Leviticus

THE BOOK OF THE LAW

This is going to make you so grateful for Jesus! Here we have the list of laws and all the rules that the people of the Old Testament had to live by to honour and be obedient to God and I’m not going to lie, there is a lot. I know there is an immediate feeling to skip this book but you will really understand the New Testament if you stick it out and read it in full. Jesus came so that we don’t have to worry about fulfilling all of these laws, he fulfilled and was the sacrifice once and for all. Read this book and see what it would have been like if God didn’t send Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins.

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Part One

the fire on the altar must keep burning; it must not go out

L 6:12


DIVE

Holy cow that's a lot of sacrificing

There are some books in the Old Testament that seem so far away from our culture that we are not sure what to do with them and most people just skip over them when reading their Bibles. Leviticus is one of those books. But when you stop and read this book you will see the incredible nature and character of God that it reveals is more relevant today than ever!

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DEEP DIVE

LUKE HOOPER

Have you ever tried to read your Bible in a year? Genesis and Exodus are a breeze, but then you get to Leviticus. Rituals, sacrifices, impurities, what does it all mean? What is Leviticus trying to say? And how does it affect me today? To understand these questions, we must step back from the individual topics and the book itself to find its place amongst the other biblical texts.

Understanding the purpose of Leviticus aids us in interpreting the individual events within the book. At the end of Exodus we see Moses having just built the tabernacle, speaking to God from outside the tent (Leviticus 1:1). Moses was not allowed into the presence of God and it is upon this basis that Leviticus is built, framing Leviticus as God's plan to graciously provide a way for his people to come into his presence.

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Part Two

the fire on the altar must keep burning; it must not go out

L 6:12


DIVE

A PERSPECTIVE LESSON FROM GROVER

How are you going eating your Brussels Sprouts? Doesn’t it feel a bit like that when reading Leviticus, you just want to jump forward to dessert but you have to eat your vegetables: the solid foundation of the Pentateuch. So keep going, you will be so proud of yourself when you finish.

This week I want to highlight one of the key themes found in Leviticus: The Holiness of God. Holiness is not a word that is taught about much today but I wanted to show you how important this is to understand the book of Leviticus. When I discuss holiness it weirdly reminds me of the very old Grover video from Sesame Street. So let’s take a lesson on perspective from Grover. Grover is trying to teach the kids on the concept of near and far,  and he comes really close to the camera and quietly says “near” and then runs away from the camera and screams “far”. It is actually a really funny video when you watch it as an adult. 

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