February 16th, 2018 — IGNITE

Not many people I know like reading the book of Leviticus. I mean, it’s chucked full of rules and regulations and the duties of the Levites. Over and over again it describes the different sacrifices that are to be performed, as God will accept an innocent, third party substitute for the death of the sinner. This book contains material which delineates between civil, sanitary, ceremonial, moral, and religious laws from God. If you’re anything like me, you probably find your mind wandering as you read it (Sorry, I’m just being honest).

But, if you are reading it, let me encourage you to keep your mind fastened on Jesus, because He is the “Lamb of God” who takes away the sins of the world. Therefore all these sacrifices in Leviticus, are a picture for us of what Jesus fulfilled. When you’re reading Leviticus, see the answer in Jesus.  

And, if you are reading Leviticus, keep your eyes open for those little nuggets of hope and peace, and truth. For example, today my mind was captured when I read this…
“Every grain offering of yours, moreover, you shall season with salt, so that the salt of the covenant of your God shall not be lacking from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt.” Leviticus 2:13

Now at first, that might not mean anything to you and you might think God likes a little seasoning on His offerings. But it’s much more than that. If you were to go back to Exodus 24:1-8, you would read of how Moses offered up a sacrifice to seal the Israelites promise to obey the commandments of God. He did that with salt. Every time they added salt to a sacrifice they would remember how God spoke to Moses on the mountain and what they had agreed to.

Salt was used for purification. Salt was used to make a meal tasty. Salt was used to stop decay.

Now, jettison forward hundreds of years, and read what Jesus said about salt…
“You are the salt of the earth…” Matthew 5:13

Stop and think of what that means in light of what we just read in Leviticus. You and I, as followers of Jesus Christ as to serve as preservatives, seasoning the world, remembering the covenant made through the blood of the Lamb, stopping the moral decay of our sin infected world. If we live as the true salt of the earth, we can impact generations for Jesus as we minister His Truth to the world.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: As I look around the world today, I believe one of the things that is missing most, is a little flavor, a little seasoning. And that my friend, comes from you. You are the salt this world needs. Because the blood of the Lamb was your substitute and delivered you from sin, death and hell, you have flavor and a story to tell.

Help me salt the world today. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen