The message of Leviticus can be found in the two key verses of the book:
For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. Leviticus 11:44-45 NKJV
Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. Leviticus 19:2 NKJV
We follow the redemption of the book of Exodus right into the service- and worship, of Leviticus. After salvation (redemption) we are called to live lives of service and worship (Leviticus). We are called to be Holy. The very word holy, as used in Leviticus, means that which is set apart and marked off, that which is different.” (Warren W. Wiersbe in the “Be Holy” book on Leviticus) We are called to be set apart. The question is, how?
- We must deal with Sin – Leviticus opens by giving instruction for offering sacrifice – no matter what the sacrifice, it had to be perfect, representing the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ. True worship begins as we confess our sins and accept Christ- the only one who can redeem us from sin. Even after salvation, it is important to keep our sin records short- making sure we confess our sins and turn from them – to go, and sin no more.
- We must set ourselves apart- Leviticus is filled with laws- purity laws, ceremonial laws, moral laws. They gave Israel guidelines and instruction for their daily walk with God. We have been freed from the law– but we are still called to set ourselves apart. To live in the world, but not of the world. Although our faith is relational- meaning a personal relationship with Jesus Christ- we still have attitudes and choices we can make as a living sacrifice to God. It is our reasonable service- and an act of worship. (Romans 12:1-2)
- Celebration- Our world does not celebrate conformity, unless it is to its own standards However, God calls us to conform to the image of Christ. This is the sanctification process- this is holiness!
Leviticus calls us to celebrate this process- and the result! This book talks about the feast times- of remembering what the Lord has done. We, too need to have times of remembrance- seasons of celebrating the work of God in our lives. These may come as holidays or traditions as they did for the nation of Israel, or personal moments in our daily walk.
Here are just a few more of the thoughts about the Priesthood, how we are New Testament Priest (and how that affects our holiness). I also give a short syllabus of the book of Leviticus. If you can’t see this video, click here.
(The four points from the beginning of the video and verses that go with them are: 1) Washed – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 2) Clothed- 2 Corinthians 5:21 3)Anointed – 1 John 2:20, 27 4) Access- Hebrews 10:9-26 )
Jesus Christ is on every page of scripture. The law is
For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. Hebrews 10:1
Because of this, we know we can find Jesus written on the pages of Leviticus.
Following the law does not make one holy. Only the precious blood of Christ- our perfect sacrificial Lamb and Great High Priest – can do that. Only He can intercede for us (1 John 1:7, Hebrews 8:1, Romans 8:34)
Holiness – it is important! Leviticus is a book most avoid- because it is hard. Holiness is hard. Holiness “advertises His virtues and glorifies His name. (Warren W. Wiersbe)
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9
Maybe it is for those reasons that so many struggle through Leviticus’ pages. It is because the concept of holiness is so hard – not just the words.
Join me, as we dive deep and I do mean deep, and work out our faith. In one of the hardest, yet most important books- and topics- in all of scripture.
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Worshiping With My Life,