An Introduction to Leviticus and Lessons in Worship (Leviticus 1-3)

Daily reading assignment – Leviticus 1-3

Our “Chronological Read-thru the Bible” scripture reading plan brings us today to the Book of Leviticus, the third book of the Pentateuch of which Moses is believed to be the author under the divine inspiration of the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:20-21).

As its name implies, the Book of Leviticus gave guidance to the Levites in their duties as priests in Israel.  Unlike Exodus, which was a historical record, Leviticus is a practical book devoted to worship, offering of sacrifices, festivals, and matters of the Law.

The closing chapters of Exodus gave detailed instructions concerning the construction of the Tabernacle and its implements for sacrifices and worship, Leviticus states the laws that were to be followed in worship. This included sacrificial offerings (Leviticus 1-7), the consecration and ministry of the Aaronic priesthood (Leviticus 8-10), and the law of God concerning animals deemed to be clean and unclean (Leviticus 11-15).  Leviticus 17-25 remind us the holiness of God demanded the same of His people who approached Him to worship and offer sacrifices.

A note of caution: Do not follow the example of many 21st century believers and dismiss some books of the Old Testament as irrelevant, having little to no application to your life. While we recognize the Old Testament sacrifices were pre-figures of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, we are nevertheless given insight into the person and character of God and His dealings with His people.

Carnality would be eradicated from our homes, churches, and Christian institutions if believers took to heart the spiritual lessons expressed in the commandments, laws, and ordinances (Leviticus 26).

A practical devotional commentary from Leviticus 1-4 will follow.

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