My husband and I are plodding, yes, plodding, through Leviticus. It seems like such a chore at times: all those rules and commands and threats for disobedience. It seems so “not necessary” but we’ve kept on and today something happened. I was reading Leviticus 22:14 (NLT) “Anyone who eats the sacred offerings without realizing it must pay the priest for the amount eaten, plus an added penalty of 20 percent.” I looked up from my Bible and said to my husband, who was sitting across the breakfast table from me holding our shih-tzu, “Today, I’d simply tell the priest that ‘My Father has qualified me to share in the inheritance with His holy people in the kingdom of light. (Col. 1:12)’ and maybe I’d leave a free-will offering to keep the church going, but I would not pay a penalty. That’s been paid.
I’ve been memorizing the book of Colossians with the Colossians in a Year group on Facebook. The verse from Colossians 1:12 just “came to me” as the Old Testament law was meting out its punishment for a transgression. Jesus took on that punishment for me. I can give Satan the snub sign because of Calvary. He qualified me.
BUT not only that, there is the promise Jesus gave before He was crucified that “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”(John 14:26) and “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” (Luke 12:12) As I am going about my everyday life, God’s answers to the oppression of sin just come flowing out. He is the fulfillment of the law and it is VERY clear because I am being instructed by the Holy Spirit.
Ann Voskamp writes about this very thing in her blog today. That now, post-Easter till the Ascension of our Lord, is an incredible time. The disciples only had Jesus 40 more days. It was a time of intense instruction, discipleship and focus. It was Easter People Boot Camp!
I’m in for eternity,