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Leviticus Shows Us Different Aspects of God

November 25th, 2016

I like getting to know God better. I learn about new things about Him almost every day. Weekly, at least.

If someone says they’re growing closer to God, but they’re spending no time in His Word… they’re either lying or ignorant. God is known through His Word.

That’s partly why we’re studying this weird book of Leviticus! Here’s a review of the things I’ve learned in studying this:

God has a high view of holiness. Every ritual and sacrifice of Leviticus is intense! And it’s all meant to paint a picture of God’s holiness.

God expects intentional involvement in worship. We talked about this on Wednesday, remember? How “into it” are you in OUR form of worship? How about getting “into it” today? (singing, listening, etc.)

A HIGH price is paid for sin—blood. In their day, it was an animal. Now, we look back at Jesus Christ’s blood. Jesus died for YOU. For your sin. That’s a heavy price.

We sacrifice as our way to show gratitude. I love seeing you door-knocking on Saturdays. Or giving offerings. Or serving on work-days. Or treating others kindly. Or singing in choir. ANY sacrifice we give to God is because we’re thankful He has taken our sin away.

Sometimes, we need to slow down and think. The sacrifices were pretty somber times, probably. Slaughtering animals is an intense process. As they laid their hands on the head of the animal, and then slit his throat with a knife… wow! That would make you reflect. That’s the point.

Christianity is NOT a list of rules. Although Leviticus SEEMS like a list of rules and rites, it’s not. The self-righteous Jews who followed all the rules were refused by God. (Psalm 51:16-17; 1 Sam. 15:22; Hosea 6:6)

Christianity IS a belief of the heart. The Bible has NEVER been about the rules. It has always been about the heart. The only way their sacrifices became a “sweet savour” to God was when their sacrifices were given with the right heart. So, too, with us. Salvation is a matter of the heart, and our Christian habits are, too.

– Bro. Ryan

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