Nobody reads the book of Leviticus, right? I mean it’s filled with all these rules and rituals that really do not apply to the Christian these days. I remember in 2001 I taught a class in a church and we went through the entire Old Testament in 13 weeks. I grouped Leviticus with Numbers and Deuteronomy anticipating going through Leviticus fairly quickly and hitting some good things in Deuteronomy. But when it was all said and done, in that 90 minute class, I spend 45 minutes on Leviticus.
I may not have read Leviticus since then, but a friend of mine wanted to study the whole Bible, beginning at Genesis. So in January we started there and are almost through with Leviticus. While prepping, I’ve had so many “aha” moments that I can’t count them all. Behind all the ritual and regulation in a rich exploration of forgiveness that as Christians we can apply. We can see how God handles forgiveness. But what also surprised me was a limitation on the ability of the sacrifice to forgive certain types of sin, and the very important role of the priest in the process.
In the next few series of posts I want to look at the idea of forgiveness from the book of Leviticus. I will look at the sacrifices, the role of the priest, the role of the Tabernacle, Yom Kippur, and the idea of the “scapegoat.” I will also explore the idea of purification, the sin that a sacrifice cannot deal with, and the pictures of Christ from the process.
If you haven’t read Leviticus in a while, grab a copy of the Bible and spend some time there. It’s a fascinating book!