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Leviticus Part 4

Leviticus Summary

Leviticus Summary

In this summary study, we'll take a look at Leviticus as a whole, and try to understand some of the broad principles and lessons from this book. 

Making and Keeping Vows (Lev 27:1-34)

Making and Keeping Vows (Lev 27:1-34)

We've come to the end of Leviticus, and this is a passage detailing laws about vows. Why does Leviticus end like this? In fact, we would expect it to end with Lev 26 which is about the blessings and consequences of obeying and disobeying God's word respectively. Let's let this question stay at the back of our minds as we proceed to look at the text in greater detail. 

Blessings and Curses (Lev 26:1-46)

Blessings and Curses (Lev 26:1-46)

Have you ever felt that God was distant? Are you feeling spiritually dry? Tucked within Leviticus 26 are some truths about God's heart for His people that might be surprising for us! 

Redemption Laws (Lev 25:23-55)

Redemption Laws (Lev 25:23-55)

To understand Lev 25:23-55, we need to know what the Year of Jubilee is, which was covered in the previous study. The Year of Jubilee is essentially a massive socio-economic, religious practice. Today, we'll see further implications for their land and how they are to treat each other. 

Sabbath Year & Year of Jubilee (Lev 25:1-22)

Sabbath Year & Year of Jubilee (Lev 25:1-22)

In these verses in Leviticus, we learn of a special Year -- Sabbath Year and Year of Jubilee -- that the people were to observe. Rest, restoration and redemption were very much built into the lives of the people of God, and not only for themselves, but also for the land that they lived in. Through it all, the command for rest was to teach them to obey and trust in God's provisions.

Case Study: The Blasphemer (Lev 24:10-23)

Case Study: The Blasphemer (Lev 24:10-23)

These verses in Lev 24:10-33 differ from the rest of the book thus far, as it suddenly switches into a narrative. Let's take a closer look at how it differs, and why it's important.

Day of Atonement (Lev 23:26-32)

Day of Atonement (Lev 23:26-32)

Our study on the Feasts in Lev 23 takes us to the Day of Atonement this week. Lev 16 also mentions the Day of Atonement, but there, it focused on the work of the priests on behalf of the people. Then, God gave instructions to His priests to observe this Day. In Lev 23, this focuses on God speaking to His people as He details how they are to celebrate this Day of Atonement.

Remembering Passover (Lev 23:4-8)

Remembering Passover (Lev 23:4-8)

For us as Singaporeans, National Day marks the most nationalistic event in our calendar.The nation of Israel also celebrated their national day in the form of the Passover, and today we will understand why they are celebrating, and why another nation’s “national day” even matters to us.

Feast of Booths (Lev 23:33-44)

Feast of Booths (Lev 23:33-44)

Every nation has a national narrative. For us in Singapore, the annual National Day Parade is a special time set aside to tell our story, and to shape our identity. Each segment of the Parade is designed to remind us of where we came from, what we enjoy now, and to project our hopes for the future. In some sense, then, the feasts were given by God to teach the people of God and reinforce something about their identity too.

Feast of Weeks & Feast of Trumpets (Lev 23:15-25)

Feast of Weeks & Feast of Trumpets (Lev 23:15-25)

 

As we continue to make our way through this section on the Feasts, we may get easily thrown off by events that don't seem to have much bearing on our lives today. But as we read through these verses, it would be helpful for us to remember 2 Tim 3:16, that this too, is Scripture breathed-out by God. What use then, does God have for us from this book and these laws.