I am fairly confident, as I begin this, I should be able to finish this book in only two posts. So if the title does not say end in it, then I have been corrected.
Catch up on Part 1 of Leviticus here
Bodily Discharge Doesn’t Affect Only Women
Ch. 15, as the title states, covers bodily discharge. What isn’t usually talked about is the fact that this chapter covers both women and MEN! Yes, women are not the only ones who are unclean. Basically, anything that comes out of a human, it’s going to make you unclean. Anything sat on will be unclean. If a person touches someone who is unclean, then he/she is considered unclean as well.
Scapegoat & Atonement
Ch. 16 Follows the death of Aaron’s sons. God tells Moses that Aaron cannot come into the temple at any time he feels like. There are certain conditions that need to be met.
He also tells Moses what Aaron needs to do to make an atonement sin offering for the congregation of people who have sinned. I wrote about this scripture in this post Christ Became Tainted For Us I believe that there is some symbolism between the goat sacrifice and Christ. There are two goats. One is for the Lord, and one will be a scapegoat. While one is offered as a sin offering, the scapegoat is presented alive before the Lord. For God to make atonement on it, and then to have the scapegoat go off into the wilderness. The goat that goes off into the wilderness bears all the inequities (sins) of the people.
Blood Is Life (Importance Of Christ On The Cross)
Ch. 17.– Those who make a burnt offering must bring it to the door of the tabernacle. Those that offer burnt sacrifices but not at the door of the tabernacle or to the Lord will be cut off from the people. They are told not to offer sacrifices to demons. 17:07.
When we covered Genesis, and Cain killed Abel, we read that Abel’s blood cried out to God. That’s because blood represents life. Right here basically explains why there were sacrifices, to begin with, and, most importantly, why Christ had to die for us.
(NLT) Leviticus 17:11, “for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the LORD. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible.
This is also why God did not want any of the people to eat blood, or meat that had blood in it. (17:12-16)
Fun fact: We are only told we can eat every kind of animal AFTER Christ died and resurrected. Peter was the one to receive the vision and struggled with it.
Moral Laws | How To Treat People
Ch. 18. -Do not uncover the nakedness of kin. Do not commit adultery. Do not burn children or family members by fire to the god Molech. Do not profane God’s name. Do not become defiled, when a nation becomes defiled, then the land becomes defiled.
Ch. 19- Peace offerings will be offered on own free will. 19:10 when gleaning the vineyard, not everything will be gleaned. Some will be left for both the poor and stranger. Cursing the deaf or putting a stumbling block on the blind is forbidden. Being partial to the poor is not allowed, nor injustice in judgment.
Do not gossip, and do not take sides against neighbors. Do not hate your brother in your heart. Do not take vengeance or bear grudges.
When trees are planted, the first three years they are considered uncircumcised and cannot be eaten. In the fourth year, they will be considered circumcised and can eat from.
Do not practice in soothsaying (telling fortunes), nor go to mediums, or give regard to familiar spirits. Seeking after them defiles you.
Serve the elderly and respect them. Should a stranger dwell in the land, do not mistreat them.
Do not cheat in trade/money, be honest.
Ch. 20 Consequences following breaking any of the moral laws.
Ch. 21-22 Regulations For Priests
Feasts Of The Lord
Ch. 23, The Sabbath no one is to work.
(23:04-05) First-month 14th day– Lord’s Passover
(23:06-08) First month-15th day– Feast Of Unleavened Bread – seven days eat unleavened bread. First day no work, offer sacrifice. Seventh day no work.
(23:09-14) Feast Of Firstfruits- When they arrive in the Promised Land, they will sacrifice their firstfruits. Burnt Offering, Grain Offering, and Drink-Offering.
(23:15-22) Feast Of Weeks– From the first day of the firstfruit feast, the Sabbath after, seven weeks will be completed. Fifty days after the seventh Sabbath, a new grain offering is offered.
