As I was reading through the beginning of this week I had to take a step back and ponder just how much it actually took to build the Tabernacle! The unity of everyone involved, making sure that it was built just as Moses had directed from God – how awesome is that! Can you visualize it?
It’s hard sometimes for me to take something that detailed and large and form a picture in my head, even though we have excellent details so that we can come up with a picture! I looked else where online for pictures and found this entire study of the Tabernacle by Wayne Blank. You can read his notes/study here: Exodus 35-38 & Exodus 39-40 +.
Picture and further information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabernacle
There is awesome art by Pat Marvenko Smith listed here at the One Year Bible Blog! The artwork is for Exodus 40:38
“So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel during all their travels.”
Now we begin our venture through Leviticus!
Honestly, I am worried about getting through this book of the Bible.
Is there anyone else out there that feels this way? Wondering if they’re able to actually finish this book. We need to remember… there is a reason for this book of the Bible, just as every other book of the Bible!
I received an email regarding this article through Bible.org By: Bob Deffinbaugh , Th.M., Learn to Love Leviticus. Take the time to check it, especially if you’re having problems getting through the book of Leviticus.
The email is great as well:
Learning to Love Leviticus!
This upcoming month of readings is what I call mission-critical! We’re about to begin our journey through the book of Leviticus. And as this is my 5th time leading a crew of people through the One Year Bible, I know that Leviticus is the book where I lose many people who started out so strong over the past 6 weeks. I want to let you know this in advance, so that if you feel like maybe not reading your Bible for even just one day this upcoming month, don’t do it! You may find Leviticus “boring” on occasion, but there truly is a lot of depth to it. And if you stop reading the One Year Bible during Leviticus, you’ll miss out on so much more of the Bible coming up later this year – including Saul, David, Solomon, the prophets – and the list goes on.
My main goal in this email is to encourage you in Learning to Love Leviticus! J If you do nothing else with this email, please take ten minutes or so to review the amazing reflection at the link below on the book of Leviticus by Bob Deffinbaugh over at Bible.org. The article at this link below titled “Learning to Love Leviticus” will bless you immensely before we embark on our study of Leviticus this week –
An excerpt from Bob at this link above – “Up to this point in time the Book of Leviticus has been the “liver and onions” book of the Bible to me. That is, I know that it must be good for me, but I just don’t seem to have a taste for the stuff. To others, the Book of Leviticus is something like camping . . . they tried it once and that was enough to last them a lifetime. Having briefly looked at the Book of Leviticus, let us get down to the issue of “taste” which must be settled before we will ever benefit from this portion of God’s word. The first thing we must seek to do is to identify the reasons why we tend to dislike and thus to avoid this book.”
Date: 1420 or 1220 B.C.
Content: The book of Leviticus was designed to be a handbook for the priests or Levites, hence the name Leviticus. It sets down the regulations that were to govern the life of Israel in general and specifically to give regulations concerning sacrifice and worship. All of the major sacrifices are described, as well as the way they were to be offered. All of the major festivals and holidays are discussed. There are also special sections devoted to the priesthood and regulations concerning ceremonial matters.
Theme: The central theme of this book is that God has provided a way for atonement to be made by the offering of sacrificial blood. This whole system found its fulfillment in the shedding of Christ’s blood as the one great sacrifice for the sins of the world. Leviticus also shows that worship is to be orderly and is to follow a regular pattern. (Above commentary is from Tyndale Publishers “The One Year Bible Companion” page 2) More commentary on Leviticus is at this link: http://bible.org/page.asp?page_id=882
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Life Application Study Bible, NIV notes:
1:1 The Tent of Meeting was the smaller structure inside the larger tabernacle. The Tent of Meeting contained the sancutuary in one part and the Most Holy Place with the ark in another part. These two sections were separted by a curtain. God revealed Himself to Moses in the Most Holy Place. Exodus 33:7 mentions a “tent of meeting” where Moses met God before the tabernacle was constructed. Many believe it served the same function as the one described here.
1:2 When God taught His people to worship Him, He placed great emphasis on sacrifices. Why? Sacrifices were God’s Old Testament way for people to ask forgiveness for their sins. Since creation, God has made it clear that sin separates people from Him, and that those who sin deserve to die. … This changed once God came in human form to die for our sins. We now have to acknowledge & turn away from our sin, believe in Jesus; acknowledging His sacrifice for us, and accepting the forgiveness Jesus offers.
