People may be pure in their own eyes,
but the Lord examines their motives.
Proverbs 16:2 NLT
Everything a person does might seem pure to them.
But the Lord knows why they do what they do.
Proverbs 16:2 NiRv
Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good;
God probes for what is good.
Proverbs 16:2 MSG
Eugene Peterson writes:
“One of the stubbornly enduring habits of the human race is to insist on domesticating God. We are determined to tame him. We figure out ways to harness God to our projects. We try to reduce God to a size that conveniently fits our plans and ambitions and tastes. But our Scriptures are even more stubborn in telling us that we can’t do it. God cannot be fit into our plans, we must fit into his. We can’t use God — God is not a tool or appliance or credit card.
‘Holy’ is the word that sets God apart and above our attempts to enlist him in our wish-fulfillment fantasies or our utopian schemes for making our mark in the world. Holy means that God is alive on God’s terms, alive in a way that exceeds our experience and imagination. Holy refers to life burning with an intense purity that transforms everything it touches into itself.
Because the core of all living is God, and God is a holy God, we require much teaching and long training for living in response to God as he is and not as we want him to be. The book of Leviticus is a narrative pause in the story of our ancestors as they are on their way, saved out of Egypt, to settle in the land of Canaan. It is a kind of extended time-out of instruction, a detailed and meticulous preparation for living “holy” in a culture that doesn’t have the faintest idea what “holy” is. The moment these people enter Canaan they will be picking their way through a lethal minefield of gods and goddesses that are designed to appeal to our god-fantasies: ‘Give us what we want when we want it on our own terms.’ What these god-fantasies in fact do is cripple or kill us. Leviticus is a start at the ‘much teaching and long training’ that continues to be adapted and reworked in every country and culture where God is forming a saved people to live as he created them to live — holy as God is holy.
The first thing that strikes us as we read Leviticus in this light is that this holy God is actually present with us and virtually every detail of our lives is affected by the presence of this holy God; nothing in us, our relationships, or environment is left out. The second thing is that God provides a way (the sacrifices and feasts and Sabbaths) to bring everything in and about us into his holy presence, transformed by the fiery blaze of the holy. It is an awesome thing to come into his presence and we, like ancient Israel, stand in his presence at every moment (Psalm 139). Our Lord is not dwelling in a tent or house in our neighborhood. But he makes his habitation in us and among us as believers and says, ‘I am holy; you be holy’ (1Peter 1:16, citing Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7). Once we realize this, the seemingly endless details and instructions of Leviticus become signposts of good news to us: God cares that much about the details of our lives, willing everything in and about us into transformation.”
Day 57 Mon, Mar 30, 2015 Leviticus 9-11 Proverbs 15:18-33
Day 58 Tue, Mar 31, 2015 Leviticus 12-14 Proverbs 16:1-16
Day 59 Wed, Apr 1, 2015 Leviticus 15-18 Proverbs 16:17-33
Day 60 Thu, Apr 2, 2015 Leviticus 19-21 Proverbs 17:1-14
Day 61 Fri, Apr 3, 2015 Leviticus 22-24 Proverbs 17:15-28
Day 62 Sat, Apr 4, 2015 Leviticus 25-27 Psalm 24
Day 63 Sun, Apr 5, 2015 Reflection
A gentle response defuses anger,
but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.
Proverbs 15:1 MSG
Kind words heal and help;
cutting words wound and maim.
Proverbs 15:4 MSG
Hot tempers start fights;
a calm, cool spirit keeps the peace.
Proverbs 15:18 MSG
With dawn about to break, Paul called everyone together and proposed breakfast: “This is the fourteenth day we’ve gone without food. None of us has felt like eating! But I urge you to eat something now. You’ll need strength for the rescue ahead. You’re going to come out of this without even a scratch!
Acts 27:34 MSG
“Friends, you really should have listened to me back in Crete. We could have avoided all this trouble and trial. But there’s no need to dwell on that now. From now on, things are looking up! I can assure you that there’ll not be a single drowning among us, although I can’t say as much for the ship—the ship itself is doomed. “Last night God’s angel stood at my side, an angel of this God I serve, saying to me, ‘Don’t give up, Paul. You’re going to stand before Caesar yet—and everyone sailing with you is also going to make it.’ So, dear friends, take heart. I believe God will do exactly what he told me. But we’re going to shipwreck on some island or other.”
Acts 27:22-29 MSG
Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up.
Proverbs 12:25 NLT
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
but an encouraging word makes it glad.
Prov. 12:25 AMP
Worry weighs us down;
a cheerful word picks us up.
Prov. 12:25 MSG
“The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him! One of your poets said it well: ‘We’re the God-created.’ Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?
Acts 17:24-29 MSG
Day 50 Mon, Mar 23, 2015 Acts 19-21 Proverbs 12:15-28
Day 51 Tue, Mar 24, 2015 Acts 22-23 Proverbs 13:1-12
Day 52 Wed, Mar 25, 2015 Acts 24-25 Proverbs 13: 13-25
Day 53 Thu, Mar 26, 2015 Acts 26-28 Proverbs 14:1-18
Day 54 Fri, Mar 27, 2015 Leviticus 1-4 Proverbs 14:19-35
Day 55 Sat, Mar 28, 2015 Leviticus 5-8 Proverbs 15:1-17
Day 56 Sun, Mar 29, 2015 Reflection
A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump;
A God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.
Proverbs 11:28 MSG