Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

OLD TESTAMENT Week Seven

When I read the scriptures, I have several goals.  I want to find something every day that will apply to my life, change me in some way, lift my heart, or strengthen my belief.

But more than anything, I just want to come to know the Lord a little better than I know Him now.

So every day as I read the verses I look for Him there.

"Speak unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them, Whatsoever he be of the house of Israel that will offer his oblation unto the Lord ye shall offer at your own will." Lev 22:18-19

I wonder, what is my offering to the lord?

I do not have a lamb without blemish, or a bullock to bring.  I look back to the verses to try to discover the learning.   How does this apply to my own life?

"In me is the law of Moses fulfilled.  Ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away.  And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit."  3 Nephi 9:17-22

My heart knows what it is to be broken.  The aching.  The tear stains.  The time spend on my knees waiting for healing to come.  May spirit knows what it is to be contrite.  The regret.  The earring down.  The longing to be made whole.

And this is what He wants.  This broken heart.  The spirit worn down.

I wonder if this is what Israel felt in this moment of the journey in Leviticus.  If they understood what it meant to really give their heart, to give their soul.

Had they experienced enough of the aching, the tearstained, the time spent on their knees, the spirit worn down, the regret?  Were they finally humble enough to trust the Lord who had brought them out of Egypt?

Because now the offering He asked of Israel was they they become holy, live righteously, love their neighbor, and keep the commandments.

My heart recognizes these as offerings of the soul.  The whole soul.

Consider the offering requested of us in this Leviticus:  Become holy, live righteously, love your neighbor, keep the commandments.  Knowing this, what could you offer the Lord?

Bible Journaling Guide for this week here

 

Emily Freeman