Leviti-what? – The Message of Leviticus


Have you ever been tempted to not look deeply into the third book of the Bible? It’s certainly missing the colorful stories of the two preceding books. Even without the potential VBS stories, it is still from God and valuable for you.

To Think About:

With all the offerings and sacrifices, God was teaching the people about holy worship.

  • Read Leviticus 1:1-9. For people who lived off the land, giving an animal or grain was similar to you writing a check or swiping your credit card. How do you see worship and giving fitting together?

With all the rules and guidelines, God was teaching the people about holy living.

  • Read Leviticus 19:13-16. These rules are about more than being nice to other people. What traits is God seeking to instill in their lives? In what ways do those very traits reflect God?

With all the reminders about holiness, God warned the people to not become like those around them.

  • Read Leviticus 20:1-5. What would have been the dangers of Israel becoming like the nations around her? How might it have affected some of the people or events that would follow Leviticus?

To Live Out:

Because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, there is no longer any need for another animal sacrifice (Heb. 10:10). First, pause and thank God for that! Second, holy worship and holy living do continue. You are putting God before or after everything else in your life. That is the worth-ship you are ascribing to God or Jesus. Your interactions with other people, even with creation, comprise your living. Is it like the ‘nations’ around you, or is it holy and different?

To Pray About: God designed life to be lived well. Jesus modeled for you what that life looks like. Ask Jesus to bring to mind his example of words and actions continually. Ask God’s Spirit to empower you to live out what is not always easy to do.

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