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Leviticus Chapter 19

Leviticus Chapter 19

Omniscient – You know what to say to Moses and to have him speak to the congregation of the sons of Israel.  You know what is in his heart and what is in the hearts of all of the sons of Israel.  You know the past, the present, and the future.  You know what You want me to know.  You know me.  You know what is in my heart.  You know everything.  You are all-knowing.

Omnipotent- You can do anything.  You have Your WORD reveal You.  Your WORD speaks what You say.  It is about You.  Rou reveal Yourself through Your ordinances.  You are all-powerful.

Omnipresent – You are everywhere.  You are in the land.  You are at the doorway of the tent of meeting.  You are here with me.  You are in my heart.  You are all-present.

Eternal – You are time.  You are the third day.  You are the first and the second day.  You are today.  You are the cause of time.

Immutable – You do not change.  Now when you I offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to You, I shall offer it so that I may be accepted.  If it is eaten at all on the third day, it is an offense; it will not be accepted.  And I shall not swear falsely by Your name, so as to profane the name of My God; You are Jehovah.

Infinite – There are no limits or bounds to Your person or dominion. Your ordinances are for generations and forever.

Self – Existent – You exist by Yourself.  You will exist even when Your creation does not.  You make up Your creation.  You make the sons of Israel’s existence.  You make Your ordinances to exist.  You make every word to exist.  You make up my existence.

Self-Sufficient – You do not need any of Your creation to bring about Your will or Your purpose.  You choose to use Moses and Your ordinances and Your Word because it is Your good pleasure, not Your need, that governs Your choice.

Transcendent – You are apart from Your creation.  You are Jehovah My God.  Everyone of you I shall reverence his my mother and his my father and I shall keep Your Sabbath.  Nor shall I glean my vineyard, nor shall I gather the gleanings of my harvest the fallen fruit of my vineyard; I shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger.  I shall not swear falsely by Your name, so as to profane Your name.  I shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block before the blind, but I shall revere You.  I shall not go about as a slanderer among my people and I am not to act against the life of my neighbor.  I shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of my people but I shall love my neighbor as myself.  And in the fifth year You are to eat of its fruit, that its yield may increase for me.  I shall not make any cuts in my body for the dead, or make any tattoo marks on myself.  I shall keep Your Sabbaths and revere Your sanctuary.  Do not turn to mediums or separatists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them.  I shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin.  I shall thus observe all Your statutes, and all Your ordinances, and do them.  You are Jehovah My God.

Sovereign – You are Jehovah.  You give Your ordinances and Your instructions.  You are telling me of You.  You are giving me important information.  You are in complete control and You are doing Your foreknown plan!

Holy – You are a morally excellent, perfect being.  You separate Your people through Your ordinances.  If I would follow each and every one of them, I would be different.  I do not know how to do each of them.

Gracious – You show Your people Your favor by giving Your statutes and Your ordinances to make them Your people, and to accept them before You.

Merciful – You show Your people Your compassion by giving statues and ordinances to protect my neighbor and to not oppress each other.  You show compassion to the poor, the needy, and the afflicted.  You are wonderful.

Righteous – You are always right. You give the right way.

Longsuffering – You are patient with Israel and slow to anger.

Just – You punish the guilty, give statutes for us to practice to be just, and reward the righteous.

Loving – You are very specific and easy to understand in English.  You call to me and I am searching.  You have a reason for everything You say.

Good – Your statutes and all of Your ordinances make me different if I do them.  I do not want to do what I have to.  I do not want to wear mixed materials together.  I change my shirt to 100% cotton but I do not know about my socks.  Then what about my shoes and my coat?

Wise – Your wisdom causes You to give important information about who You are and who Your people will be.  Should be?  Are?

Truthful – You always speak reality.  I will observe all Your statutes, and all Your ordinances, and do them.  I will figure them out.

Faithful – You always do what You promise.  You make the sons of Israel separate to be Your people and You give Your statutes to be their God just as You promised.

Wrathful – You cut off the unrighteous from among their people to keep Your people from all unrighteousness. 

Jealous – You will not share Your people or Your Word who are rightly and morally Yours with any other creature.

 

Incomprehensible – You restate Your commandments.  You restate everything You have already said.  How do I know the difference?  How do I learn truth and put it into my heart? Why do You restate You are the LORD 12 times in this chapter alone?  What does that mean?  What am I supposed to learn?  The Word is bread for me.  You give me food.  What is fruit?  Is it just an apple or does it mean something else?  To forgive is to be merciful – compassion and to be accepted- and gracious to show favor and separate them and to make holy and possess them.

Why three years?  Why does it matter?  What does the forth year matter?  Why is it holy?  What does this mean?  Why in the fifth year it may be eaten?  What does this mean?  When does the three years start?  Is it three years when the tree starts bearing fruit?

I am trying to observe all of Your statutes, and all of Your ordinances, and DO THEM.  What am I missing?  How does it relate to me?  What am I supposed to do?  WHAT AMI IS SUPPOSED TO DO?


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