O. T. #279 "Just by Faith"
April 30, 2014
Leviticus 12-Part 1
The just shall live by faith. Hebrews 10:38
LET IT GLOW
What are we living by-the rules and regulations of the law or by faith? The Old Testament saints and prophets did not have the Word of God as we have, they only had the Mosaic Law and the Ten Commandments by which to live. Even with that, they failed to keep them and sinned. Therefore, God provided a way for their sins to be covered and be right with Him. Today, we have Jesus, the one who justifies us. It is our faith in Him that God sees, His righteousness, His blood that cleanses our soul from sin. Have you trusted in this One? It is just by faith, friend.
We learned about the ceremonial laws regulating the Israelites' diet in chapter 11. Now in chapter 12, we read about the ceremonial laws regulating the delivery of children.
Did you know that uncleanness is related to the mother's after birth, not the child? Also, did you know that mothers were unclean twice as long (80 days) after the birth of a daughter as a son (40 days)? It reflected the stigma on women for Eve's part in the Fall. This stigma is removed in Christ.
On the eighth day, the Jewish baby boy was to be circumcised. Circumcision was the sign of the Abrahamic covenant (Gen. 17:9-14). This was done for cleanliness purposes and to prevent diseases back then. Also, it was the part of the covenant which Abraham and his descendants were to keep (verse 10).
Things to think about.
LET IT GROW
(Abraham) being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised (a son through Sarah). This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness." (Romans 4:21-22,NIV)
He (Jesus) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:25, NIV)
In Romans 3:29, Paul asks, Is God the God of Jews only? I he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.
So we Gentiles are justified by faith, faith in Jesus Christ.
The just shall live by faith. (Hebrews 10:38)
After the days of purification had passed, the mother was to make a burnt offering and sin offering unto the Lord.
The sin offering spoke of the sin nature with its original guilt and depravity being remembered and atoned for. (Falwell)
Did you notice that when a woman that was poor was allowed to substitute a young pigeon or turtledove for the lamb. (verse 8) Such was the case of Mary and Joseph when they presented Jesus in the Temple on His forty-first day (Luke 2:22-24). The wise men arrived later with the gold after Joseph had secured a "house" (Matt. 2:11). Jesus may have been as old as two years.
(Thought I'd throw that in.)
LET IT GO
Live by faith.
Share my faith in Jesus with others.