Let’s be upfront, the Book of Leviticus has ruined many an attempt to read through the Bible cover to cover. This is because it speaks in language and categories that seem light-years away from where we are at today – the big question is why read this book today?
The answer is that Leviticus is the word of God and a word which he delivered before sending his Son, Jesus Christ. Without this book we would not understand the full significance of why Jesus Christ was sent into this world as an atoning sacrifice. The tragedy for Christians is that we often avoid this book because it is hard reading (and it is), yet we miss out on understanding, appreciating, and worshipping God for all depths of his grace.
Join us each week for our series on the Book of Leviticus – every line is full of grace and how hope is that a book which on the surface can seem old and dreary will be turned around for you and give you a window into the heart of God.
This series occurred at The Lakes between Oct-Dec 2013.
Talk 1 – Leviticus Chapter 1 – The Burnt Offering
We live in a casual society and often we can be casual about our relationship with God. As we come to the Old Testament we see that relationship with God is far from a casual matter. It is serious and dangerous, but as the same time an enormous privilege.
Talk 2 – Leviticus Chapter 3 – The Fellowship Offering
Everyone loves a celebration and God gives us great reasons to celebrate. Off the back of the burnt offering which turns away God’s anger there is this beautiful offering of fellowship that occurs. It celebrates the peace we now enjoy with God.
Talk 3 – Leviticus Chapters 8-10 – The Priesthood
The world of priests, temples, and animal sacrifices seems so remote from our world that we are tempted to think of them as obsolete and irrelevant. Yet, as we keep discovering in our series on Leviticus it could not be more relevant and important.
Talk 4 – Leviticus Chapters 11-15 – Clean & Unclean
Many of the clean/unclean rules seem quite obscure and strange to us. Some are even offensive to the modern mind. What are we as Christians to make of them in light of Leviticus being God’s word – profitable even for us.
Talk 5 – Leviticus Chapters 16 – The Day of Atonement
This day was a confronting day every year for the Israelite. It revealed how great sin was, but also how merciful God was in providing a solution. Understanding this day informs us as Christians just how Jesus offered himself on the cross for our once-and-for-all atonement.
Talk 6 – Leviticus Chapters 19 – Old Testament laws today?
Apart from John 3:16, the world’s most famous verse is from this old and ‘obscure(??)’ book – Lev. 19:18 “Love your neighbour as yourself”. Jesus quotes the verse, but the very next verse, Lev. 19:19 is “do not wear clothing made of two different fabrics”. We get that ‘loving your neighbour as yourself’ is part of being holy, but why is wearing polyester not so holy? How does the strange verses and the not so strange verses interact, then point to Jesus, and then also find relevance in living our Christian lives Nov. 2013? That’s today in Lev. 19.
Talk 7 – Leviticus Chapter 23 – Being intentional with our calendar?
Each month of the year is getting busier these days. We are more and more ‘time poor’ and can easily squeeze out the things we know should come first. Today Leviticus 23-25 will challenge us to put first things first as we plan our 2014 calendar. It will inspire us to look forward to all the moments God has given us in our calendar to spend as holy time with him and his people.
Talk 8 – Leviticus Chapter 26 – Future blessing or cursing?
In the final chapters of Leviticus God sets out two very different futures for his people Israel – they have a choice to make. With the arrival of Jesus so do we. Through the words of Leviticus God challenges us about our future. Will it be one of enormous blessing or one of great devastation?