LEVITICUS OVERVIEW

Tomorrow we will begin our journey through Leviticus, where we will spend 10 days.  The purpose for the book of Leviticus was to serve as a handbook for the priests and Levites outlining their duties in WORSHIP, and a guidebook of holy living for the Hebrews.

The author was Moses.

It was written at the foot of Mount Sinai.  God was teaching the Israelites HOW to live as a HOLY PEOPLE.  The Israelites lived at the base of Mount Sinai for 2 years and during this time it was used as a time of resting, teaching, learning, meeting with God, and overall worship.

The key verse in the book of Leviticus is Chapter 19:2 which says:

“Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”

Holiness is mentioned 152 times in Leviticus. This is more than in any other book of the Bible.

In Exodus we read about Jesus as the Passover Lamb.

In Leviticus we will read of the requirement as Sacrifice for Sin which shows us how JESUS became  THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for Sin.

The Israelites arrived safely at the foot of Mount Sinai, and the Tabernacle has been completed.  The people will spend a great deal of time here as God shows them a NEW WAY of life with CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS on how SINFUL PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO A HOLY GODWHY would HIS people need these instructions?  First of all, it was just a few chapters back in Exodus where the Hebrews complained to Aaron about wanting a god who would go before them and Aaron made a GOLDEN CALF.  The request of HIS people and the actions of Aaron showed the GREAT influence that the Egyptians with their many gods had on the Hebrew Nation.  God knew He had to not only cleanse HIS people of these thoughts but also show them THE better way.

We were each created to have a special, intimate, personal relationship with God.  That relationship was first broken by Adam and Eve and GOD desired for it to be restored.  We are incomplete when we are separated from HIM.  The substitutionary death for sin began in Genesis with Adam and Eve, continues throughout the OT and then Jesus Christ comes as the final substitutionary death for our sins.  Communion with the living God is the essence of worship and touches our very core.

The book of Leviticus is dedicated to worship.  True worship today and oneness with God begins as we confess our sin and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

In Leviticus, sacrifices, priests, and the sacred Day of Atonement opened the way for the Israelites to come to God.  God’s people were to worship HIM with their lives, which is why we will read of purity laws, rules for daily living in relationships, family responsibilities, sexual conduct, worldliness and vows.  God gave very specific instructions in how each person could have a holy walk with God and worship HIM.

Levi was one of the 12 sons of Jacob/Israel.  Levi’s descendants became the tribe of the Levites.  As we read in Exodus, the Levites were called to be priests.  Moses and Aaron were descendants of Levi as were the sons of Aaron.  Aaron was called to be the High Priest and his sons were his assistants.  The name Leviticus actually means “Vaylikra” in Hebrew which means “He called.”  The Greeks translated it into English as Leviticus.

The BLB defines worship as “to bow down.”  In the back of my Life Application Bible, worship is defined as “to express praise and devotion with the LORD.”

Let’s get ready to learn how we can have a true devotion of the heart to our God, from what God was teaching the Levites.  I KNOW we are looking at the “old way” but let’s see if we can still see Jesus on each page.

Sharing HIS love

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