In the book of Leviticus, God provided specific directions for the kind of worship that would be pleasing to him. These instructions teach us about the nature of God and can help us develop a right attitude toward worship. Through the offerings we learn of the seriousness of sin and the importance of bringing our sins to God for forgiveness.
God gave clear standards for living a holy life to the Israelites. They were to be separate and distinct from the pagan nations around them. In the same way, all believers should be separated from sin and dedicated to God. God still wants to remove sin from the lives of his people.
In Leviticus, sacrifices, priests, and the sacred Day of Atonement opened the way for for the Israelites to come to God. God’s people were able to worship him with their lives. Thus we read of purity laws and rules for daily living concerning family responsibilities, sexual conduct, relationships, worldliness, and vows. These instructions involve one’s holy walk with God, and the patterns of spiritual living still apply today. Worship, therefore, has a horizontal aspect – that is, God is honored by our lives as we relate to others.
The final emphasis in Leviticus is celebration. The book gives instruction for the feasts. These were special, regular, and corporate occasions for remembering what God had done, giving thanks to him, and rededicating lives to his service. Our Christian traditions and holiday are different, but they are necessary ingredients of worship. We too need special days of worship and celebration with our brothers and sisters to remember God’s goodness in our lives.
As you read Leviticus, rededicate yourself to holiness, worshiping God in private confession, public service, and group celebration.
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Leviticus is a handbook for the priests and Levites outlining their duties in worship, and a guidebook of holy living for the Hebrews.
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