Finding Grace in Leviticus Menu

Leviticus 16 - The Day of Atonement

Leviticus 16 

The big points:

1) The High Priest could only go into the Holy Place at God's invitation and at a specific time.

2) Coming into God's presence requires a change of garments. We have to put off our self-pride and put on humility.

3) When atonement was complete the priest emerged from the tabernacle in glory (the glory that came from God).

4) The Day of Atonement was repeated yearly showing that the sacrifices of man were unable to purify. Read more...

Leviticus 17 - The Sacredness of Blood

Leviticus 17

The big points:

1) Sacrifices must be done in the prescribed manner, at the designated place by the appointed priests. It couldn't be done any old way.

2) Even though the Israelites had worshipped idols (verse 7), God still showed them grace.

3) All blood aka life belongs to God and should be dedicated to him and him only.

All sacrifices were to be done by the priests. It was done longer acceptable for anyone else to sacrifice animals on their own behalf. God had set up a system and in order to receive atonement they had to go through that path. Read more...

Leviticus 18 - The Laws of Sexual Morality

Leviticus 18 

The big points:

1) God's people are called to act differently. We are set apart and should behave that way by adhering to a higher standard.

2) A lot of the prohibitions that are in this chapter are played out in other parts of the Bible and we see their effects. In fact, we see them played out today where it has been proven that only bad things can come from them. First, homosexuality was legalized; then gay marriages. Now it's okay to have sexual relations with an animal in Canada as long as there's no penetration.

3) The laws of sexual morality are there for our protection.

4) A lot of the things that God prohibited were practiced by pagan nations to their detriment. God wanted to protect us from ourselves because He knew that opening the door to sin leads to even greater sin. Read more...

Leviticus 19 - The Moral & Ceremonial Laws

Leviticus 19 

The big points:

1) Be holy because I am holy. The word translated as holy is qâdôsh which means ceremonially and morally sacred; inherently holy; set apart. This is more than just surface holiness - it goes soul deep.

2) God once again shows Himself concerned about every aspect of His people's life. Isn't it interesting though that He had to go into such detail? This confirms that the Israelites were chosen not because of good behavior but because God loved them.

3) Many of the instructions were to separate Israelites from hedonistic practices.

4) Love your neighbor as yourself. It's about the heart. God desires His people to be set apart from the inside out. Read more...

Leviticus 20 - The Penalties for Breaking the Law

Leviticus 20 

The big points:

1) God's people were to separate themselves from the sin practiced by the nations around them.

2) Consecration is done by God but requires the participation of the one being sanctified.

3) All sexual sin is sin in the eyes of God.

4) In some cases judgment could only be carried out by God. This tells us that God is intimately concerned with our lives. Read more...

Leviticus 21  - Regulations for Conduct of Priests

Leviticus 21 

The big points:

1) The priests of God are held to a higher standard. As people who are responsible for a nation they had an important role to play.

2) Be holy for I am holy. There's a lot of emphasis on sanctification as it relates to the priest and his family.

3) The reason for holiness: Yahweh is not like any other god and He deserves a level of holiness that idols don't. Read more...

Leviticus 22  - More Instructions to the Priests

Leviticus 22

The big points:

1) Priests must take special precautions so that they are not defiled aka made ceremonially unclean. That meant that some things that were allowed for "ordinary folks" was not allowed for them such eating an animal that died naturally.

2) God is holy so His earthly representatives had to be holy too.

3) Ceremonial uncleanness was temporary. Once the new day began at sundown, the priest was able to start the day with a clean slate. No matter how we mess up, God's mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness. Read more...

Leviticus 23  - The Feasts of the Lord

Leviticus 23

The big points:

This chapter was all about the feasts/festivals of the Lord. Interestingly enough it starts with a reminder to keep the Sabbath as a day of "solemn rest". And no, that doesn't mean serious sleeping (smile). It was more that it was to be characterized by deep sincerity.

During these times of feasting and celebration the people were to remember what God had done for them at various points in their history.

1) The feasts were grouped in two sets: three in the first month (Nisan), one a little less than 4 months later in Av and three in the seventh month in Tishrei.

2) The gap between the set feast times would have been the harvest in Israel. Read more...

Leviticus 24  - The Tabernacle Lamp & The Egyptian Blasphemer

Leviticus 24 

The big points:

1) Each tribe was represented before the Lord.

2) Everyone had to carry out God's edict. The man’s actions didn’t only affect himself or God. He impacted community. His sin affected them too.

3) God values human life above animal life. Hence the death of a human carries a greater sentence.

4) The justice must fit the crime. Telling the Israelites "an eye for an eye" wasn't a literal statement. Rather it was saying if we get a scratch from someone we can't amputate his arm in retaliation. Read more...

Leviticus 25  - The Sabbath of the Land & the Year of Jubilee

Leviticus 25

The big points:

1) Rest is important to God. Even the land had to keep its Sabbath.

2) The Sabbath year was a time to be reacquainted with God's laws.

3) Most things that were lost through debt could be redeemed in the year of Jubilee.

4) The kinsman a redeemer was a type of Christ - distant relative of King David who came to redeem every Israelite (and all sinners) from sin. Read more...

Leviticus 26  - Blessings & Curses

Leviticus 26 

The big points:

1) There were many blessings for being faithful to Jehovah. They would have rain in due season, crops aplenty and victory in battle to name a few.

2) The best thing about obedience was that God would dwell among them and be their God.

3) Disobedience had a set of curses - drought, famine, cannibalism, exile, servitude... The curses got greater the longer the Israelites refused to obey God.

4) God does not say that He would forsake them or choose another people. He would punish them, but they were still His. Read more...

Leviticus 27  - Dedicating Things & People to God

Leviticus 27 

The big points:

1) God had chosen the Levis to be His priests but He still made a way for persons in other tribes to dedicate their lives to Him.

2) Being consecrated to God could not be used as a "get out of death free" card.

3) The rich man and the poor man had the same value to God.

4) The priests were called to a great work and needed to have a variety of skills. They were public health inspectors, butchers, accountants and assessors to name a few.

The Israelites were God’s people. He declared it. But it was the Levi tribe that was consecrated to minister to God. Read more... 

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