Moses' law well and never recommended discarding the law. It reveals a basic code of morality, an expression of behavior that pleases God. The law is good for one thing - exposing sin. The law has one major problem: After proving how bad you are, it doesn't make you any better. The law, or old covenant, was insufficient to save...But there is great news! The book of Hebrews, which was written to encourage Jewish Christians, explains that we now have a permanent high priest in Jesus Christ. And through His perfect, atoning blood, He made the sacrifice of animals unnecessary. Jesus is able to cleanse the real source of contamination - our sinful nature. As Hebrews points out, Jesus entered the inner room on our behalf (6:20). And when He died, the curtain ripped in two, allowing anyone direct access to God. The great high priest, Christ Himself, has changed the old system forever.
Praying that you will be encouraged today with The Good News!