In yesterday’s reading in Leviticus, we heard about sin and guilt offerings and about the ordination offering for priests. In today’s reading, it sounds to me that for repayment offerings (repayment being a sin which would usually be intentional), the person offering the sacrifice would not be entitled to receive any of the meat.
In today’s reading, Lev. 8:17, we read that “He (Moses) took the rest of the bull, including its skin, flesh, and intestines, and burned it outside the camp, just as the Lord had commanded.
Note that there are many times in Scripture where it says that one leader or another performed some large work, but it is clear that they ordered that the work is done. (An example would be statements like King X built the city of Y.) It would have taken Moses a long time to burn up the skin, flesh, and intestines of a bull, so it seems to me that we should understand that he didn’t do this by himself.
David starts Psalm 13 by crying out “How long?” and ends with a note of praise. We can be thankful for his difficult experiences which give us these Psalms.
Yesterday in Luke we heard of Jesus sending out his disciples, and afterward the feeding of the 5,000. Peter rightly declared what position Jesus was filling. Jesus predicted his death. He said that some standing there would not die before seeing the Kingdom of God. Perhaps he meant his three disciples who saw the transfiguration because His kingship was clearly foreshadowed there.
In yesterday’s reading, we read again Jesus’ statement about what it takes to become his disciple. The metonymy that Jesus coined is to ‘take up your cross’. As I said before, this means that we make the decision to follow the Lord no matter what, even to the point of death by crucifixion. Differing from Mark’s account of this statement, Luke adds the word ‘daily’. That decision I just explained, that taking up of our cross, its a daily commitment.
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