This study in Leviticus is the third part of a lengthier study in the Torah (first five books of the first Testament) and takes a look at the history and culture of the Law and sacrificial system established by Yahweh for the people of Israel. This study is ? hours long (recorded in 2017). This is worth 1 Bible CEUs.

I will be re-teaching and re-recording this class in the November of 2017 with updated information.

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The book of Leviticus begins with the conjunction “and” meaning that this book was a continuation of the narrative of Exodus. Leviticus records the events and the laws given while Israel was camped at the base of Mount Sinai. Most of the book is legal in nature, which prepares the reader to understand the narrative sections not only in Leviticus but also in Numbers and the rest of the Bible.

Leviticus reveals how a sinful Israel could have and maintain a relationship with the holy Yahweh who dwelt among them and express that relationship through worship. How Israel is to worship Yahweh is the sole focus of the book. Worship is not just in music and praise but in how one presents himself in obedience and righteousness before Yahweh. In 1 Sam. 15:2-23 Saul’s excuse for disobeying Yahweh by keeping some of the livestock alive, despite Yahweh’s command to destroy them, was so that he could worship Him by offering them as sacrifices. Samuel makes it clear, however, that obedience must precede worship.

The Bible defines sacrifice and obedience as worship (Jn. 15:10; Rom. 12:1; Heb. 13:15; 1 Pet. 4:17; 1 Jn. 3:24; 5:3). Romans 12:1 clearly states that presenting our bodies and our lives in obedience to Yahweh is our greatest act of worship. If Yahweh is righteous and holy and we are commanded to reflect Him in this, then the greatest way to glorify and worship Him is through our obedience and righteous acts. Leviticus details how one is to live an obedient life and thus enter the presence of Yahweh in order to worship Him.