Leviticus Summary (ASB Excerpt)

Leviticus Summary (ASB Excerpt)

Applying the teaching of Leviticus to our lives may seem difficult because we no longer live according to the Old Testament law. On the other hand, some may use the practice of animal sacrifice in Leviticus as a reason for continuing animal sacrifices from African traditional religions. However, this is a misunderstanding of what Leviticus teaches us because those Old Testament sacrifices were just a shadow, not the real thing. The reality is Christ (see Hebrews 10:1-18). We now depend on his sacrifice, not on animal sacrifices. We can learn from Leviticus that—

•  God is holy. “Holy” means “set apart” or “different.” God is separate, different and distinct from us (Leviticus 11:44-45).

•  God expects his people to be holy (Leviticus 11:44-45). Being holy implies moral purity. When God says we are to be holy, he means that we are to be set apart. We should be different from the people around us. We should live in such a way that we show to others God’s love, grace, faithfulness, and mercy. Holiness does not come from obeying the rules in Leviticus. Instead, the way we live expresses our special relationship with God.

•  God desires to live among his people. To do so, he expects us to be obedient to him and worship him. Leviticus 26:1-2 explains what God expected of the Israelites. Leviticus 26:3-10 explains the blessings that God will pour out on them. The best part is the relationship between God and his people as described in Leviticus 26:11-12. God repeatedly says he wants to live among his people.

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