Lent 2017 : Week Two...and a half
It’s been two weeks since the start of Lent. Well, kind of. I was supposed to post this last Wednesday, but forgot.
I’m doing a Bible in a year plan, and it’s really the only time I’ve stuck with one for more than a couple weeks. Thanks He Reads Truth…I’m available for sponsorship if you’d like to advertise to my parents since I imagine they’re the only two reading this.
Right now I’m in Leviticus, which is known for being the most laid back book of the Bible. I went into it thinking this is going to be rough, and I just need to get through it as quick as possible. This was wrong in a couple of ways. One, there’s no way to go through Leviticus as quick as possible. I mean sure, I could skim over the instructions and materials used to build the Ark of the Covenant but then I might miss when they repeat the instructions and materials when they’re actually making it…it’s been a rough book.
One thing I have noticed though over the past two weeks, is I’m great at complaining about giving up Instagram and beer. In fact, most of my free time may be spent just thinking about that. Free time, in which instead complaining I should probably spend my time being spiritual, praying, reading my Bible, you know all that Jesus jazz. Side note: if we could make Jesus jazz a thing, I wouldn’t be mad about it.
So at the same time I’m doing all of this “sacrificing”, I’m reading about the intense sacrifices the people in Leviticus were required to participate in if they wanted their sins forgiven.
“Crap, I touched an animal carcass, guess I’ve got to go find another goat’s throat to slit. “ I touch dead animal carcasses all the time! I would be screwed if I were around in those times. Okay not really, but still.
In the end, I guess I can’t blame Leviticus for being all that bad. Yeah, I’d still say it’s a rough read. But what I’ve gotten out of it is a renewed appreciation of the Cross. Because of the Cross, we don’t have to sacrifice a goat every time we think we sin. Through Jesus’ holiness, we can approach God and know we are forgiven. In the end, I shouldn’t be complaining about these things I’m “sacrificing” for Lent. Because of Jesus, I get to give up these things to focus on him and the ultimate sacrifice he gave on my behalf.