In the world but not of it

June 30, 2010

Things to come…

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Then the LORD said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel”. Leviticus 4:1-2

Let’s face it; if you read the Bible then Leviticus is not one of those thrilling books packed with all the action you get from other Old Testament books. We treat this book of the Bible as being somewhat less interesting but in reality it is no less important than any other book in God’s word.

Did you know that the word holiness is mentioned over 152 times in Leviticus?  The term means to be “set apart” – remember that the children of Israel had been living as slaves in Egypt (a picture of the world) for over 400 years. God called them out, just as He has called us out of the world “spiritually speaking” (John 17:11)…

Leviticus then represents a series of specific instructions that the children of Israel would need to know and practice in order to transform their way of dealing and thinking with each other, their view of sin and how it must be dealt with, instruction on living a holy and purified life before God and ultimately a reverence for the Lord that they had not really had previously…

Isn’t it exactly what we are instructed to do in Romans 12:1-2

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Last but not least, the instructions and practices in Leviticus were a shadow of things to come. One day God would send His Son as the ultimate sacrifice…

The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared. But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Hebrews 10:1-4

For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. Hebrews 10:10

Leviticus is rich with hidden jewels and gems pointing to the very things that would one day be needed for all believers to follow and know, let’s dig into it and not despise it…


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