I wanted to read through the Old Testament. Although I was familiar with the stories taught in church, I had never dug deep into books other than Psalms or Proverbs. I wanted to better understand the Bible as a whole and although I was familiar with the New Testament, the full picture would never be clear without the first half.
As I began my journey, my soul thrived. The word of God is way cooler than I ever imagined it. The way the individual stories weave into the grand story ignited a passion in my heart for God’s word. I wanted more. I craved it.
“When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight…” Jeremiah 15:16[a] NLT
So, I continued through Exodus, skipped right over Leviticus, and hopped into Numbers. Who wants to read a book full of ancient laws anyways?
By the time I finished Deuteronomy, I felt convicted to go back. Leviticus has to be important or God wouldn’t have placed it in His precious book. There have to be truths inside that are applicable today. I was absolutely determined to dig and find the treasures God placed there.
“The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 TLB
One chapter in and I was beginning to love Leviticus. I understood why this book felt foreign to most, but the more I prayed for God to reveal His truths, the more I found them tucked away behind the words on the page.
Leviticus is not just a book about laws and regulations. It’s not a list of demanding restrictions God placed on His people. It’s an invitation to freedom. It’s an invitation to friendship. It’s an invitation to fulfillment.
“My son, be attentive to my words…For they are life to those who find them…” Proverbs 4:20[a], 22[a] ESV
I learned to love Leviticus and I think you will too. Come walk hand in hand with me as we discover new truths and reaffirm old ones.
Jesus summed up the law in two things, love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-40). It’s through that lens that we can read this book with fresh eyes.
Are you up for the challenge?
More about this series…
Over the next couple months we will go through the book of Leviticus. I will post the suggested reading at the top of each post. And then, together, we will dive deeper into the truths behind the text.
If you would like to get a jump start, feel free to read Chapters 1 and 6:8-13. This section of the book describes the rituals for the burnt sacrifices.
I encourage you to pray throughout your reading time and ask God to give you insight and understanding.
Many times this text will feel foreign , but I promise by the end of this study you will leave with lasting truths that connect to your every day life.