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.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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    • oneta hayes says:

      The lessons in Leviticus hits us where we live. Still busy?

      • I don’t know if we’ll ever get things situated— the house, unbeknownst to anyone, has a lot issues— things no one was aware of when we kept looking— so we’ve had to spend a small fortune getting it up to speed— 😑
        Gregory keeps reminding me that “the house spoke to me” and that I felt it was God who opened so many doors— Gregory is now second guessing my inner nudges from above🤭

        • oneta hayes says:

          Don’t give up on it or on your trust in God to open the right doors. Right doors for what? Perhaps to keep you from something worse, or perhaps to teach you patience. 😀 But if you made a mistake, God is not prone to leave you in it without a way out.

          • I know that about mistakes—- it’s a long story but Gregory and I met on a blind date. He was 10 years older— we hadn’t been dating 3 months before he asked me to marry him— my parents had yet to met him.
            My mother had a fit when I told her.
            My godmother, our Episcopal priest’s wife who held more sway with me than mother , said a resounding NO—
            But one dear older friend reminded Mrs Collins that even if they thought I was making a grave mistake, God could and would make order of any poor choice of mine into His Glory— I think that is what in part continues to lead me — I really did feel He opened so many doors with this move— yet Gregroy is more miserable than content— however Oneta, you have reminded me that God is still very much at work in all of this!!
            Thank you!!!

  1. This is an interesting way to make sense of Leviticus … a book that often seems so irrelevant today.

    • oneta hayes says:

      There are some good principles for daily living in there, but they can be passed over easily in all the “sacrifice” instructions. Aren’t you glad Jesus did that for us! But it makes me want to pay more attention to the “little” stuff that I can do. He is so blessed!

  2. Faye says:

    What you are writing here is valuable and I thank you. For too long many have bypassed studying the deep lessons from these early books. Yes we now must LIve with Christ in and under HIS new Covenant but know the reason why HE came to die for us. I will gratefully journey with you here. THANK YOU SIBCERELY.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for being my friend on this journey. The book is largely “scan-able” but it does hold some common sense for today as well as the large, large principle of why Jesus came to die.

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