April 10, 2014
Introduction to Leviticus
And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying... Leviticus 1:1 KJV
LET IT GLOW
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One thing I learned as a teacher, repetition is how the children would learn and retain new skills. We would repeat the addition and subtraction facts in order for them to remember them, whether on paper or orally. So I think the best way for us to get an important point that God wants us to learn is to repeat the words, phrases, or lesson. It is this way in the Book of Leviticus.
Who wrote Leviticus?
Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament.
The fact that God gave these laws to Moses appears 56 times in Leviticus' 27 chapters. (MacArthur)
When did it take place?
The Exodus of Israel happened in 1445 B. C. and the tabernacle was finished one year later. Leviticus picks up the record at that point, probably in the first month of the second year after the Exodus. (MacArthur)
Leviticus begins with God calling Moses from the tabernacle and ends with God's commands to Moses in the form of binding legislation. Chapters 1-16 explain how to have personal access to God through appropriate worship, while chapters 17-27 detail how to be spiritual acceptable to God through an obedient walk. (MacArthur)
God dwelled in the Holy of Holies, where the Mercy Seat on the Ark of the Covenant was located, inside the Tabernacle. While in the midst of His people, this is where God abode. Verse 1 says that God spoke to Moses from there with some instructions.
From this sacred tent God is said to have spoken audibly with Moses and may indicate God's coming in a human form to communicate with Moses as He explains in Numbers 12:8 indicates. (Falwell)
So was God in the human form of Jesus as He spoke to Moses? Good question. That's one we can ask Moses, but it sounds like that was how it happened, to me, that is. You can form your own opinion.
More important is, are we listening when God speaks to us?
LET IT GROW
Words repeated in Leviticus:
- holy or holiness-more than 80 times
- blood-88 times
- atonement (to cover)-45 times
- it shall be forgiven-10 times
- I am the LORD your God-23 times. (Wiersbe)
Israel's King (Jesus) had occupied His palace ( the Tabernacle), instituted His law, and declared Himself a covenant partner with His subjects. No geographical movement occurs in this book. The themes are the holy character of God and the will of God for Israel's holiness, mankind's sinfulness, and sacrifices. (MacArthur)
Do we recognize that God is holy? Do I seek God's will for our life? Are we ready, intending to do it when we know His will? Find it and do it.
Is the LORD your God?
LET IT GO
Pay attention to repeated words in God's Word.
Thank God that He provided a way for me to come to Him-His Son Jesus Christ.
Be grateful for Jesus taking my place, being my atonement, in payment for my sins.
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