“After the Death”
Torah: Leviticus 16:1–18:30
PROPHETS: Ezekiel 22:1–16
APOSTOLIC WRITINGS: 1 Corinthians 6:9–20
These devotionals are designed to supplement, not replace, your Bible reading.
Torah 1 & 2
Purifying God’s House
Purifying God’s People
Yom Kippur is like a once a year “spring cleaning” (though it is actually in the fall).
Purifying God’s house involves using the sacred blood of both chatat offerings (“purification” or “sin” offerings) to cleanse the Most Holy Place (v. 16), Holy Place (v. 16) and the outer Altar (vv. 18–19, bronze altar of burnt offering) from the defiling effects of disobedience.
Purifying God’s people (on whose behalf the “house” needed purification in order for a holy God to continue to dwell amidst an unholy people) involves transferring the people’s sin onto the second goat (“Azazel” is Hebrew for “scapegoat”) and banishing it permanently from the community (vv. 20–22).
Torah 3 & 4
Compare Leviticus 16:27 with Leviticus 6:30 and Hebrews 13:11–13. Where is “outside the camp” for you in your life? Where is God calling you outside your comfort zone to “bear disgrace” for His glory? While in Egypt, the Israelites had grown accustomed to worshipping false gods (remember the recent golden calf incident in Exodus 32:1–6). God, therefore, called them to worship Him alone by bringing their sacrifices to the centralized Tabernacle (cf. Deuteronomy 12:1–14). He also teaches them that blood represents the essence of life and is thus to be set apart as sacred and never consumed (cf. Leviticus 3:17; 7:26–27; Deuteronomy 12:23–28).
Read John 6:53–63. Why were Yeshua’s words so offensive to the Jews? What was the spiritual point? (cf. 1 Corinthians 2:14)
torah 5 & 6
Remain Set Apart
Read v. 3. Where were they coming from and where were they going? God was calling them to “put off” the ways of the nations and “put on” His ways. Sexual purity is central to holy living and upholding God’s holiness. How does stepping outside the “bounds” of sexual purity affect the individual who sins (both physically and spiritually, cf. 2 Corinthians 7:1)? The entire community (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:26)? The relationship between God and His “set apart” people (cf. Ezekiel 8:6)? Why does God call us to remain “set apart” (“in the world but not of it”) and “undefiled” as new covenant kohanim (“priests”)? (cf. 1 Peter 2:12)
torah 7 &
Defilement Causes Separation
Trust Me and Obey!
Unholy living has a defiling effect upon both people and the land on which they live. What was the result of the extreme defilement of those who previously inhabited the land? Historically, has Israel suffered the same fate or gone the way of God? What is her destiny (cf. Ezekiel 20:32 and 36:6–23)? God put His name on the people of Israel and the land of Israel through covenant promises.
He has also put His name on you through new covenant promises. Do you long for holy and pure living with a passion? What can you do today to exercise your trust in God by “putting on” holy living?
Holy People Separated From God
Ezekiel is of priestly descent and is God’s mouthpiece to the exiled community in Babylon. Israel is chastised for her defiling disobedience. All of the instructions in Acharei Mot have been disregarded. Which verse in this section addresses the sins specifically prohibited in Leviticus 18:20, 15, 11? How does being banished from the land serve the larger purpose of purifying God’s people and their land? (cf. Ezekiel 20:32–44)
Holy People United With God
1 Corinthians 6:9–20
Defiling disobedience causes separation between God and people. Through faith in Messiah, believers are united with God through the indwelling Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit). Physical sexual union defiles physically AND spiritually with what kind of results?
Even if you are not engaged in sexual immorality, how does v. 20 apply to you today? What did God show you from Wednesday’s application (see above)? Can you apply that today?
Rest. Fellowship. Discussion.