Scripture: Jesus said, “What shall
I compare the Kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed
into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
Luke 13:20-21, NIV
Noah and the
Ark; Moses and the tablets with the 10 Commandments; Adam and Eve; Jesus born
in a manger; angels in heaven, playing harps. . . . Subjects familiar to
even non-church people because they are shown so often in art and cartoons.
Still, many people have no idea of the story behind the images, or the role
they play in the Bible and God’s kingdom.
Mention the Laws of Moses and most people think of
the Ten Commandments as the entire package, when in truth, there was an
extensive body of laws specific to everyday needs of a community, both social
and sacred. When is the last time you sat down and read the Book of
Read Leviticus 14 to learn what was required of the
owner who finds mildew in his house. Gleaning the fields is specifically
mentioned in Leviticus 19:9-10.
Leviticus goes beyond the Commandments to get to specifics.
Remember the man who asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Leviticus gets down
to the nitty-gritty, and covers all kinds of situations.
“Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block
in front of the blind.” Why? “Fear your God. I am the Lord.” - Leviticus
How long after entering the “land” and planting a tree
before you can eat the fruit of it? See Leviticus 19: 23-25.
Read Leviticus 19:28 first before you rush
out and get a tattoo, and maybe you will change your mind . . . IF
you respect the Lord.
I had been wondering what in the Bible was responsible
for the practice of depicting the departed floating on clouds, robed in
white, playing a harp. Clouds and white robes of linen are mentioned often
in Revelation. The “Bride” of the Lamb wears white linen in Rev. 19:8; “Fine
linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.”
Those who had been victorious over the “beast and his
image and over the number of his name” held “harps
given them by God” . . . Rev. 15:2.
I had read Revelation several times without taking
particular notice of the passage on harps. This time, the passage popped
out at me. I probably would not have read the
entire book again, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, had it not
been assigned for Bible Study.
There is so much yet to learn. So much not yet
revealed. Dust on the Bible? I pray not! Reading the Word of God
is like the yeast mixed in flour, which Jesus said, “work(s) all through the
Don’t leave your knowledge “flat.” Fluff it up with
some “Yeast” from God.
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