I am posting a few days behind our actual reading… but I want to lead us through a methodical reading of the third book of the Torah – Leviticus. This is where most people quit in their Bible reading (or skip parts) – but I want to encourage you to not do that. By staying disciplined and taking your time – you will learn so much that God is saying here. Nothing in God’s Word is by accident!

One of the first things we notice when we start reading this book is that it is quite ritualistic and a bit boring! Many scholars believe it was written this way because it’s original purpose was to instruct the Priests on how to run the sacrifical system for the people of Israel. The priests would have memorized it – hence why it was simplistic and monotonous.

Right off the bat we see something change in the opening of this book.

The LORD called Moses out of the Tent of Meeting…” – Lev 1:1

In the book of Exodus we see God speaking to Moses from the top of Mt Sinai – with thunder and smoke. No one else could come near… only Moses. But now – with the completion of the Tent of Meeting – we see God dwelling within the camp of His people! This is a reflection of God’s heart… to be with His people (just like in the garden)! Unfortunately – sin makes this relationship level a huge issue. In Leviticus we see it a bit closer then the day man was sent “east of Eden”.

Chapter 1 details the start of the sacrificial system. Over the next 5 chapters we will see 5 main types of offerings. The first one is the Burnt Offering. The word for “offering” is “Corban” and it means “to bring or to come near.” The main point is that God is setting up a system which will allow people who are under a curse of sin to approach Him in all His holiness.

Remember God’s heart?

The details of the Burnt Offering are for a reason. We cannot just come to God on our own terms… we must come on God’s terms (because He is God). Sin is serious… (just ask the lamb!). The individual must bring a lamb to the priests – then he lays his hands upon the head of the lamb while it is being killed (as a way of recognizing the lamb being punished in his place).

This was known as “leaning on the lamb”.

Today – you and I have another Lamb who took our place.

The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, ‘Look! There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” – John 1:29

Have you leaned on the Lamb?

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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