For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which will also be a big part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers this summer. First, read the passage and then discuss the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and ponder the quote presented.
Reading: Leviticus 15: 19-30
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? (or for younger kids, which part of the story doesn’t make sense to me?)
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text? (or for younger kids, what is my favorite part of the story?)
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me? (or for younger kids, what does this story remind me of?)
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text? (or for younger kids, what is God or Jesus doing in this story?)
Oh, some of the things you will find as you are reading the Bible. One time, I did a Bible study with some junior high age kids. I had them open up their Bibles randomly and read the first five verses in the top left corner of the page they opened to. We would then discuss that passage. One person turned to a passage like this one. At first, I didn't know what to say. How do you talk about a subject like that to young children?
I explained that there were many laws in the Old Testament that God handed down. Specific laws about all kinds of subjects, I said, and went on to talk about some of the laws. I got out of that one, that's for sure!
There are many discussions on the laws of the Old Testament and why we only follow certain ones today. But from my understanding and interpretation, when Jesus Christ came to this earth and died on the cross, He abolished the law. He gave us the "new law:" to love one another.
It's interesting to go back and read the old laws. Take some time to study Leviticus and the other law books of the Bible. See the specific things the early people had to obey. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Take some further time today to read some of the laws of the Old Testament.
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