It’s a habit, and I think it’s a good one. I read the Bible through each year from Genesis to Revelation. However, I must admit, there are some books I read more quickly than others. One of those “faster-paced reads” is the Book of Leviticus. While reading, in the back of my mind, I sometimes ask, “How does this relate to me…and to God’s people today?” First, we must remember that all of God’s Word is inspired by Him and is profitable for all believers. In Leviticus (part of “The Law”), God gave instructions to the spiritual leaders (priests) of Israel—primarily regarding worship at the temple and sacrifices. God graciously gave the Israelites the Law after He delivered them from Egypt. They needed to know how to live and what to do in order to live in relationship with Him. As believers in Jesus Christ, we understand the Law of God was fulfilled in Jesus. So, we don’t read Leviticus with the intention of participation in the sacrifices and rituals. However, the believer today gains much by reading and studying the Law. The Apostle Paul said the purpose of the Law is “to lead us to Christ” (Galatians 3:24). Because of what Jesus accomplished for us by His death and resurrection, we don’t need to follow the details of the Law. However, we can gain insight into the heart of God if we are perceptive. While reading Leviticus this past week, I read these words: “I am the Lord your God, who has set you apart from the nations…. You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own” (Leviticus 20:24b, 26). These words from God are divine principles not just for Israel back then but also for those who follow Jesus now. Just as Israel, as a nation, was called to be different from the nations of the world, so we have been called from a life of sin to belong to Christ. Peter tell us, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). We have been called from to be called to! The Lord calls us out of the world (the way of life that does not acknowledge Him), in order to be His treasure and inheritance. All of God’s Word speaks to us…even the Book of Leviticus!
Pastor Mark Boucher