Leviticus is the third book in the Bible. It is wedged between the Exodus drama of the parting of the Red Sea, and the intriguing talking donkey and snake-on-a-stick episodes in Numbers. Leviticus is a tough read with lots of strange rules and regulations. It’s not my favorite book by a long shot. But I wanted to do more than just “gut” my way through it this time. So I found a way to love Leviticus.
After reading the first chapter I prayed, “Thank you, God. Thank you that I don’t have to bring a bull to church, slaughter it and have PB splash the blood onto the altar. Thank you, Jesus, for putting an end to all that death by dying.”
Having completed the chapters about the Burnt Offering, the Grain Offering, the Peace Offering, the Absolution Offering, and the Compensation Offering, I thought, “Whew! Jesus covers it all! What a relief! Thank you!”
Following a riveting three chapters on infectious skin diseases and bodily discharges, I sang, “Halleluia! He cleanses me from all unrighteousness!”
The detailed instructions for the Day of Atonement consisted of at least twenty-five steps for the High Priest to carry out. There was a lot of blood involved. I whispered, “Forgiveness is mine, just for the asking. I’m so thankful.”
I’m loving Leviticus! It’s making me appreciate Jesus more and more.