OYB February 25

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Sorry for posting so late tonight; between the men's retreat last night and this morning, and worship team practice for tonight's and tomorrow morning's church services, I've not had time to get my reading in until now.

Today´s reading:
OT: Leviticus 16:29-34, Leviticus 17-18
NT: Mark 7:24-37, Mark 8:1-10
Ps: Psalm 41
Pr: Proverbs 10:15-16

Today´s notable verse:

13 " 'Any Israelite or any alien living among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth, 14 because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, "You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off."

Leviticus 17:13-14 (NIV)

The life...is in the blood: a foreshadowing of our life found in the blood of Christ. Sin demands death, and the shed blood of Christ fulfilled that requirement, once for all.

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from You & Question of the Day - Based on these Proverbs reflections above, do you think living with less can somehow actually add more to our lives? Is there value in living a simple life? What are some simple life habits that you are practicing these days?

I don't think that the verse in Proverbs implies that the righteous inherently live with less - only that their motives and attitude toward their wages honor God, and add to their life. Of course, if our attitude toward our wages draws us away from God, then perhaps a change in perspective through learning to live with less is the right approach. I think Christ calls us to live a "simple life" in that we are to rely on him for the "mundane" necessities of life, and not worry about how He will provide them. Such simplicity allows God to work through us to accomplish much greater and more meaningful things than the provision of such things.