February 10, 2010

Lev 26-27: New Beginning

Posted in Forgiveness, Restoration, Sacrifices, The Law tagged , , , , , , , , at 11:44 pm by Steve

“I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” Lev 26:12

Does this sound at all familiar? What can we learn about the purpose of God through all these Law, rules and rituals?

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day” Genesis 3:8

The passage in Leviticus reminds me of this passage in Genesis when God walked with us in the Garden. Could it be that God is trying to bring us back to that unity where we walk with God again? Is the purpose of all these regulations to set the boundaries where we can walk with God without fear, guilt, or shame?

Leviticus is filled with all kinds of regulations about guilt offerings, burnt offerings and cleanliness rituals. God is trying to remove the guilt and shame we all feel yet cannot quite be free from. Imagine working all day in the garden, hands dirty, body sweaty, and hair matted against your forehead. But there’s no way to get clean. So you pull back the covers and crawl beneath the sheets.

Does that sound comfortable and cozy, or nasty and irritable? I have to think the latter. God is providing a way for us to come clean. To feel comfortable around God and each other. To know that the inside is able to heal and come out of the shadows and know who God really is and trust His heart enough to seek forgiveness and reconciliation.

Leviticus has a lot to teach us about the heart of God.

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February 5, 2010

Leviticus Overview

Posted in Outline tagged , , at 2:56 am by Steve

Outline of Leviticus

1. Laws of Sacrifices – chapters 1 – 7

a. The Burnt Offering – chapter 1
b. The Grain Offering – chapter 2
c. The Peace Offering – chapter 3
d. The Sin Offering – chapter 4
e. The Trespass Offering – 5:1 – 6:7
f. Laws of Offerings – 6:8 – 7:38

2. The Consecration of the Priests – chapters 8 – 10

a. The Consecration of Aaron & His Sons as Priests – chapter 8
b. Aaron & His Sons Minister as Priests – chapter 9
c. Unholiness of Priests Punished & Forbidden – chapter 10

3. Laws of Clean & Unclean – chapters 11-15

a. Clean & Unclean Animals – chapter 11
b. Purification of a Woman after Childbirth – chapter 12
c. Laws of Leprosy – chapters 13 – 14
d. Laws of Bodily Discharges – chapter 15

4. The Day of Atonement – chapter 16

5. The Sanctity of Blood – chapter 17

6. Holy Conduct – chapters 18 – 20

a. Holy Conduct Commanded – chapters 18 – 19
b. Punishment for Unholy Conduct – chapter 20

7. Holiness of the Priests – chapters 21 – 22

a. Holy Priests – 21:1 – 22:16
b. Holy Sacrifices – 22:17-33

8. Holy Convocations – chapters 23 – 25

a. The Holy Convocations – chapter 23

(1) The Sabbath – verses 1-3
(2) The Passover – verses 4-8
(3) Feast of the Firstfruits – verses 9-14
(4) The Feast of Weeks – verses 15-22
(5) The Feast of Trumpets – verses 23-25
(6) The Day of Atonement – verses 26-32
(7) The Feast of Tabernacles – verses 33-44

b. Holy Things for the Tabernacle – 24:1-9

(1) Holy Oil & Lamps – verses 1-4
(2) Holy Bread – verses 5-9

c. The Holiness of God’s Name & of His Laws – 24:10-23
d. Holy Years – chapter 25

(1) Sabbath of the Seventh Year – verses 1-7
(2) the Year of the Jubilee – verses 8-55

9. Blessings & Cursings – chapter 26

10. Vows – chapter 27