Chronological Bible Reading – February 20 – Jesus touched the “unclean”

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 13-15

How does reading Leviticus heighten our appreciation for Jesus and His calling on our lives to reach the outcast?  Today’s entry should help answer this question.

This is the time of year during the Chronological Bible Reading Plan that can be a real struggle.  We’re right smack in the middle of the some of the most exciting passages in scripture…Levitical Law.  Instructions about washing and blood and oil and sacrifice don’t often provide much when it comes to devotional reading.  However, in the middle of today’s reading comes the instructions for the cleansing of women who have a discharge of blood.  This section outlines the pattern a woman would observe each month following her menstrual cycle.  She would be considered unclean for seven days following the end of her discharge of blood and then on the eighth day she would present an offering to the priests who would offer it on her behalf in order to complete her cleansing. Continue reading

The Season of Advent

The four week period leading to Christmas is traditionally known as Advent.  It is the time of year where we focus our attention on the coming of our Messiah.  We celebrate during this time of year because, as Christians, we understand that Jesus has come into the world to redeem mankind through His life, death, and resurrection.  For centuries, Israel had heard the prophecies of a soon coming savior. On this side of the cross, we look back and rejoice over what God has done.  This is why we celebrate!

During the month of December why not read and reflect upon the four Gospels?  What better time to focus our attention on the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of our Savior than Christmas?  Beginning on December 1 and reading 3-4 chapters per day, you will complete all four Gospels by December 25.  I hope you will consider joining me.  I realize that today is December 3 and I am late getting you started on this, but you can easily catch up.

To help focus your attention during this reading, I intend to post a new entry each day that will coincide with some portion of the daily reading from the Gospels.  Since we are a few days behind, I will be posting three entries today.  I pray this will bless you as you prepare your heart to celebrate the coming of our King!