It's amazing to read the details of the old laws in Leviticus. Life back then centered around making animal sacrifices, food offerings and other strict rituals to cleanse oneself of sin, guilt and disease in order to be acceptable to the Lord (holy and to be honored always). And to think, all these rules carried a much lighter load compared to the alternative of human sacrifice and slavery.
And these days, thank God for Christ whose blood through death cleanses away all sin - we are spoiled! As Jesus said "...for my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:30). No animals to slaughter, just believe Jesus is the son of God, ask for forgiveness and it is given along with eternal life. Amen.
p.s. if you have trouble believing, ask God to help you with it. Ask God to open your heart and mind to the presence of Jesus.
Loving and honoring God is not for reward and avoiding punishment but rather from peace that surpasses all understanding and reverence of natural consequences; 'the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings' ... Praise the Lord, amen!
'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts.
We fool ourselves when we take ownership and pride in our accomplishments because there is no might and there is no power without the Spirit of the Lord, there is nothing.
God gives fair warning, it's up to us to listen. 3:9 "Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder. 3:12 But I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in the name of the Lord. 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." May our Lord God bless us all in 2022, thank you, Amen!