Today we explore Leviticus, Psalms and Mark. In these passages we see: God laying out his perfect standard for his priests, David’s assurance in adversity and, most humbling, we see Jesus being tortured and killed.
Trying to focus on just one thought here is proving difficult; there are so many things God is teaching us about himself. One theme that pops out is “sanctification,” a word with great weight, significance and hope behind it. Sanctification is the process of being set apart or being made holy.
Leviticus has the unfair label of being a boring read, so it’s helpful to remember that it’s all about Jesus. Every sacrifice, priestly responsibility and holy object that we read about today is something God is revealing to us about his Christ. At a fundamental level, we see God’s requirement of perfection from the priests who serve him, and this perfection only comes through the “Lord who sanctifies.”
In our Psalms passage, we hear David’s heart as he hides from Saul’s pursuit. He laments the storm he’s in, but he also looks to the past, present and future of who his God is. David finds comfort in the Lord’s goodness, rewards and justice.
We see the result of being sanctified and the assurance of God’s goodness and sovereignty. David ends his Psalm by encouraging us to be strong and hope in the Lord, just as he does while enduring trials.
Psalm 31 is a comfort and beacon for our passage in Mark: don’t think Jesus quotes this Psalm for his own sake as he hangs on the cross. The overwhelming brutality in the death of Jesus and the reason for his sacrifice exposes my own naked and blasphemous heart. It also reveals my own need for a Saviour – to be sanctified.
So, where are you today? Do you enjoy the fruit of being sanctified, or are you trying to endure or mend your own brokenness? God offers no self-help here. He continually reminds us that only he offers sanctification, and he demonstrates the price he is willing to pay for it.
So how will you respond? Do you believe God and his word?
Jesus, who is whole, allowed himself to be broken so that our brokenness can be made whole.
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