Category Archives: Leviticus

Made holy (Leviticus 20-22)

Yes, it’s been a while since I blogged here. I’ve been working on a message for next Sunday. And I’ve been meditating a lot on Leviticus 18-19 and the laws there. I won’t get into it here, but I think … Continue reading

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A God who understands (Leviticus 13)

Last Sunday, one of our preachers was giving a message on Mark 1:40-42, in which Jesus healed a leper. And since I was going through Leviticus anyway, I decided to look again at the passages on the lepers. And in … Continue reading

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Atonement (Leviticus 16)

Some things strike me here as I read this passage. First, the Holy Place, the tabernacle, and the altar were considered stained by the sin of the people. Some people wonder why God can’t just allow anyone into heaven. The … Continue reading

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Pictures of sin (Leviticus 11-15)

This is one of those passages that make a lot of people go, “Huh?” To be honest, probably most of the Israelites themselves said, “Huh?” when they heard these commands. Looking at these commands, they can seem so anal. Why … Continue reading

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How we regard God (Leviticus 9-10)

Yes, I know I’m going backward. Actually this year, I’m reading through each book of the Bible at least twice, using two different translations. I’ve been thinking about leadership in the church, and how we are to be held to … Continue reading

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“I am Yahweh” (Leviticus)

I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. I am the LORD (Yahweh) your God… (Leviticus 26:12-13) I wrote about this a couple of days ago, but as I read Leviticus 22-27 again, … Continue reading

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How we see sin (Leviticus 20)

It strikes me here how God sees sin. It is perverse. (12) It is detestable. (13) It is depraved. (14) It is a disgrace. (17) It is impure. (21) Do we see sin, the same way God does? Or do … Continue reading

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Contemplating God (Leviticus 18-19)

As I read these passages, the same words are repeated again and again: “I am the LORD (Yahweh) your God.” “Worship me alone. I am Yahweh your God.” (19:4) “Set aside time for me. I am Yahweh your God.” (19:3) “Honor … Continue reading

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Leviticus 27 — I changed my mind

Well, this is the last chapter of Leviticus, and it was not nearly as painful as I thought it would be.  There were actually a number of things that were quite interesting.  It gives me some hope for the rest … Continue reading

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Leviticus 26:14-46 — Rebellion, discipline, and grace

Many times, when people think of God, they think of him as someone that’s ready to zap them as soon as they do something wrong.  I suppose passages like this don’t do much to take away that image.  But I … Continue reading

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Leviticus 26:1-13 — God’s desire for us

“What does God want from us?” That’s a question that many people ask.  And as they look at this passage, they seem to find that answer.  God wants our obedience.  And so they put their focus on the laws of … Continue reading

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Leviticus 25 — Freedom

In the United States, in Philadelphia, there is a bell.  And on it is written these words:  “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”  This of course is the Liberty Bell.  But to be honest, I … Continue reading

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Leviticus 24:10-23 — An attitude that leads to death

This is a somewhat shocking story, but one that I think teaches an important point. There was a man who was the son of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father.  Not much is told of the father other than … Continue reading

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Leviticus 23 — Remembering God and what he’s done

I think I have a pretty good memory, but as time goes on, some events do tend to go foggy on me.  My wife tends to remember things in our relationship that I’ve forgotten or don’t really remember so clearly.  … Continue reading

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Leviticus 21-22 — Clean and without defect

There are a lot of rules here for the priests, and essentially it came down to two things.  As priests serving before God, they were to be clean and without defect. As such, the regular priests were not to touch … Continue reading

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Leviticus 20 — Not just a game

Every New Year’s Day in Japan, many people go to the Japanese shrines, and get what is called omikuji.  Basically, people give a small offering, about 5 yen (5 cents or so), and get a piece of paper which tells … Continue reading

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Leviticus 19 — When you’ve been hurt

One usually doesn’t think of Leviticus as a place to look for how to deal with the people in our lives.  But chapter 19 does just that. The main thing it teaches is to respect the people around you.  God … Continue reading

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Leviticus 18 — Called to be different

I have a Japanese friend who lives in Kobe, and he told me once about his coworkers approaching him about a trip to Thailand.  Basically, they were going there to hook up with prostitutes, and they were trying to convince … Continue reading

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Leviticus 17 — The meaning of the blood

In Japan, most people know their blood types.  A common question that people ask each other is, “What’s your blood type?”  For years, people would ask me, “What’s your blood type,” and I would say, “I don’t know.”  And they … Continue reading

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Leviticus 16 — Atonement

Once a year, the Israelites had a day of atonement.  Basically, this was a day that people would confess their sins before God and in a graphic way, God showed the people how true atonement would one day come. Some … Continue reading

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Leviticus 11-15 — Clean and unclean

Speeding right along.  Fifteen chapters in four days.  That’s a record for this blog.  This section goes into great detail about something that was very important to the Israelites:  the concept of clean and unclean. The key verse to this … Continue reading

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Leviticus 10 — Regarding God as Holy

Today, we’ll be moving on to Leviticus 10.  Chapters 6-7 gave more instructions on the sacrifices to be offered.  Chapters 8-9 were basically the ordination ceremony of the priests, the significance of which I’ve already covered in one of the … Continue reading

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Leviticus 4-6 — Five points about sin

There are some interesting things in this passage concerning the sin offerings, and some interesting lessons we can learn about sin as well. Depending on who committed the sin, different offerings were to be made.  For the priest, a bull.  … Continue reading

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Leviticus 1-3 — Drawing near

And so we start Leviticus.  I can’t say I’ve looked forward to this book.  As in parts of Exodus, it goes over the laws, rules, and regulations, in exquisite detail, which can be a bit dry to read at times.  … Continue reading

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