Holy Days or Holidays

READ : Leviticus 22–23 Human nature is such that we need special days to break up the routine of life. God recognized this need by giving the children of Israel several annual feast days as well as the weekly Sabbath. These days also were times to recall the mighty works of God which he had done on their behalf. While the emphasis of the New Testament is that all of life is to be dedicated to God, and that we …

Why Do What Is Right?

READ : Leviticus 19–21 Again and again in this passage God states what his people should and should not do. Then the statement is made over and over again, “I am the LORD your God.” In other words, act in this fashion for this reason: because I am your God. Here also is our motivation for righteous living. God has entered into a covenant of grace with us. He is a God of righteousness and therefore he expects a high …

Atonement for Sin

READ : Leviticus 16–18 This section of the Bible emphasizes the fact that we cannot approach a holy God lightly. No one could enter the Holy of Holies, the most sacred part of the tabernacle, which was separated from the rest by a veil—no one except the high priest and then only once a year, on the Day of Atonement, and only with the blood of an animal sacrifice. Significantly, at the time of the crucifixion of Christ, the veil …

Cleansing for the Unclean

READ : Leviticus 14–15 The previous chapter described leprosy. The problem was that with the lack of diagnostic tools, leprosy could not be immediately distinguished from other less serious diseases that caused lesions in the skin. Therefore, unlike what we call leprosy today, some of these diseases would clear up or could be cured. How thankful we should be for modern medicine which can diagnose and cure so many diseases. In this passage, we find how the unclean was now …

Separation from Uncleanness

READ : Leviticus 11–13 It is helpful to divide the laws God gave Israel into three categories: ceremonial, civil, and moral. Ceremonial laws deal with sacrifices. Christians are not to obey them, for Christ has fulfilled them by his perfect sacrifice, and to continue to obey them would be to deny Christ. Civil laws dealt with community issues. Because our society is so different than that of Israel, they no longer apply to us. But the principles they teach of …