Numbers 8:1-9:14; Leviticus 1:1-3:17
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Learning to Love Leviticus! - This upcoming week of readings is what I call mission-critical. We’re beginning our journey through the book of Leviticus! As this is my 10th time leading a crew of people through the Bible in a year, I know that Leviticus is the book where we lose many people who started out so strong over the past 6 weeks. I want to let you know this in advance, so that if you feel like maybe not reading your Bible for even just one day this upcoming month, don’t do it! You may find Leviticus “boring” on occasion, but there truly is a lot of depth to it. And if you stop reading the Bible during Leviticus, you’ll miss out on so much more of the Bible coming up later this year – including Saul, David, Solomon, the prophets – and the list goes on.
If you read nothing else in this posting today, please take ten minutes or so to review the amazing reflection at the link below on the book of Leviticus by Bob Deffinbaugh over at Bible.org. The article at this link below titled “Learning to Love Leviticus” will bless you immensely before we embark on our study of Leviticus this week: https://bible.org/seriespage/learning-love-leviticus
An excerpt from Bob at this link above – “Up to this point in time the Book of Leviticus has been the “liver and onions” book of the Bible to me. That is, I know that it must be good for me, but I just don’t seem to have a taste for the stuff. To others, the Book of Leviticus is something like camping - they tried it once and that was enough to last them a lifetime. Having briefly looked at the Book of Leviticus, let us get down to the issue of “taste” which must be settled before we will ever benefit from this portion of God’s word. The first thing we must seek to do is to identify the reasons why we tend to dislike and thus to avoid this book.” Again, please please read “Learning to Love Leviticus” at this link before you read anything else in this blog posting today.
Date: 1420 or 1220 B.C.
Content: The book of Leviticus was designed to be a handbook for the priests or Levites, hence the name Leviticus. It sets down the regulations that were to govern the life of Israel in general and specifically to give regulations concerning sacrifice and worship. All of the major sacrifices are described, as well as the way they were to be offered. All of the major festivals and holidays are discussed. There are also special sections devoted to the priesthood and regulations concerning ceremonial matters.
Theme: The central theme of this book is that God has provided a way for atonement to be made by the offering of sacrificial blood. This whole system found its fulfillment in the shedding of Christ’s blood as the one great sacrifice for the sins of the world. Leviticus also shows that worship is to be orderly and is to follow a regular pattern. (Above commentary is from Tyndale Publishers “The One Year Bible Companion” page 2) More commentary on Leviticus is at this link – https://bible.org/page.php?page_id=882
Commentary on Leviticus chapter 1 and "The Law of Burnt Offerings" is at this link. Commentary on Leviticus chapter 2 and "The Grain Offering" is at this link. Commentary on Leviticus chapter 3 and "The Fellowship Offering" is at this link.
Worship Video: Our readings in Leviticus today reminded me this terrific live Tauren Wells "Worship Medley:"
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Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: "The LORD called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting." Leviticus 1:1 NIV
Prayer Point: Pray that you are speaking to and hearing from the LORD every day in prayer. Pray that you are hearing from the LORD every day through his Word. Pray that you are listening and obeying.
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