Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

A Clear Path

Leviticus 14:40 - Leviticus 19:5

Sometimes the path is clearly marked.

Black and white.

It is true there on the asphalt of my kids elementary school.

The same is true here in the book of Leviticus.

Here, in chapter 18, where the Lord cautions against nakedness.  I wonder, the first time I read through this chapter, how it applies to our day.  It just isn't clear at first.  So I ponder it in my heart.

And then realization dawns.

The caution that makes up chapter 18 is the stuff that makes up our day.  It fills the sitcoms and movies and novels. We see it on the news.  We find it on the Internet.  It is there, all around us.

With the touch of a button everything the Lord has cautioned against in the eighteenth chapter of Leviticus can permeate the walls of my own home.  I turn back to the chapter intent on learning what the Lord was trying to teach Israel.

So I begin the chapter again.

There, just at the beginning, I begin to see the path.   "I am the Lord your God.  After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do:  and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do:  neither shall ye walk in their ordinances." (Leviticus 18:2-3)

On the one hand, do not be Egypt.  Let go of your past sins.  Do not walk the path they trod.

On the other hand, do not be Canaan.  There will be days of temptation ahead of you.  Do not follow their footsteps.

It is clear ––this path I should not walk.

What follows these verses is the counsel that will guide my steps, "Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the Lord your God...keep my statues...which if a man do, he shall live by them.  I am the Lord."  (Leviticus 18:4-5)

My thoughts fill with judgements and statues and ordinances.

The Lord has provided the path to walk therein.  But it is hard work, this walking the clear path.

...to walk out of the movie unfinished.

...to set down the novel unread.

...to turn off a favorite sitcom without rationalizing that one part.

Sometimes I feel alone on this path.  Separate.  Peculiar.

But I am reminded of the promise of the Lord, "If you will obey my voice indeed,  and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me...and ye shall be unto me an holy nation."  (Exodus 19:5-6).

I cannot be Egypt.  I cannot be Canaan.

I must choose to be a holy nation.

I must be Israel.

A peculiar people.

Separate.

If I truly want to understand the way of the Lord.

If I truly want to walk therein.

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IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE...

The old reading schedule had a small mistake at the end of February.  When you get a chance you might want to print off a new schedule.  It won't affect your reading until February 26.

Emily Freeman