(23:23-25) Seventh Month 1st day– Feast Of Trumpets- Sabbath rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets. No customary work, but offering made by fire to the Lord.
(23:26-32) Seventh Month 10th day- Day Of Atonement– No work, day to make atonement for God. Anyone who works is destroyed.
(23:33-44) Seventh Month 15th day– Feast Of Tabernacles- Lasts seven days. On the first day people will take the fruit of beautiful trees, branches, boughs, and willows and they will rejoice before God.
Seventh Year Rest and Provided Harvest
Ch. 24– A young man curses God, and there are severe consequences for it. Out of this, we have the scriptures an eye for an eye, etc.
Ch. 25 We are told when the children of Israel reach the Promised Land in the seventh year they will not sow or reap anything. They will let the land grow of its own accord. In the seventh year, it will be known as the year of Jubilee. On the Day of Atonement, as stated above, in the seventh year the trumpet will be sounded throughout the land. Counting seven Sabbaths by seven years we get the number 49. The 50th year will also be considered a year of Jubilee.
In the seventh year, the people are told not to worry because God will provide a harvest in the sixth year that will last for the next THREE years for the people. So even when they begin to plant and harvest again in the 8th year, they will still have an abundance of harvest.
Ch. 25:23-34– Covers Redemption of Property
Ch. 25:35-38– Covers Lending to the Poor
Ch. 25:39-55– Covers Slavery. Those who need to become a hired servant to earn money/payback will only be a servant for a number of years, and then it is required that person is free.
God’s Promise To Flourish
Ch. 26:01-13 God tells His people if they abide by Him then He will provide for them. Rain will be in season. The land will yield in full. Peace will be given. People will lie asleep at night, and not be afraid.
Enemies won’t be a worry.
Five men can chase a hundred. A hundred can scare off ten thousand.
God’s Promise To Punish
Ch. 26:13-39 But should the people fall away God will put terror on them. Disease, sorrow of the heart (possibly anxiety/depression), horrible harvests, and being defeated by enemies. People will flee when not being pursued.
Should the people not return to God after this, they will be punished seven times more severely. God will break the pride of power. He will turn the sky and ground against man. Nothing will yield fruit.
Should the people not return after this, they will be punished seven times more in plagues. After all of this, should the people not turn back, God will completely turn His back on them.
He continues to talk about things that He will do to try to turn the people back to Him, and the consequences keep getting more severe.
Ch. 26:40-46 Even through this, He says if they remember and repent of their sins, God will remember them. He will remember the covenant.
Ch. 27– Discusses people being dedicated, and what is required.
Offerings and Laws regarding them-Ch. 1- Ch. 7
Aaron and sons get consecrated– Ch. 7-9
Aaron’s sons give God a profane fire and die. Rules for priest-Ch. 10
List of foods (animals) that can and cannot be eaten -Ch. 11
Ritual of Childbirth- Ch. 12
Leprosy- Ch. 13 & 14
Bodily Discharges-Ch. 15
Atonement and symbolism of Christ- Ch. 16
Importance of blood. What it means, and why the people can’t eat of it-Ch. 17
Morals and Laws tied to them- Ch. 18 – 20
Regulations For Priest- Ch. 21-22
Feasts Of The Lord- Ch. 23
Man curses God, and consequences- Ch. 24
Seventh Year of Jubilee, and guidelines for property, the poor, and servants– Ch. 25
God’s Promise should people remain faithful or if they stray-Ch. 26
People Being Dedicated and guidelines- Ch. 27
Key Points Of Leviticus
-Christ has become the only sacrifice we will ever need
-He has bore all of our sins, and atoned for us.
-God will go to great lengths to make us come back to Him
-Despite what we have done, He will forgive us if we return to Him.
-He wants us to prosper
Next week we will begin the fourth book of the Bible, Numbers.
See you then!
What did you think about Leviticus?
~T. R. Noble