Day Fifty-Five, Various Passages from Exodus and Leviticus
This day’s reading contained rules for the priests that were to serve the Lord. There were rules about their appearance, their clothing, who they could marry, etc. Those who had some type of physical defect or who were unclean in any way were not allowed to serve. Only those who were perfect, if you will, could serve, because they were to be holy.
I’m reminded of Peter’s words to the early church, words which apply to us as Christians today: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
Like the Israelites, we are God’s chosen people, and like the Israelites, we are to be holy because God is holy. However, we have received His mercy, and we are all priests, able to serve the living God, able to approach His throne, being made holy by the blood of Christ, who is our High Priest.
This day’s reading also had instructions for a Sabbatical year, in which there was to be rest for the land, with no sowing and reaping in the seventh year.
Finally, there were instructions given for the Israelites to celebrate a Year of Jubilee every fifty years. It would begin on the Day of Atonement, and it was to be a holy year. In this year, debts were to be cancelled, property could be redeemed, slaves or servant could go free. This year of celebration seems to have been designed in part to keep the Israelites from mistreating one another. Also, though, it seems to foreshadow a celebration of our own freedom in Christ, who has redeemed us and made us His own.