“Understanding the 66 Books of the Bible” by David Jeremiah 3
3. Leviticus: Many who try to read the bible hit roadblocks at Leviticus. Most preachers and teachers avoid the book too, making Leviticus one of the most unappreciated books in the Bible. That is, until you get to know it better and to value its resplendent theme of holiness.
Its helpful t know the background for this book. In the sunbaked wilderness of Sinai, Moses wanted to tell the children of Israel why they were there and how they should live. His explanation began in Exodus and continues in Leviticus, where the heart of the matter was revealed. God had chosen Israel as a distinct people to bless the nations, but they were required to be holy.
Leviticus concerns the responsibilities and duties of the Levites in their role as intermediaries between the people and God. The necessary instructions on how to worship—ceremonies, rituals, sacrifices, washing, offerings and festivals—are all here, all of them symbols, items, occasions and events portraying the aspects of God’s Holiness, of human holiness, and of the Holy One to come—the Lord Jesus.
It wasn’t easy to teach the Israelites about God’s holiness, nor do we learn those lessons quickly. Even though we have God’s Spirit within us, we must often be reminded of His nearness. We need to cultivate a sense of His presence and cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of The flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the Fear of God. That’s the theme of Leviticus, and it’s a message well worth studying.
KEY THOUGHT: God expects His people to reflect His holiness and not just in rituals but in reality.
KEY VERSE: summary….Leviticus 11:44 For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy.
KEY ACTION: Whenever sin occurs in life, we should confess it promptly and consecrate ourselves anew, and remain committed to personal holiness.
KEY PRAYER: Dear Father, may I be a reflection of Your holiness, not just in thought, but in deed.