I think the biggest eye opener in this week’s study was the understanding that the sacrifices of the people weren’t about sin, but ritual cleanliness and Israel understood that. Honestly, the teachings I’ve received from preachers and teachers over the years didn’t indicate that Israel understood their own sacrificial system and its purpose. It’s possible that at points in history they didn’t understand and YHVH sent prophets and discipline to correct the people. For the first time since Adam, YHVH was physically among His people. I can see on so many levels the extent YHVH went to make it possible for the people to be close to Him, which is absolutely amazing to me; these offerings were not a burden to the people, they were a privilege.
But because man isn’t perfect, things changed and the people took YHVH’s presence for granted. They stopped being amazed and excited about drawing near. How easily they fell away, but before I cast the first stone, I have to look inward. The presence of the living G-d is closer than ever before because it’s part of me; how sad that I’ve let this proximity become too familiar and taken for granted at times. Abba Father, how can I protect myself from such complacency?
I’ve met some Jews and Christians in the recent months that work diligently to protect themselves from taking YHVH for granted or becoming too familiar with Him. I could learn and apply some valuable lessons from them. The level of reverence my Jewish brothers have for YHVH is unprecedented in my experience and the loving kindness of my Christian brothers towards each other is also something I could learn from. Thank you Father for providing me with righteous examples and I pray that as children of the same Father, Jews and Christians would continue to unite in love.