Many of the laws that are in the Book of Leviticus are no longer in effect. So how can we appreciate this book of the Bible? The answer is in verses 32 and 33 of chapter 22. “Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the Lord, who made you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord.”
The word “profane” in English comes from two words: “pro” means “before,” or “outside” and “fane” which comes from the Latin word for a temple, fanum. That which is profane is not to be inside the temple, but rather outside.
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Let’s never do anything to dishonor God and ourselves by acting or speaking in ways that are not in keeping with who we are as God’s special creatures, made in God’s image.
The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.