Lovin’ Leviticus

LeviticusI’m serious.  I found a way to love Leviticus.

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.

4 thoughts on “Lovin’ Leviticus

  1. Oh boy! Am I ready for Leviticus? I just made it through Genesis as of yesterday and it sounds like this is going to be a bumpy ride. But I can’t wait!

  2. I read through Leviticus early in 2012.
    I am often pretty quick to forgive myself of sin and think too lightly of it. Leviticus reminds me of the seriousness of sin. I loved reading your comments. How great that Jesus died for us, putting an end to the need for further blood sacrifices.

  3. I love the way you put this Dinah, I didn’t feel the same while reading it but now see a different perspective of it all, Tennille it was a hard read for me but I am thankful that we don’t have to do these things to be forgiven any longer, I didn’t even know these actions were in the bible, so I feel for me anyway that it was worth it.

  4. When I first really read Leviticus, I was struck by the number of rules and seemingly difficult regulations that people were expected to follow. It was all I could do to just READ through everything. And I wondered how many people in that time actually followed through on all of it……and, would I have been one of them?? It took so much time in each day to follow everything to the letter. How could we ever do it today? But in God’s infinite wisdom, he created a less cumbersome path for us to reach Him. It seems to be an easier way, but in truth, following Jesus in today’s world is not always easy. He is readily accessible, but we are so easily distracted (I know I am). I am so thankful he is always at my side, just waiting for me. Leviticus surely makes me appreciate the sacrifice of Jesus, and it calls me to be more attentive to His presence and to have a consistently grateful heart.

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