New Covenant Sacrificial Worship

Sometimes you may wonder why we worship the way we do. Over the next number of weeks, at this point in the service, I will highlight some part of our service, explain what it means, and use it to call you to worship Jesus. So I want to begin with the big picture: you should…

Duck Dynasty, Smuggies, and Christmas

I’ve tried manfully not to post anything on the Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty shindig. Not because I don’t have my opinions or thoughts but just cause I figured I’d just listen in to all the friendly chatter from the back porch. Besides it’s all snowy and white out here. But some of you drove me to…

The Blood of Reunification

We’ve been meditating this morning on the fact that Jesus is our peace, the one in whom all things are being reconciled to God and to one another. But when Paul says this, He has just finished saying that we have been brought near through the blood of Christ. To bring near is a technical…

Glory Fat

This last Sunday I got back into my sermon series on the Ten Commandments, picking back up with the Fifth Commandment. As you may note in the outline published a few posts below this one, we traced some of the connotations of the word “honor,” particularly in Exodus. I need to make one clarification about…

Last Sunday of Trinity Season: Fourth Commandment 3

Introduction Previously, we have seen that Sabbath pushes us outside of ourselves, commanding us to remember the people around us, guarding them, giving them life and rest, making a holy people. Last week, we focused primarily on the Sabbath building project. Sabbath is for giving ourselves and our resources to the building of God’s house….

I am Yahweh

The declaration of God, “I am the Lord” using the the covenant name Yahweh occurs nearly 200 times in the OT. Nearly three quarters of those are found in the books Exodus, Leviticus, and Ezekiel. This suggests a few things: First, this invites a close connection between Exodus and Leviticus. The Exodus from Egypt is…

Sweet Rest

Throughout Leviticus 1-7, after a sacrifice is offered it ascends in smoke into the presence of God where it is a “sweet aroma” to the Lord. The word for “aroma” or “smell” is the word NICHOACH which is not far from the word NOACH which is the word for the name “Noah.” We know the…

Sacrificial Catechism: Yahweh’s Unpresentable Parts

Mary Douglas suggests that the bodies of sacrificial animals correspond symbolically to the tabernacle topography and layout. On her reading, the entrails and genitals correspond to the Most Holy Place, the middle section of the animal with the fat and kidneys comes next corresponding to the sanctuary, followed by the head and meat sections for…

God Chews on Israel

Mary Douglas points out that there is a “sly ‘inclusio’” in Leviticus 11 where the passage begins with the general description of clean animals which includes the characteristic of “chewing the cud” (Lev. 11:3). The word for “chewing the cud” means to go up or ascend, and while the word is repeated several times throughout…

Good Abominations?

Mary Douglas, in Leviticus as Literature, points out that Leviticus 11 should really stun the careful Bible reader. If we recall that God is the Creator of all things, and that He not only created all things but also declared all things good, how can some of them be “abominations” to the Hebrews? How are…