Atonement for Sin

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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

Claudia Elzinga

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 …

Learning to Obey

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Leviticus 8–10 Once again we have a passage where the constant refrain is “as the LORD commanded Moses.” Moses was careful to do exactly what God said he was to do. Some people have the idea that the Old Testament emphasizes works while the New emphasizes grace. But we are to remember that God’s Old Testament people had been saved by grace. It was to a people whom he had rescued from slavery that God gave the Ten …

Dealing with Sin

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Leviticus 5–7 From this passage and many others in the Bible, it is obvious that God takes sin seriously. In a generation that takes sin lightly, we must evaluate it as God does and not as society does. In the description of offerings the Israelites were to make are three principles which apply to us today, even though the perfect offering for sin, Christ, has already been presented to God. There is to be confession of sin. We …

Sacrifices

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Leviticus 1–4 Here is where your determination to read through the Bible in a year will be severely tested. Leviticus consists of detailed ceremonial laws that God gave to the children of Israel. These first chapters deal with various kinds of sacrifices that were to be made on different occasions. All the sacrifices of the Old Testament are fulfilled in Christ. These laws point forward to the perfect sacrifice he would make. The people were made to realize …