2 God spoke to Moses and said to him, ‘I am Yahweh.
6 So say to the Israelites, “I am Yahweh. I shall free you from the forced labour of the Egyptians; I shall rescue you from their slavery and I shall redeem you with outstretched arm and mighty acts of judgement.
8 Then I shall lead you into the country which I swore I would give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and shall give it to you as your heritage, I, Yahweh.” ‘
11 ‘Go to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and tell him to let the Israelites leave his country.’
18 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. Kohath lived for a hundred and thirty-three years.
20 Amram married Jochebed, his aunt, who bore him Aaron and Moses. Amram lived for a hundred and thirty-seven years.
23 Aaron married Elisheba daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
29 Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything that I am going to say to you.’
30 But Moses said to Yahweh’s face, ‘I am a poor speaker, so why should Pharaoh take any notice of me?’
7 Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three, when they spoke to Pharaoh.
8 Yahweh said to Moses and Aaron,
11 Then Pharaoh in his turn called for the sages and sorcerers, and by their spells the magicians of Egypt did the same.
16 Say to him, “Yahweh, God of the Hebrews, sent me to say: Let my people go and worship in the desert. Up till now, you have refused to listen.
19 Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron, “Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt — over their rivers and canals, their marshland, and all their reservoirs — and they will turn to blood. There will be blood throughout the whole of Egypt, even in sticks and stones,”
21 The fish in the River died, and the River stank; and the Egyptians could no longer drink the River water. Throughout the whole of Egyptthere was blood.
25 After Yahweh struck the River, seven days went by.
26 Then Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, “Yahweh says this: Let my people go and worship me.
28 The River will swarm with frogs; they will make their way into your palace, into your bedroom, onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and subjects, into your ovens, into your kneading bowls.
29 The frogs will actually clamber onto you, onto your subjects and onto all your officials.” ‘
1 ‘ “If someone sins in any of these following cases: “He should have come forward to give evidence when he heard the formal adjuration, having seen the incident or known the facts; but he has not spoken out, and so bears the consequences of his guilt;
2 “or someone touches something unclean, whatever it may be — the dead body of an unclean animal, wild or tame, or of one of the unclean reptiles — and without realising it becomes unclean, he becomes answerable for it;
4 “or someone lets slip an oath to do something either evil or good, in any of those matters on which someone may let slip an oath; he does not notice it, then, realising it later, he becomes answerable for it;
6 As a sacrifice of reparation for the sin committed, he will bring Yahweh a female from the flock (sheep or goat) as a sacrifice for sin; and the priest will perform the rite of expiation for him to free him from his sin.
7 “If he cannot afford an animal from the flock as a sacrifice of reparation for the sin he has committed, he will bring Yahweh two turtledoves or two young pigeons — one as a sacrifice for sin and the other as a burnt offering.
10 He will then offer the other bird as a burnt offering according to the ritual. This is how the priest must perform the rite of expiation for the person for the sin he has committed, and he will be forgiven.
11 “If he cannot afford two turtledoves or two young pigeons, he will bring a tenth of an ephah of wheaten flour as an offering for the sincommitted; he must not mix oil with it or put incense on it, since this is a sacrifice for sin.
13 This is how the priest must perform the rite of expiation for the person for the sin he has committed in any of those cases, and he willbe forgiven. In this case, the priest has the same rights as in the case of a cereal offering.” ‘
14 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
15 ‘If someone is unfaithful and sins inadvertently by infringing Yahweh’s sacred rights, as a sacrifice of reparation he must bring Yahwehan unblemished ram from his flock, the value of which will be decided by you in silver shekels according to the rate of the sanctuary-shekel.
16 He will make amends for what his sin subtracted from the sacred rights, adding one-fifth to the value, and give it to the priest. The priest will then perform the rite of expiation for him with the ram for the sacrifice of reparation and he will be forgiven.
17 ‘If someone sins and without realising it does one of the things forbidden by Yahweh’s commandments, he will answer for it and bear the consequences of his guilt.
18 As a sacrifice of reparation he must bring the priest an unblemished ram from his flock to the value which you decide, and the priestwill perform the rite of expiation for him for the oversight unwittingly committed, and he will be forgiven.
20 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
21 ‘If someone sins and is unfaithful against Yahweh by deceiving his fellow-countryman over a deposit or a security, or by withholding something due to him or by exploiting him;
22 ‘or if he finds lost property and denies it; ‘or if he perjures himself about anything that a human being may do criminally in such matters;
23 ‘if he sins and so becomes answerable, he must restore what he has taken or demanded in excess: the deposit confided to him, the lost property that he has found,
1 [For the choirmaster Of the sons of Korah Psalm] Clap your hands, all peoples, acclaim God with shouts of joy.
5 God goes up to shouts of acclaim, Yahweh to a fanfare on the ram’s horn.
9 The leaders of the nations rally to the people of the God of Abraham. The shields of the earth belong to God, who is exalted on high.
Thoughts and Reflection
God reminds Moses that he is doing something through him. God also reminds us of what he has done for us. We can have short-term memory as it comes to God and we can easily forget what he has done for us. That is why we should study scripture so he can reveal himself to us and we can know him more deeply.
In Leviticus today, we see that there are a lot of options for Sin-offering and how merciful God is. God offers many different options so nothing will get in the way of his people receiving his mercy from him. In the same way, we can offer small deeds and give God what is in our hearts. He will accept whatever we can give him.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!