The details of this passage converge into one great truth: God is the absolute center of life. The Lord, who cannot be seen, establishes a visible sign as a reminder of this fact in the blue tassels at the four corners of the basic garment worn by the Israelites.
Look what happens when there is what we would consider, a minor violation of the Sabbath. The grasping energy of having fuels our modern society; contrast this joy of giving in the various offerings and contributions for the worship of God.
The word for atonement in Hebrew is chaphar; you are familiar with this in Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement. The root of the word means to cover. The blood of Jesus covers your sins so that they are no longer visible. So do not keep looking at them!
My heart: offering by fire v. 13
Pleasing odor to the Lord v. 13
Atonement and forgiveness v. 25
“From Egypt to be your God” v. 41
This is the Fifth Week in Easter, Year C.
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Fridays in Lent and Easter are dedicated to the Gospel of John.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
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over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
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