Day Forty-Nine, Various verses from Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy
Today marks the beginning of a series of days in which the verses are very much mixed up, taking portions from three different books as we outline the specific laws that are laid out for the Israelites as the Law of Moses.
Today’s reading covers religious and ceremonial laws, the main point of which is a warning against worshiping idols or any other gods. The people are told repeatedly that there will be serious consequences for worshiping any other than the One True God.
Also in this reading is the fact that God says when they go over into the promised land, He will choose a place as a dwelling for His Name. That is where He is to be worshiped, and the people are to bring their sacrifices to Him there.
When I read that, my brain automatically fast-forwarded several hundred years to that day when Jesus was on His way from Judea to Galilee, and He purposefully went through Samaria to get there rather than going around it, as was the normal custom of the Samaritan-hating Jews, and He stopped at a well to talk to a Samaritan woman, who had lived a less-than-reputable life, being married-and-divorced five times, and who was currently living with a man who was not her husband at all, but who was a woman that Jesus still valued enough to tell her about the living water that He has to offer that will become “a spring of water welling up to eternal life”, to discuss with her what true worship is (and explain that it doesn’t matter where it physically takes place) and to allow her the privilege of being the first person to whom He reveals Himself as the promised Messiah!
Sorry, I got a little carried away there. But after several weeks of all of this reading about the instructions for the Tabernacle, and the rules for the priests, and the regulations regarding all the feasts and the sacrifices and the offerings, and just all of the other numerous details of the Law of Moses, I really needed some Jesus in my life. Here’s what He said to her:
“Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”