Let’s admit it, the book of Leviticus doesn’t excite us as much as Genesis and Exodus.
One of the benefits of following a Bible reading plan is that it forces you to read parts of Scripture you won’t usually prefer to read. We learn to read the Bible with the same conviction as that of the apostle Paul, “All Scripture is breathed out by God (the very words of God!) and profitable…”
When he says “all” that includes Leviticus! But when you attempt to read its first few chapters, you might start scratching your head and ask, “What’s this? Is it worth reading? Should I continue? Why do I need to read this? Does it have any relevance to my life today?”
Leviticus is God’s Word to us, not necessarily God’s commands to us in the same way as to Israel then. So, it is also profitable. We miss a lot of what God wants to say to us if we will neglect this part of his Word.
Honestly, I’m beginning to love the Old Testament and that includes Leviticus. I hope and pray that as you read and reflect on Leviticus, you will begin to feel what the psalmist feels about it, “I find my delight in your commandments, which I love…I delight in your law…Oh! How I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:47, 70, 97).
Can you say this, “I love Leviticus!”?
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