Addendum to notes, 2022: As we begin a new reading cycle each year, I’ve found that no two groups are ever the same. Each group tends to struggle, collectively, with different things. In this group, there is one struggle that I’m seeing over and over and I don’t think the group even realizes this is their struggle yet.
We’ve already seen, multiple times, that often what God actually says does not line up with what we’ve been told He says. These moments have been surprises for many but I’ve seen the group grateful to know the truth and encouraged by what they are learning.
However, we then go on as if that is the only surprise we will find, fully expecting the rest of the Word to line up with exactly what we’ve been told it says. It is as if our brains are saying, “Oh well this doesn’t match up but I’m sure everything else will match up. Oh wait, that did match up either, but I’m sure everything else will match up…”.
We’ve got to stop expecting God to fit into the box we have created for Him. We are at great risk of holding our presupposition up as truth and trying to force God to line up with us rather than treating the Word as the straight edge and aligning ourselves to the Father. I want to encourage you to keep reading in order to read your way to the truth. Clean your slate and allow the Father Himself to write his Word upon it.
We have settled for the world’s version of the Word for for too long.
The time has come to allow the Father to speak.
GOOD MORNING SIBLINGS!
Today’s readings are Leviticus chapters 5-7
What a joy to start my day in the word with you and what a privilege to be able to sit at the Father’s feet together!
Just a little note about these Bible studies and how/when they are written: I spent all of a two years working on Bible notes each night before posting in the morning I just wanted to let you know as there may be times in which life pulled me away and my notes might be more abbreviated than at other times. From time to time my friends have pitched in with notes and so somedays you’ll get to hear from them. Special thanks to Amy Castor for helping me out with some great additional info that I’m adding to today’s notes!
Let’s dive in with my ramblings first:
We are learning an awful lot and it’s quite a bit to take in. By now, we’ve become more accustomed to setting aside time each day to study the Word. I hope you’re seeing the blessings in that!
Today, I want to up the stakes a bit. I want to encourage you to take time, throughout your day, to think over all we’ve learned, digest it a bit, turn it over in your mind, and talk it out with the Father. It is important that we internalize this knowledge that has been given to us and process it through our system so that we can glean from it all the Father wants to give us at this time. I say “at this time” because His wisdom tends to be revealed to us slowly, in layers. He lovingly guides and tutors us as we continue to mature. Just as you wouldn’t teach a kindergartener algebra, the Father lays down foundational knowledge within us and then builds upon that as we continue in His word. We are all his children and He is raising us up in His image!
I need to take a moment to define my personal view of intentional sin. I also need to clarify right now that this is my personal view – based on what I’ve read in the Bible – but does not carry any weight beyond being the opinion of a human, freely discarded in light of YHWH’s wisdom.
When we read a commandment, when we clearly see the Father tell us to do something or not to do something, and we make a willful decision to go against that, to do it anyway, with the thought that He either won’t notice, won’t care, or will forgive us regardless, that is intentional sin. It is also known as High Handed sin.
Now, there are times in which we may sin intentionally on impulse. Envy, Greed, Anger, all of those emotions that grow opposite of the fruits of the spirit come to the forefront and we follow them. Afterwards, we realize what we’ve done, are consumed with guilt, and repent with our wholehearted, asking for forgiveness. We were not openly thinking about sinning against the Father, it was not a decision to sin against the Father, and yet we realize after the fact that we have done just that. There is a difference between this and high handed sin. However, once we realize what we’ve done, if there is no remorse or repentance and we clearly see and become aware that we are going directly against the Father and decide to keep on going, well, that sin has just gone up another level.
Further, I know a lot of people have been uncomfortable with talking, reading, or even thinking about the concept of sin. Just the word “sin” feels off putting in our day and age to a believer. I’d like to point out, with sincere love and compassion, that we are discussing this because we are reading about it in God’s Word. Not because Christy Jordan wants to talk about sin or point it out in others.
On the contrary, I use YHWH’s Word to find sin within myself so that I may deal with it, bring it before Him, and remove one more stone that has built a wall between myself and Him. We have been taught that to look for sin in our lives is “legalism” but when we read YHWH’s word we will find that what the world calls “legalism”, the Father considers “obedience-ism”. However, the world tries to tell us that anyone who seeks to live in obedience to the Creator is doing so because they are trying to earn their salvation – this is one of the adversaries more successful teachings.
What the world has taught us is, by design, in direct contrast to what the Father teaches us.
We are saved by grace alone through faith in our Messiah. In God’s World, we don’t obey so that He will save us but because He has saved us. Obedience is not the root of our salvation but the fruit of it. It takes some time to untangle ourselves from the web we’ve been tangled up in and the Father knows that. Coming from the world into the Word is like coming out of a confusing fog at times but as we continue in our walk the air will clear. One of the number one things we’ve been taught in this world is that the world offers freedom and obedience to YHWH is bondage. The Father shows us that the opposite is true.
You know those commandments we wrote out last week? The Big 10. Following those will change everything. I want to encourage you to go back to where you wrote them and read over them again, really focus, dig deeper into each one, pick every morsel of wisdom you can off of those bones, and then put the bones in a pot and start stewing them to get even more richness! There are layers to each commandment and we’ve only scratched the surface!
The goal is that we do the best we can with what we know and once we know better, we do better.
We see a lot of language in today’s readings about people becoming aware of their sin: sin being made known to the sinner and people realizing their sin. There is a a lot of wisdom to glean from those verses but I want to offer the beginnings of that wisdom: today we will see that being unaware of sin does not make it go away. Ignorance does not mean we haven’t sinned. Just because we didn’t know the speed limit does not excuse us from a speeding ticket. However, YHWH, in His grace, does offer us a means to pay the fine so that we are not bound by the guilt. One point to consider though, once we’ve been given a ticket and that ticket is paid, does that give us freedom to speed for the rest of our lives? Or now that the ticket has been paid and we’ve been forgiven for our ignorance or even our intentional speeding, should we instead move forward far more aware of the laws and careful not to speed in the future?
And now we move on to sweet Amy’s notes!
Details matter to YHWH
Test everything, hold tight to what is good.~ 1 Thess 5:21
We are saved by Grace alone: Obedience is not the root of our salvation, it is the fruit!