This week’s question: “What is your life?” (James 4.14).
This week’s question, even in its simplicity, contains all kinds of other questions.
Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where will we go when we leave this world? What is our purpose? Is this all there is?
Hawkins points out that our tendency is to focus on the here and now. In many cases we live as if we were never going to leave this world: taking vitamins, worrying about the quality of our food, cosmetics, plastic surgery … It reminded me of something one of our Pastors, Larry Lamb, said recently in talking about eternal things. He said, “Just keep eating your bark and birdseed and maybe you’ll live a few years longer!”
It’s not wrong, of course, to eat wisely or to take care of our health, but more important is how we live and prepare spiritually. Do we live with eternity in mind?
James not only asked the question, “What is your life?” He also answered it, “It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (Jas. 5.14b).
In light of eternity, even the longest life is brief. And the writer of Hebrews said this: Continue reading →
Well, here we are starting a new book. Leviticus is the third book of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible), also called the Books of Moses.
Three of the themes which run through this book are: God’s holiness, mankind’s sinfulness and the need for a sacrifice. Of course, the sacrifices offered here in Old Testament times were only temporary coverings for sin. They point to the ultimate sacrifice Jesus Christ, the only sinless, perfect, once and for all, sacrifice.
What we offer in return
I noticed several things as I read these two chapters. First, twice in chapter one the Israelites were told to bring an animal “without blemish.” These were to be the best of the herd or flock. They were not to say, “Well, we might as well sacrifice this one, he’s probably not going to make it anyway.” They were to give Him their best. Continue reading →