Many Christians have a difficult time reading through the book of Leviticus, myself included. The law is explicitly presented in more detail than you’d ever care to know. Leviticus is also a bloody book. The sacrifices are numerous, and, being an animal lover, I find that a bit hard to swallow. However, Paul writes in the New Testament that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) God gave us the book of Leviticus for a purpose. I can’t presume to know the mind of God, but I will give you a few brief thoughts on the subject.
First, the meticulous detail of the law painfully shows us the vast gulf between the holiness of God and the ability of man to ever achieve it. Jesus alone was perfect; none of us are. We can be “good” our entire lives, but never measure up to God’s holy standard. Isaiah 64:6a tells us, “we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.” Don’t believe it? Think about the last time you did a good deed. How soon did pride enter into your thinking? Or was there some other payback? We will never be “good enough” to meet God’s holy standard in order to stand in His presence.
Secondly, as much as I grieve over the animal sacrifices, they remind me of how serious my sin is, and that’s the point. God didn’t cause us to sin; we did that to ourselves, along with Satan’s help. And we don’t just sin; we have a sin nature that is impossible to escape no matter how many “good” deeds we do. The law of Leviticus provided a temporary means of bandaging our relationship with God through the numerous animal sacrifices, but we were still “doing” to reclaim that relationship. These sacrifices point us to the ultimate sacrifice of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, as presented in the New Testament. He is the only perfect being who has ever or will ever live. God Himself sent His very own Son to die for our sins, nailing them to the cross, because of His deep love for us. His love is far beyond human comprehension after all the ways we have rejected Him and figuratively slapped Him in the face, yet we are His, and He wants a relationship with us. In all our stinkin’ness, He Still Loves Us and Wants Our Love In Return. Praise God for His gracious, merciful, unfathomable love!!! He provided the ultimate sacrifice that puts an end to all other sacrifices. All we must do is place our faith in Jesus and follow Him.
So, as we read through Leviticus over the next few weeks, keep those things in mind. Perhaps you’ll glean other things that you’d like to share. When we finish this book, we’ll go back to the New Testament and Psalms before tackling Numbers.
By the way, I will not have access to a computer on Monday night, so tonight I’ll post both Leviticus 1 and 2. Leviticus 3 will be posted on Tuesday night.
Posted on May 18, 2014, in All except books of Bible, OT (03): Leviticus (NKJV) and tagged Bible, Christ, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, Leviticus, Lord, Old Testament. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.