Leviticus-the Holiness of God
Text for Today's Study: Book of Leviticus
Narrative: This book was given to us to emphasize the holiness of God.
Time: (also see time line in the classroom): about 1400 B. C.
The Bible Story (Leviticus):
I. The various offerings of the Levites of Israel.
A. The burnt offering--Leviticus 1
B. The meal offering--chapter 2
C. The peace offering--chapter 3.
D. The sin offering, chapter 4. Also see Isaiah 53 for the prophecy of how Jesus would become the sin offering of the world.
E. Is sin serious? Serious enough for God to die over.
II. Offerings for thoughtless or ignorant sins. Man has always been accountable for sin, whether he was a student of the Bible or not. Some misconstrue Acts 17: 30 to mean that that God winked at sin in the Old Testament times. Romans 2: 11-16 says He did not--He just judged it differently. Restitutive offerings for deceitful sin--Leviticus 6.
True repentance many times involves restitution--not just saying "I'm sorry."
III. The importance of true worship. Nadab and Abihu, Leviticus 10. How casual should we be about worship today? What does it really mean to worship?
IV. Blood, sexual morality, social order.
A. These are basic to our understanding of right and wrong.
B. Laws about blood (17: 10-16)
C. Laws about sexual morality (Leviticus 18)
D. Laws about social order (Leviticus 19).
E. Laws forbidding idolatry. (Leviticus 20).
F. Rules for priests (Leviticus 21-24:9).
G. A blasphemer stoned (Leviticus 24: 10-23).
H. Sabbatical years, Jubilee (chapter 25).
I. Rewards for obedience, punishments for disobedience (chapters 26 & 27).
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