An Introduction to Leviticus and Lessons in Worship

Monday, June 12, 2017

Daily reading assignment – Leviticus 1-3

Our “Read-thru the Bible in a Year” scripture reading plan brings us today to the Book of Leviticus, the third book of the Pentateuch.  Perhaps the lesser read of the first five books of the Old Testament, Leviticus is, as its name implies, a book that directs the Levites, in their duties as priests in Israel.  Worship, offering of sacrifices, festivals and matters of the Law are all addressed in Leviticus.

Leviticus continues where the Book of Exodus concluded.  While the closing chapters of Exodus gives detailed instructions concerning the construction of the Tabernacle and all its implements for sacrifices and worship, Leviticus states the laws followed in worship including offering sacrifices (Leviticus 1-7) and the consecration and ministry of the Aaronic priesthood (Leviticus 8-10).  Leviticus 11-15 states the law of God concerning animals deemed clean and unclean by God.  Leviticus 17-25 serves as a reminder that the holiness of God demands the same of His people who approach Him in worship and offering sacrifices.

Don’t make the mistake of many New Testament believers who dismiss some books of the Old Testament as irrelevant and having little to no application to their lives.  While we recognize the Old Testament sacrifices were but a figure of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, we nevertheless are given insight into the person and character of God and His dealings with His people.

I am of the opinion if believers took to heart the lessons we should take from the commandments, laws, and ordinances God gave to Israel at Sinai, much of the carnality found in our homes and churches would be eradicated, including the frivolous, shallow nature of what 21st century Christians call contemporary worship (Leviticus 26).

I will offer a practical devotional commentary from Leviticus 1-3 in a later post today. Have a blessed Monday!

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith