This week we start the book of Leviticus!
The second half of Exodus continues to reveal more about the corruption of the human heart and the sinful nature of humanity. The Israelites are chosen and delivered by God, but they continue to act just as obstinate as Pharaoh. Everything that happens between the deliverance from Egypt and the base of Mount Sinai points forward to the first great rebellion of Israel, the manufacturing and worship of the golden calf (Exodus 32).
God's presence is on the mountain overlooking Israel, yet they break the covenant they just committed to! Moses intercedes on the people's behalf, and this interaction reveals a great deal about God's character. "The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in covenant faithfulness. He forgives sin, but will not let the wicked go unpunished" (Exodus 34:6-7).
This week we will witness the building of Israel's sacred tent, the tabernacle, which will bring us to the close of Exodus. But this tent creates a whole new set of problems, which is what the book of Leviticus and our videos on sacrifice, atonement, and holiness are all about.
This week we will start the book of Leviticus. It's a beautifully designed book that is fundamental to understanding God's relationship with his people. However, this book is sadly misunderstood because of its cultural distance from most modern readers. One helpful way to grasp the meaning of Leviticus is to look at the fascinating symmetrical design that explores three primary ways in which the corrupt Israelites can live near their God without fear.
This week's reading will focus on the first half of Leviticus, which explores how Israel is to practice ritual sacrifice, the priesthood, and ritual purity. You'll conclude this week with a crucial annual feast, the Day of Atonement, which we'll share more about next week.
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