David Pawson - Leviticus Pt1(英文发音，中文字幕)
Thoughtful Thoughts 22nd Feb. 2019. “Unlocking the Bible” - Leviticus, Part 1.
“Back to school.”
While the Israelites are camped out in the desert wondering what to do next, God uses the time to take them all back to school and teach them all how to live life in God’s way. Leviticus is that account of the laws that they had to live by, right down to the last detail. We may find Leviticus boring, but there’s more of the spoken words of God in this book than in any other book in the Bible. The reason we find it boring is because we can’t relate to it. Try imagining that your parents are home-schooling you, and that might help give us a picture of what is happening here.
This book teaches them what kind of worship is acceptable to God and the process that they had go through to be forgiven before any worship could be accepted. Forgiveness back then was quite a process, which taught them the seriousness of sin. (Cf. Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death”.) They are being taught that sin is a killer and must not be taken lightly, which is why forgiveness was so expensive for God to pay for.
Now, some may think that because we didn’t pay for our forgiveness then it must be free. Well, it is only free for us if we are repentant, but in fact forgiving us cost Jesus His life.
So why should we read the one book we always get stuck in - Leviticus?
Well, one very good reason is to understand the book of Hebrews better. In fact Leviticus and Hebrews go well together as a “pair”. Hebrews calls the law being delivered here, a ‘shadow of the good things to come’.
For example, we learn from the book of Hebrews chapter 10 that there is to be no more sacrificing.
When some churches pretend they are turning the wafer and wine into the body and blood of Jesus at Mass, pretending they are re-sacrificing Jesus’ body and blood over and over and over again, we know it is wrong, because Hebrews says there is no more re-sacrificing. Although on the one hand we learn in Leviticus a system of sacrificing was created for forgiveness, Hebrews tells us that it has all been done away with. What more, when Jesus was crucified, God ripped down the temple curtain to declare that system abolished.
Now, in a blog, I can’t just copy out Hebrews 10, so you’ll have to read it for yourself.
In addition, in 1 Peter 2:5, Peter teaches the “Elect”, that they are all now in the priesthood.
Aaron’s sons in Leviticus 10:1-3 dropped dead when they were not being obedient priests. Priests don’t drop dead now when they are sinful because God isn’t involved in what they are doing anyway, as that route is closed off now. If God was in it, unholy priests would drop dead like Aaron’s sons when they pretend to re-sacrifice Jesus body. However, remember that Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11 dropped dead when they lied to the Holy Spirit and Peter, - which tells us that God was in that meeting, as the unclean must never come into contact with the holy. It is Hebrews we can thank for teaching us that the system of using religion as a way to get forgiveness is just man made religion. Forgiveness cannot come that way and Hebrews explains why.
However, before Jesus came into the world, the teaching from Leviticus was all they had to work with to get right with God. That old sacrificial system was what shops might call a “lay by” approach, where something is not yet paid for, but it is being held on one side for you, until payment is received. Now in the case of sin, it was because God knew He would be paying for sin later, that He accepted this “shadow” (as Hebrews calls it), of what was to come. But now that God has paid in full for our sin, there is no more need of that “lay by” system. It is done. Done. Done. Done. No more re-sacrificing.
What we do need to learn about from Leviticus is the holiness of God. God will not come near whoever is unclean. That hasn’t changed. We must still be forgiven first, and then live His way, before He lives in us by His Holy Spirit, (Acts 2:38); that’s the deal and it hasn’t changed. So, watch David Pawson’s video for more on Leviticus and check back next week when we look at the “scapegoat” in Leviticus, as a picture of Christ’s sacrifice.
I’m John Dunning and that’s “Thoughtful Thoughts” for another week.
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