30-Day Leviticus Challenge
Today I’m starting a rather interesting experiment for my Old Testament class in seminary. I have developed 10 “instructions” for living, based on the laws from Leviticus, which I will follow for the next 30 days. I’m really excited but also really nervous.
My instructions are rooted in 4 main themes of the Levitical Law (and the first 5 books of the Old Testament as a whole). The themes are:
- Sacrifice and the Seriousness of Sin
- Holiness (both as a concept and as an example to the world)
- Sacred Time
My wife asked me why our professor was having us do this. After thinking about it, I answered “Because these four themes are the very things that have been forgotten by modern evangelical Christianity. These are things we need to re-learn.”
So, here are the 10 instructions which I will follow for the next 30 days:
- Daily confess your sins, both intentional or unintentional, by writing them on paper and nailing the paper to a cross, acknowledging Christ as the ultimate sin offering, once for all.
- Recite the Jesus Prayer 25 times as a guilt offering for each sin.
- Eat food with only natural ingredients, including foods in their naturally occurring state and those with only natural additives.
- Any contact with blood (from wounds) will resort in becoming ceremonially unclean. Ritual purification is accomplished through bathing.
- Limit media consumption (TV, movies, music, internet) to content that would be pleasing to God.
Holiness (as a Witness to the Nations)
- Wear a cross on the outside of my clothes and a bracelet containing Deut. 6:5 (“Love the Lord your God…” on it.
- Follow a vegetarian diet, abstaining from all meat.
- Refrain from cutting my hair or shaving my beard.
- Recite the Jewish Shema, Lord’s Prayer, and Apostles’ Creed in the morning and evening.
- Observe the Sabbath on Sundays
I know it’s gonna be tough (I already had to shower after picking at a scab), but I am trusting that God will meet me in it.
God, may I develop a deeper understanding of my own sin, a higher appreciation of your holiness, and a sheer amazement at Christ’s work on the cross.