First, I have good news! My friend, “Susie Bee” has been moved out of intensive care and into a rehab center! AND, “Lilly Lee” is making substantial progress and is beginning to move her right side! God is TOO Good!
Now, onto other business. I begin every year in Genesis and do my best to read through the Bible. I’ve read it in various translations and with different programs. This year I thought I’d try something new and read the “Complete Jewish Bible” which was translated by David Stern. I’m really enjoying it — the names are all in Hebrew, the importance of loving the Word is emphasized, and Stern directs us to New Testament readings that correspond with the Old Testament. Normally I’d be further along than I am by now but I think taking it slow and reading the corresponding scriptures along with taking the time to look up Hebrew words that I don’t know is worth it. So maybe this year I don’t finish the Bible but I hope to not only know more about God’s Word but to fall even deeper in love with it than ever before.
I’m in Exodus right now. God is telling “Moshe” how to build the tabernacle and how to dress “Aharon” and his sons, the priests. Usually I skim over these details. I’ve never really paid attention to the lengths of acacia wood used in the temple, the amount of gold needed to cover the Ark of the Covenant, or how the priestly garments were made. But it’s different this year. I’m beginning to think that if God was so interested in how the tabernacle was built (and later on the temple) and if He cared so much about the priestly garments that He designed them Himself then He probably cares a lot about how we take care of the bodies He designed for us.
Think about it for a moment. Peter tells us that we are a holy and royal priesthood. If we really are God’s priests in our families, workplaces, and communities wouldn’t He care about how we present ourselves? Seriously, if He was so concerned with the details of building a tabernacle, designing the priestly garments, and building a temple wouldn’t He be just that concerned about us? Isn’t it time that we began to treat our bodies like the temple Paul told us it is? We need to remind ourselves that our bodies are not just about us and what we like or don’t like, want to do or don’t to do, where want to go, or if we want to stay right where we are. Our bodies are the very temple of the living God and the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Let’s treat our bodies with the respect they deserve and in doing so honor the One who created them!
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19)