Christ Church, Mountain Top (Commune, Labor Day)
Faith: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Lunch Pail Crowd, and Leviticus
Leviticus 4.27-31, 5.1-6, 20.7-8,
others; Galatians 3.1-18
Gritty Dirt Band song, “Life’s Railway
find a scapegoat.
from pain, unconnected
& Caleb and the toy box
good things we have learned in Lev
creation, all of human existence
obsession in Leviticus comes as a GIFT because it teaches us
your intentional sin?
something (not speaking up)
thinking about it
anything unclean, including human uncleanness
are subject to punishment. You are guilty” (Lev 5.1-6)
human sexuality (chapt 15)
of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel, and because of their
transgressions, all their sins … all the iniquities of the people of Israel,
and all their transgressions, all their sins (Leviticus 16.16, 21)
“scapegoat” (traditional word)
from dying! (16.1-2)
holiness built on our performance is full of gaps at best and entirely bankrupt
at best. In the traditional song, we are told to “never falter, never fail”.
Really? Is that the religious secret? Now, I still like the song. I like the
reminder to keep looking forward, even when times are tough; the call to
bravery throughout life; the recognition that there are many obstacles before
us. But any perfection, even limited to focus, that is performance-based is
eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of
God.” 26 They were
greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be
saved?” 27 Jesus looked
at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God
all things are possible.”
salvation, is not achievable through performance. This is the great gift of the
obsession of Leviticus. It can’t be done! We need the day of atonement, or
something, or someone, even better. Instead of holiness that is Performance-based,
we need holiness that is Promise-based.
for I am the LORD your God. 8
Keep my statutes, and observe them; I am the LORD; I sanctify you.
of the law or by believing what you heard?
Galatians 3:18 For if the
inheritance comes from the law, it no longer comes from the promise; but God
granted it to Abraham through the promise.