For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children, so that the next generation might know— children yet to be born— that they might rise up and tell their children, that they might set their confidence in God, and not forget the deeds of God, but keep his commandments, and not be like their ancestors, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not make ready its heart, whose spirit was not faithful to God.” (Psalm 78:5–8, LEB)

I’ve been reading up on the law, specifically as revealed in the book of Leviticus because we find reading through Leviticus so boring and dry–which it is for us–but then you can have a psalmist write a psalm (119) in which in 176 verses he does NOTHING but praise God for the Law!

In this passage Asaph points out that one reason for the law was so that an unborn generation could “set their confidence in God and not forget the deeds of God.”  They needed to know the Law so that they could keep the Law and “not be like their ancestors, a stubborn and rebellious generation,” and then I love this translation, “a generation that did not make ready its heart.”

Part of knowing God’s Law was so that they could make ready their hearts and so that their spirits could be faithful to God.  Knowing and loving God’s law ensured that they would stay close to God and be faithful to him…

…And it would prepare them to understand Jesus and what it meant for him to be a sacrifice and that his blood could atone for sins once for all.

This is why we should know and love God’s Law as revealed in Leviticus, it helps us understand the cross.

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