by Dave Gustavsen

God Became Touchable
Dave Gustavsen
Luke 2:1-20

Back in September we challenged the Chapel family to read through the whole Bible in a year. So three Old Testament chapters a day, and one New Testament chapter a day, and you would finish the whole Bible by summertime. So of course I jumped in on the challenge, and three months later, I can proudly say…I am way behind. Anybody with me on that? So I'm kind of moving through at my own pace, and it might take me two years. (And by the way, if you're like me-if you started out all fired up, and now you're way behind-don't feel bad. Because the purpose of this challenge was to give you a track to run on, and get you consistently reading the Bible-so the speed isn't nearly as important).

So a couple of weeks ago, I got up and did my reading, and the Old Testament reading was from the book of Leviticus. The people of Israel had already built the Tabernacle, which was like a portable temple that they would set up wherever they went. And I was reading in Leviticus, where God was explaining how and when the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place, which was that room in the innermost part of the Tabernacle where the presence of God dwelled.

So here's what I read-Leviticus 16:2…2 The LORD said to Moses: ''Tell your brother Aaron not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud over the atonement cover.

3 ''This is how Aaron is to enter the sanctuary area: with a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4 He is to put on the sacred linen tunic, with linen undergarments next to his body; he is to tie the linen sash around him and put on the linen turban. These are sacred garments; so he must bathe himself with water before he puts them on. 5 From the Israelite community he is to take two male goats for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.

And it goes on and ...

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