Redeemed For Worship

God intended for the laws in the book of Leviticus to set His chosen people apart from others in the ancient near eastern culture in which they lived. He intended to mark His people as uniquely belonging to Him. And He intended for His people to live an uninterrupted lifestyle of worship. Leviticus 23-27 may seem … Continue reading Redeemed For Worship

“…For I am the Lord your God.”

I have this phrase, and similar ones, underlined in my Bible in Leviticus 18-22. It occurs 38 times in 5 chapters! God gives a lot of commands in these chapters, but he also continues to reinforce His rationale, "For I am the Lord your God." We tend to just look at the seemingly endless list … Continue reading “…For I am the Lord your God.”

Blood, Osama, and Jesus

In the ESV Bible, the word "blood" is mentioned 355 times. It is first mentioned in Genesis 4 in reference to Cain killing his brother Abel, the second sin that is recorded in the Bible, where God tells Cain that "the voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground." (Genesis 4:10) … Continue reading Blood, Osama, and Jesus

Jesus Our Atonement, Propitiation, and Expiation

For Israel, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) was the holiest day of the year, because this was the one day that the high priest was allowed to enter the most holy place in the tabernacle and offer sacrifices on behalf of the entire nation. A bull would be sacrificed by the priest for his … Continue reading Jesus Our Atonement, Propitiation, and Expiation

Be Holy, For I Am Holy

A variety of explanations are offered to make sense of the clean/unclean Levitical laws in Leviticus 11-15. I have heard people say that this is the diet that God wants all people to follow. I have heard people try to symbolize the food items - that some kinds of food represent sin, and that's why … Continue reading Be Holy, For I Am Holy

Blood of Bulls and Goats

In a previous blog post, Exodus & Leviticus From 30,000 Feet, I attempted a quick overview of the Old Testament book of Leviticus, which is a book of the Bible very few people actually ever read. In that post, I pointed out that Exodus ends with God directing His people to build a tabernacle to … Continue reading Blood of Bulls and Goats

Exodus & Leviticus From 30,000 Feet

In Exodus, God delivers His people from slavery with incredible signs and wonders (Exodus 1-15) and brings them to Sinai (Exodus 16-19), telling them there that they are to be his “kingdom of priests and holy nation.” He confirms their kingdom status by entering into a covenant with them as their King and giving them … Continue reading Exodus & Leviticus From 30,000 Feet