Old Testament Sacrifices
|Listed here are the five key offerings the Israelites made to God. They made these offerings in order to have their sins forgiven and to restore their fellowship with God. The death of Jesus Christ made these sacrifices unnecessary. Because of His death, our sins were completely forgiven, and fellowship with God has been restored.
||Lev 1; 6:8-13; 8:18-21; 16:24
||Bull, ram, or male bird (dove or young pigeon for the poor); wholly consumed; no defect
||Voluntary act of worship. To make payment for sins in general.
||Showed a person’s devotion, commitment and complete surrender to God.
||Lev 2; 6:14-23
||Grain, fine flour, olive oil, incense, baked break (cakes or wafers), salt; no yeast or honey; accompanied burnt offering and fellowship offering (along with drink offering)
||Voluntary act of worship. To show honor and respect to God; recognition of God’s goodness and provisions.
||Acknowledged that all we have belongs to God; shows our devotion to God.
||Lev 3; 7:11-34
||Any animal without defect from herd or flock; variety of breeds
||Voluntary act of worship; to express thanksgiving and gratitude to God; (included a communal meal)
||Symbolized peace and fellowship with God
||Lev 4:1-5:13; 6:24-30; 8:14-17; 16:3-22
||1. Young bull: for high priest and congregation2. Male goat: for leader3. Female goat or lamb: for common person4. Dove or pigeon: for the poor5. Tenth of an ephah of fine flour: for the very poor
||Mandatory atonement for specific unintentional sin; confession of sin; forgiveness of sin; cleansing from defilement
||Restored the sinner to fellowship with God; showed seriousness of sin
||Lev 5:14-6:7; 7:1-6
||Ram or lamb
||Mandatory atonement for unintentional sin requiring restitution; cleansing from defilement; A sacrifice was made to God, and the injured person was repaid or compensated
||Provided compensation for injured parties
– From the Life Application Study Bible NIV & NIV Study Bible combined information.
Examine the specific details God gives in Lev 1:3-13 regarding the burnt offerings.
1:3-13 Why are there such detailed regulations for each offering? God had a purpose in giving these commands. Starting from scratch, He was teaching his people a hole new way of life, cleansing themf rom the many pagan practices they had leanred in Egypt, and restoring the true worship of Himself. The strict details kept Israel from slipping back into their old lifestyle. In addition, each law paints a graphic picture of the seriousness of sin and of God’s great mercy in forgiving sinners.
1:13 The “aroma pleasing to the LORD” is a way of saying that God accepted the sacrifice because of the people’s attitude.
Have you checked your attitude lately? When you come to the Father – how are you feeling, are you coming in complete trust and faith?
Memorial portion is mentioned in Lev 2:2, 9, 16; 5:12; 6:15… what exactly is the meaning behind it?
” ‘If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible.
This verse speaks to me – and it should to you as well. Has there ever been anything on heart that you knew about, but didn’t speak up about? What is it that God wants you tell others?
5:4 Have you ever sworn to do or not do something and then realized how foolish yoru promise was? God’s people are called to keep their word, even if they make promises that are tough to keep. Jesus was warning against swearing (in the sense of making vows or oaths) when he said, “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ be ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (Matthew 5:37). Our word should be enough. If we feel we have to strengthen it with an oath, something is wrong with our sincerity. The only promises we ought not to keep are promises that lead to sin. A wise and self-controlled person avoids making rash promises.
5:5 The entire system of sacrifices could not help a sinner unless he brought his offering with an attitude of repentance and a willingness to confess sin. Today, becuase of Christ’s death on the cross, we do not have to sacrifice animals. But it is still vital to confess ins, because genuine confession shows realization of sin, awareness of God’s holiness, humility before God, and willingness to turn from this sin (Psalm 51:16,17). Even Jesus’ death will be of little value to us if we do not repent and follow him. It is like a vaccine for a dangerous disease – it won’t help unless it enters the bloodstream.
7:31-36 The wave offering – The part of the offering the priests waved was thiers to keep.
So Aaron and his sons did everything the LORD commanded through Moses.
Aaron and his sonds did “everything the LORD commanded.” Considering the many detalied lists of Leviticus, that was a remarkable feat. They knew what God wanted, how He wanted it done, and what attitude it was to be carried out. This can serve as a model for how carefully we ought to obey God. God wants us to be thoroughly holy people, not a rough approximation of they way his followers should be.
11:8 … God wants us to separate ourselves completely from all sin and tempting situations.
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