One bullock, two bullocks,
three bullocks, four.
What was that noise?
Oops! I started to snore!
Do you ever have trouble sleeping? I have found that the Bible does have a remedy for that. Turn to the book of Leviticus and start reading for a while, and you may soon find yourself in the land of Nod. I must confess that it has worked for me a time or two. I know what the Bible says about the Bible.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
I do believe that this is true. Even the book of Leviticus is inspired by God and is profitable. I just have a hard time getting through all the different offerings, sacrifices, types of leprosy, treatments of leprosy and when to go show yourself to the priest without losing my concentration or drifting off into a state of semi-slumber. Is anybody with me here?
This can be a problem too when it comes to reading through some of the genealogies that we find in different portions of the Bible . I used to dread reading the genealogies until one day when the wife of one of our instructors in college changed my perspective. There was a big promotion every year at the college for students and faculty alike to read your Bible through. For those who finished at the end of the year, there was the great reward of the Bible Reader’s Breakfast, which was usually done up nice. I remember one year we had it on a big boat while sailing down the St. Croix River. Lots of fun! Anyhow, this instructor’s wife came up to a group of students all excited about this particular Scripture.
And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.
She began to tell us how she became curious about these names, and wanted to find out their meanings. Here is what she found.
Elishama = God hears
Eliada = God knows
Eliphalet = God delivers
These were the last 3 sons of King David. Perhaps in giving them these names, David was summing up some important truths that he had learned in his life. We thought that was really cool, and my husband has actually preached from that text a few times.(I wrote a poem about it too.)
In certain portions of Scripture, God’s Word is compared to gold or something that is even better than gold. (Psalm 19:10, 119:72, Pro. 16:16) I’ve never had the experience of gold mining or panning for gold, but I have read about it some. Gold doesn’t usually just appear on the surface of the ground. It takes some searching, working and digging it out to find it. There are some wonderful truths in the Word of God that won’t be found by just a casual glance or speed reading through the Bible. Gold nuggets can be located in portions of Scripture that may seem to be more obscure and not as easily understood.
Leviticus? Well, there is Leviticus 17:11.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
All those blood sacrifices of the Old Testament were really pointing us toward the One who would become our perfect sacrifice in the New Testament, Jesus Christ.
As for the leprosy laws and all the different offerings in the book of Leviticus, I’ll have to make sure I’m reading in the morning(which I usally do) or I’ll succumb to droopy eyes and nodding head. If I can stay awake long enough and get out my shovel, the Lord just might have some more gold nuggets!