I spent last week in Chisinau, Moldova teaching at Moldova Bible Seminary. This is a class of second and third year undergrads preparing for ministry in the church or out on the mission field. The class topic? The Book of Leviticus…in 5 days! Perhaps you can discern from the below photo that my students look reasonably excited…but this picture was taken on day 1…
I actually did get through the 27 chapters…and threw in the last 17 chapters of Exodus for good measure.
Why Leviticus? Well, for one thing it’s my favorite book of the Bible (that’s a topic for another post). But it addresses a very sobering question: How do you live out your faith in the presence of a HOLY God? I prepared my outlines and class discussions with that question in mind.
So when you read in Exodus 24:15, 16, 17 that when Moses “went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain…the glory of the LORD dwelt on Mount Sinai…the appearance…was like a devouring fire…”
And then in Exodus 40:34, 35, “…and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle…Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it…”, you’re dealing with something, or I should say SOMEONE quite different that anything or anyone ever encountered.
Quite simply, Leviticus tells you how to approach the “devouring fire” without getting devoured. My initial thought, and perhaps yours is, then why go near it at all?
Written by Rick Pierson, Executive Director of CompassGlobal