And now for something exciting…

Perhaps you’ll want to complain about misleading advertising, but I figured if I put the word “Leviticus” in the title you might not click on the link. Referred to in my circles as “the bible study killer,” Leviticus is a book that we often avoid—unless we’re finding it hard to get to sleep one night. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Trust me. Because that’s what we’re studying over the next week or so.

Now I’m not quite as confident as Rob Bell. (Disclaimer: mentioning Rob Bell in a post in no way suggests I endorse any theological positions he may hold.) Back before he was famous, he planted a church in Michigan, in 1999. And for the first year of his church plant – which had the specific mission of reaching people who had never been to church before – he preached from the book of Leviticus. For the whole year. Why?

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Leviticus – part three

This week we’re going through the various sacrifices prescribed in Leviticus 1-10, and seeing how they were fulfilled in Christ. Monday was an overview, which you might like to look at first.

The Grain Offering

As well as the burnt offering, the Israelites were instructed to bring grain offerings. These were offerings from their crops – the best of their harvest. They were brought an acknowledgement that everything they had came from God. Everything they possessed was ultimately owned by God. And so they offered some of it – the best of it – back to God. Here are some of the instructions, from chapter 2:

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Leviticus – part four

This week we’re going through the various sacrifices prescribed in Leviticus 1-10, and seeing how they were fulfilled in Christ. Monday was an overview, which you might like to look at first.

The Purification Offering

The third offering we’re looking at is the purification offering. This is different from the burnt offering. The burnt offering focused on turning away God’s anger at our sin in general. The purification offering dealt with the uncleanness that resulted from our sin. Not just in general, but specific sins. Leviticus 5 lists a few such sins for which purification offerings must be made:

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Leviticus – part five

This week we’re going through the various sacrifices prescribed in Leviticus 1-10, and seeing how they were fulfilled in Christ. Monday was an overview, which you might like to look at first.

The Fellowship Offering

The final offering we’re looking at from Leviticus 1-10 is different, because it’s a purely voluntary one: a ‘peace’ or ‘fellowship’ offering. It was brought to God for a variety of reasons: thanking God for something specific; celebrating God’s goodness; the fulfilment of a vow; or even for no reason other than that he’s our God. It’s like surprising your wife by bringing her flowers ‘just because’. Rather than the usual reason, that of turning away anger…

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