WHAT TO LOOK FOR
As we finish Exodus and John and begin reading Leviticus and Psalms, there’s much we could focus on, but given how often people struggle to read Leviticus, let’s start there. Leviticus is an exhaustive and exhausting list of the rules for offerings and sacrifices, how they are to be performed, rules for the priests, rules for how to stay clean or get clean, and rules for how to be holy.
It’s actually quite helpful to start Leviticus right as we conclude Exodus and John. Leviticus begins immediately after the Tabernacle is completed, and God has come down to dwell among His people. The emphasis at the end of Exodus is that Moses and the people did everything related to the Tabernacle “just as the LORD had commanded Moses.” What will it require for God to remain dwelling among the Israelites? Leviticus shows us just how much it will require. It starts with sacrifices. Lots and lots of sacrifices.
There are many things or people that are to be holy, set apart from the common. There are also many ways for holy or common things or people to become unclean. Chapters 4 and 5 even focus on how to deal with unintentional sins and accidentally becoming unclean. The people were dependent on priests to intercede between God and man, and those priests performed sacrifices for the people. They were not to sacrifice for themselves.
In John 17 we read what is called the High Priestly Prayer where Jesus sets His people apart from the world, making us holy, interceding for us as our perfect priest to His heavenly Father and ours. Then he becomes the sacrifice to cleanse us.
It is in this way that the Levitical law was fulfilled, not abolished. As you read Leviticus, there is much we can learn about holiness and the beauty of one perfect sacrifice. It is also appropriate for us to be thankful that we are not bound by these laws. Even our unintentional sins have been atoned for, and we are set apart as holy to the Lord.
VERSES TO MEDITATE ON
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.
HOW TO PRAY
- Adoration – Lift up the name of God as holy.
- Confession – Confess the many ways we have forgotten that we are also holy, and even unintentionally sinned by acting like we are of this world.
- Thanksgiving – Thank God that His law has been fulfilled, and we are not bound by it any longer.
- Supplication – Ask God to teach you as you read the book of Leviticus, that it would cause your love for Him to increase.