Psalm 105:1-22, Romans 1:18–32, Ezekiel 20:39–44
The world is a very bad place. People hate. People steal. People lie. All sorts of things and behaviors are just wrong. God let it be.
In our current culture, there is a heightened response to Romans 1:26—27. However, the True and harsh reality is that this is only a piece of the puzzle. It only a square on the twisted and sin-filled quilt that makes up humanity. Look at all the other issues. Are you guilty of none of these?
Yet, despite being freed to do wrong (to ourselves, others, and God), there is still an open door. Even when God tells the Israelites, “fine, go,” there is something more. They—not bulls, not goats, not sheep, not lamps, not doves, not wheat, not wine, not incense—will be God’s pleasing aroma. So much of the sacrificial system had “pleasing aroma” attached to it that this is not insignificant.
1) Why did God let people go do what they wanted?
3) In general, freedom is poorly misunderstood and poorly used. How do you see that reality around you?