Things to consider when reading the bible;
- Is there a command to obey?
- Is there an example to follow?
- Is there a promise to claim?
- Is there a sin to avoid?
- Is there a principle to follow?
Thoughts to consider
- Well done for getting this far. If you’re like a lot of people though, this is the point where you’ll give up. Genesis and Exodus start the bible with interesting stories and characters but the book of Leviticus is about how the Levites are to live and perform their duties. But don’t give up, the book of Leviticus brings us face to face with realities about God, the world and ourselves.
- The book is concerned with living out the sacred trust of holiness. The Lord set the Levites apart as his priests who were to make sure that the tabernacle—and the people—remained holy. The first seven chapters are instructions for various offerings. Chapters 8—10 relate the ordination of Aaron and his sons as priests. Chapters 11—15 are about cleansing. In chapter 16 the all-important Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is instituted. The last eleven chapters deal with moral laws for everyday living, priestly behaviour, festivals and the results to be expected from obeying or disobeying God. Except for brief narrative portions, the book presents itself as spoken by God to Moses. No proof is offered. It simply says, “The Lord said to Moses,” or sometimes, “The Lord said to Moses and Aaron.”It was written shortly after the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, somewhere between 1440 and 1220 B.C
- So why should you carry on and not give up? Firstly it shows us God. It says that God is holy but still wants to talk to His people, ordinary people, explaining how to live and how to know him. Leviticus also shows us ourselves. It tells us we can know God. It says that we are not holy unless God makes us so. It portrays people trying to get around God’s laws—something we all still try in various ways. And it promises that a broken relationship with God can be restored through his mercy. Lastly it shows us the world, mostly indirectly, by telling us how God’s people are different from the world. Some differences are external, but they are primarily internal because God has already made us different from the rest of humanity. Leviticus tells us that as we live in this world we are bound to be distinctive simply because we belong to God.
- If you use your imagination while reading these passages it can be quite disturbing. There must be so much blood everywhere. It was liberally thrown against the altar for each sacrifice. I just hope they had a decent drainage system. The blood and death though was a graphic picture of the consequences of sin. A price had to be paid for it. This is of course all looking forward to the sacrifice Jesus made. Spend some time thanking Him for that sacrifice today and also the consequences of your sin.