Thoughts from Leviticus

Well this post is a few days in coming. I finished Leviticus the other day as I’m reading through the Bible this year. What a tough book in the Bible. It probably isn’t the one that most christians run to with eager expectations.

Lots of Laws. This we know. God is telling Moses to teach the priests their job descriptions. He’s laying out how to dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t’s to the Levi priests.

Over and Over and Over again this phrase comes up: “Be Holy Because I am Holy.”

Blood is everywhere in this book. We are told that atonement from sin can only come through shedding of blood.

Other thoughts:

  • Leviticus 13:46 talks about the fact that leprous persons are to, on top of everything else they have to do, walk around shouting (cry out) “UNCLEAN, UNCLEAN.” Can you guys imagine if we had to do this today. Makes me appreciative to be washed in the blood of the Lamb.
  • Leviticus 18:9-10 talks about harvest. God tells them to not reap the field right up to its edge. Also, don’t strip the vineyard bare. Also, don’t gather fallen grapes off the ground. They were to leave them for the poor and sojourner. How are we supposed to do this today? I know that we are to give back and help the poor, but is there a lesson in this that we are missing? How do we ‘Harvest’ today. How can we leave the edges for those around us… Hmmm
  • Leviticus 23-25 talk about feasts and celebrations that they were to keep. Do we keep them the same today? Should we? If I were to recognize one, what would it be? Can you imagine us honoring and celebrating ‘The Sabbath Year.’ Could we work the land for 6 years and let it rest for 1 year.

What are you reading now? Are you in the midst of a plan to read through the Bible this year?

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4 thoughts on “Thoughts from Leviticus

  1. I was in the process of reading the Bible cover to cover but then our small group moved into doing a Bible study of several books, so I’ve paused the reading and am focusing on that.

    Leviticus kinda has a stigma associated with it – at least to me – because a lot of legalistic Christians use this book to promote their own agenda in terms of, uh, a lot of issues that I don’t really wanna go into right now ;).

    Suffice it to say that it was a tough read. Glad I read it, but I dislike how people use it as weapon for hating on others.

    • I need a small group. That is something I was going to do in 2010, and have not yet. That’s something I need to work on. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. I am reading through with the Daily Message. It hops around a bit. Started with Genesis, then goes new Testament, now in Exodus. One chapter of either Psalms or Proverbs each day after about 3 chapters of the main reading. I like the mixed up order.