Lobster anyone?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Lev 14; Pro 10:26

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Leviticus 14:54-57
“This is the law for any leprous sore and scale, for the leprosy of a garment and of a house, for a swelling and a scab and a bright spot, to teach when it is unclean and when it is clean. This is the law of leprosy.”

REFLECT
Tough readings! And are these relevant for us? Leprous skins, garments and houses … what’s that got to do with us? And why must there be religious rituals to deal with physical uncleanness! Well, the law of Moses seemed to connect every sickness with sin, and every healing with God. That’s why the sin offering was required for cleansing. And the burnt offering was required as an act of thanksgiving/ worship for God’s healing grace. While we don’t fully grasp the meaning of “the law of leprosy”, we cannot miss God’s demand for us to be clean.

RELATE
Just before writing this post, I was served at lunch my first ever whole lobster – barbecued to perfection! Such delicacies are cheap here, especially in the seaside town where I’m staying. Then I remembered Leviticus – unclean!! Yes, this lobster would not have made it to the Jewish dining table. So what has changed from the time of Moses, till now? How could I eat this 1-foot lobster with my conscience clear? In fact, I could ask – how can one be a Chinese and not break all the food laws of Leviticus? I suppose the simple answer would be – I’m Chinese, not Jewish. More accurately, I’m a Christian, not an Israelite. While it is critical for me to be clean, the focus of holiness is now of the heart.

REST
Lord, teach me to discern between clean and unclean, good and evil, holy and hollow.

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Day 300

by Rev Joel Yong

Galatians 4:1-7
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father! So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Growing up I always imagined what it would be like if one day I would be found to have a long lost relative who bequeathed a fortune to me.
And how I would go from rags to riches overnight.

It was only wishful thinking because I have no such family or links to wealth.

But when I opened the New Testament I found that I am a son of the Most High God- my adoption made possible through what Jesus did for me on the Cross!
Wow.

Who gives a hoot about what the rich men of the earth have?
I have an inheritance from the One who owns the universe!

Jesus is all we need.
Stop pining for man’s success.
Stop pining for earthly riches.
That is thinking too small.

Your Father has everything and wants to give you all He has in store.
Live for Him.
No one else is worthy.