What Is Up With Leviticus?

Dang, y’all. The hubby and I are reading through the Chronological Version of the Bible this year.  And thank Jesus, we are done with Leviticus. And I thought all of Job’s griping and complaining was annoying. Can I say that out loud? As I was reading through the book of Leviticus I kept asking God what He wanted me to get from this book.  It is full of the law and many of these laws seem awfully difficult to keep.  Like this one, for example:
The priest is to take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot.The priest shall then take some of the log of oil, pour it in the palm of his own left hand,dip his right forefinger into the oil in his palm, and with his finger sprinkle some of it before the Lord seven times. Leviticus 14:14-16
See what I mean? Seriously, y’all.  What if someone put the blood on their left ear or used the thumb of their left hand? In no way do I mean to make fun of the Word of God.  I love the words of my Creator, but I think this is an obvious illustration at just how much we need Jesus. Because when He came to this earth, lived the sinless life He did and then died on the cross, He did away with all of that. It’s clear to me that from Genesis to Revelation there is one underlying theme: We need a Savior because we can’t save ourselves. We will fail and fall short and let people down and even shame the name of Christ.  But there is a Savior and His name is Jesus. Who died for you.  Who died for me. Do you know Him?

11 thoughts on “What Is Up With Leviticus?”

  1. you put your right hand, then you put your right hand out… THEN you put your right hand in, but you shake it all about… 😉

    I had hard times getting through Leviticus, but I REALLY struggled with Numbers. Joseph Prince talked about Numbers in a sermon of his, and he talked of the importance of that book. He had some really great things to say about it

  2. Oh tell me. We are a few days behind you. At first the kids were bored, but as we go on we are liking it because it is so crazy to see what they had to do (and willingly did) to worship God, in comparison to our easy and intimate options now. We’ve got it GOOD. But we still sometimes won’t make the time or sacrifice. Remind me to tell you a question I got yesterday. Yikes.

  3. Cindy, you can say that out loud because you are the real thing! It’s not like no one else has seen your point. Well said young lady!

  4. actually i just went through leviticus with my mom’s bible study group, and everyone was a little scared. However, some of it is really cool if you get into the commentary/deeper study. there’s so many tie-ins to the other books before it and so much symbolism!

    I think more than anything it shows the meticulous creativity, order and holiness of our God. And what a privilege it is to be in his presence. These first few books of the bible have really helped to restore a reverence for God in my heart. I had become too lazy in my thoughts of him. He truly cares about how we reverence him and repentance. I kinda lost sight of the fullness of that along the way.

    however, moving out of leviticus is good too 🙂

    marcy 🙂

  5. Cindy,

    All the laws in Leviticus and they couldn’t make anyone holy. Even if they were all done perfectly, we still fall short.

    I am so thankful to our Lord for His willingness to sacrifice His Son to pay the penalty for my sin, our sin.

    We are new creations! Thank you, LORD

  6. Cindy,

    I, too, am reading through the Chronological Bible this year, and I’ve struggled through Leviticus as well. I just keep thinking . . . . . . I am SO thankful that Jesus was the final, ultimate sacrifice! What if we still had to go through these OT offerings? And isn’t it comforting to know that, whereas the OT priests had to keep on performing the sacrifices, Jesus’ sacrifice was Once For All! Hallelujah!

  7. Love this – I mean seriously, I think that often about rules in the Old Testament. For example, praise Jesus we can eat Bacon 🙂

    Just wanted to say too that I love your blog — my husband and I run a mentoring program for inner-city kids – so mentoring is close to our heart!


    We are going through Hebrews in my small group (2nd go around back to back… hoping for one more round) and while dwelling on Hebrews 4:14-5:10 (the work of Christ is done) I thought up this question: “What makes Jesus our Priest?”.


    So I had to dig in the OT and came upon Leviticus 14 (no joke). This is what stood out to me.

    Leviticus 14:5-7 And the priest shall command them to kill one of the birds in an earthenware vessel over fresh water. He shall take the live bird with the cedarwood and the scarlet yarn and the hyssop, and dip them and the live bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the fresh water.

    Dip the bird in the blood of the bird that gave up its life. Doing so will confirm the removal of a disease prevented others from touching you.

    Sort of like how God took us and used the blood of Christ in order to confirm that all of our sin is washed away and now we get to be with Him forever?

    Hebrews mentions that priest after priest continuously kept standing and kept atoning for his sins and the sins of his flock. Christ, however, being the High Priest, only had to do it just once. Now Christ seats at the right hand of the Father because his work is done and done. If you believe in Christ, 2,000 years ago he already forgave you. Done.

    And Christ was the only one who could pull this off.

    Leviticus 14:13b For the guilt offering, like the sin offering, belongs to the priest; it is most holy.


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