Let’s continue with our study of Leviticus. No matter how tedious the descriptions, they will always help us in our walk .We just need the Holy Spirit to apply them to our lives.
Mar. 4 – (Lev. 3-4) In chapter 3, we have instructions on the peace offering. It expresses peace between an offer-or and the Lord. As with the burnt offering, there are various motives for a peace offering, from petition to praise. For the burnt offering, the entire animal was to be burned up. For the peace offering only the fatty parts are to be burned. The fat in ancient Israel represented the very best part of the animal (Compare “the fat of the wheat”. Num. 18:12) Here is an example how different from the meaning in Bible times is different from today. Wouldn’t you say most people value the meat of the animal more than the fat of the animal? Just saying.
The sin offering is for restoring one’s broken relationship with the Lord, whether that was caused by an unintentional sin or by a sin of omission. The sacrificial animal was burned “outside of the camp” (4:12), rather than at the base of the altar. This foreshadowed the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, who was crucified “outside the camp” (Heb. 13:13).
Mar. 5 – (Lev. 5-6) Chapter 5:1-6 describe four cases in which sinners either deliberately (v.1) or unknowingly (vv. 2-4) fail to do something that is required. In any of these cases, once they realize their guilt, they are to confess their sin (v. 5) and bring a sin offering. Did you notice verse 4? “If anyone utters with his lips a rash oath to do evil or to do good, any sort of rash oath that people swear…” Have you ever said “I swear, I will never…? Even swearing to do good was a sin. Selah
Chapter 6:1-7 talks about sinning against a neighbor. It also states it causes a breach of faith against the Lord, so he needed to make it right with the Lord as well as the neighbor (Matt. 5:23-26).
Mar. 6 – (Lev. 7-8) Chapter 7:1-10 focuses on how the guilt offering is to be made. The earlier passage (5:14-6:7) focused on when it was to be offered. The peace offering is subdivided into three types: thanksgiving in response to God’s favor (7:12,13,15), a vow (an offering in fulfillment of a vow; v. 16), and a freewill offering (when there is no specific obligation to make an offering v.16).
Chapter 8 contains nearly one-third of the uses of the word “commanded” in Leviticus. This concerns the consecration of Aaron and his sons as priests to the Lord. Are we not now all priests to the Lord?
Mar. 7 – (Lev. 9-10) Now that Aaron and his sons have been ordained, chapter 9 describes the first tabernacle service. Various offerings were required, because both the priests and the people were sinful. God delivered his covenant to His people at Sinai; now He descends upon His altar to dwell with them. Let’s remember that this was a milestone in the progression back to intimate relationship with God. Adam and Eve had it the best until they sinned and were driven from God’s presence. In this phase, God has come down to dwell near His people (in the tabernacle), but only the priests could enter in and only after all had been cleansed by blood sacrifices in a specific way. We see all too quickly how any breach of these commands could bring death. Chapter 9:7-21 describes an order that we need to consider as we enter into His presence. First came the atonement for the priests (vv. 7-14), and then for the people (vv. 15-21). As in other ceremonies, the atonement process moves from the removal of sinfulness (by the sin offering), to petitions and praise (the burnt offering), and finally to communion with the Lord (the peace offering). Thank Jesus, we no longer need to go through a priest first, but the elements of sacrifice may be a pattern for us to follow. Selah
Mar. 8 – (Lev. 11-12) In chapter 11, we see what is clean and what is unclean to eat, and then how to rectify that. The reason a particular creature is called either clean or unclean is not clear. Yet the purpose of these laws is clear: to help Israel, as God’s holy people, see the difference between ritual cleanness and ritual uncleanness (vv. 46-47). Seeing these differences in the ritual realm would constantly remind the people that they need to make such distinctions in the moral realm as well. Further, obeying these food laws expresses Israel’s devotion to the Lord; Just as God separated the Israelites from the other nations, so they must separate clean from unclean foods (20:24-26). This is why the restrictions can be removed in Acts 10:9-28 when the Jesus Vs. Gentile distinction is no longer relevant in defining the people of God. In my observation, things seemed to be unclean when animals ate blood or from dead animals or touching dead things. Can you see the correlation between this and Jesus blood that covers us?
Mar. 9 – (Lev. 13-14) These chapters speak about leprosy and skin diseases. It is pretty amazing that there were some rules/laws in place to prevent an outbreak. One commentary likened leprosy to sin. I thought the similarities were worth pondering: 1. It begins as nothing. 2. It is painless in its first stages. 3. It grows slowly. 4. It often remits for a while and then returns. 5. It numbs the sense – one cannot feel in the afflicted area. 6. It causes decay and deformity. 7. It gives a person a repulsive appearance. It would be interesting to read these chapters again and see how they relate to the sin in our lives. SELAH
Mar. 10 – (Lev. 15-16) Chapter 15 reminds me of the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years (Matt.9:20-22). She would have been considered unclean for 12 years! Anyone who touched her would have been unclean at least for the day. She must have felt in many ways like a leper. I’m sure Jesus’ healing of her health issue, was only the beginning of healing in other ways as. Jesus heals us today in so many ways. I thank Him for His healing power.
Chapter 16 describes the Day of Atonement Ritual. This annual observance highlights God’s grace. Here God offers forgiveness and renewal for Israel’s worship site, priests and people. All sins can be forgiven. This ritual reminds us that forgiveness comes from God, whose presence was symbolized by the ark in the Holy of Holies. Aren’t you so thankful we don’t have to wait a year to seek forgiveness? It is instantaneous and soon as we ask!