Leviticus is the third Book in the Old Testament. The name stems from the Levites who were the priests from the tribe of Levi. Few Christians like to read Leviticus. It is not really a good read for me either; so much is about how the priests were to make animal sacrifices and that no longer is applicable for us Christians because Jesus came to be the final and eternal sacrifice. No longer were yearly sacrifices needed. But we still have to repent and ask Jesus for forgiveness of sins we commit, sometimes very often!
But the book is in the Bible, so I ask “What is here that God wants me to know?” The big theme is that God is holy and He wants us to live holy. I have found some things that are very important to our Christian lives. So here are my conclusions about some important “living lessons from Leviticus.”
Chap. 3:17 You must not eat fat or blood. We are probably not supposed to eat fat because it is not healthy for us. Chap. 17, verses 11 and 14 tell why are not supposed to eat blood. Because “life is in the blood.” God demands a blood sacrifice because He demands our life. Jesus gave His blood for us, so we give our lives for him. Not many have to die for him in our country, but everybody who accepts his sacrifice, has to live for Him. We have to be followers of Jesus. Sometimes that is a struggle but our desire must be to please him.
Chap. 4 points out the difference in punishment for those who unintentionally sin and those who intentionally sin. Sometimes you might do something then decide it was wrong. That is a lot different than planning or choosing to do something when you know it is wrong. So I do not think heathen people who do not have the gospel have to suffer the same penalty for sin as those of us who have the gospel. However, they still cannot be saved without Jesus.
Chap. 5:1 This is an important verse. Think about it. For instance, if your teacher or manager is getting after someone you don’t like and you know he is not guilty, you must speak up for him the same as if he were your friend. If we know the truth but don’t tell it, it may be the same as a lie. For big folks, if they know fraud was committed in an election, and do not say so, they are as guilty as the ones who committed the fraud! There might be people who have jobs where they have to make huge decisions affecting their lives if they find corruption going on in their work environment.
Part Two will be coming. It includes some highlights from Chapters 6, 9, and 11.