I know what you’re thinking… “Why Leviticus?” If you’re like most people, you’ve probably started a year long Bible reading plan at least once and gotten as far as Exodus 19. That’s when you get to the “Law” part of the Old Testament. It’s weird, boring, and hard to read. Why in the world would all these “laws” be in our Bible? Are we supposed to follow some of them, all of them, none of them? These are just some of the questions we’re going to address during this Leviticus sermon series.
First, you have to understand that these laws were actually part of something bigger. They were part of the covenant God made with the Israelites at Mt. Sinai in Exodus 19-40. The instructions for this covenant are also the foundation for the book of Leviticus. The instructions God gave Moses were about living with God and others in a covenant relationship. Think of covenant as a mix between a contract and a marriage. It’s like a contract because there are obligations that both parties must follow as part of the arrangement. It’s also like a marriage because the covenant also created a relationship and bond between God and the Israelites.
Second, Leviticus contains a lot of instructions and rules that just don’t apply to us any more. At least, they don’t apply to us in the same way they applied to the Israelites. However, these instructions do point out to us that being in relationship with God requires something from us. I’ll be preaching about how over the next several weeks.
Finally, the book of Leviticus may seem strange, foreign, and boring. It’s hard to read, but don’t forget that the rest of the Bible praises God’s instructions. Just look at Psalm 1:1-2; 19:7; 119:72. The Psalmist praises the instruction of God. Obviously, there’s something important there. Even Jesus said that the Law has eternal significance (Matt. 5:17-20). Our task over the coming weeks is to find out why Leviticus is still so important for believers.
The sermon series is called “Leviticus: Living in Covenant”. We’re going to be following this outline.
Week 1: Introduction and Overview of Leviticus
Week 2: Sacrifice Explained (Lev 1-7; 23-27)
Week 3: The Priesthood (Lev 8-10; 21-22)
Week 4: Purity and God’s Holiness (Lev 11-15; 18-20)
Week 5: The Day of Atonement (Lev 16-17)
Pastor Eric Reeves