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Leviticus 1 [Read]
Leviticus 2 [Read]
Leviticus 3 [Read]
Matthew 24:23-51 [Read]
Leviticus is a book for priests, yet the theme is holiness for all the people of God. There are many rules in this book, and many are hard to understand by even the best biblical scholars. It may discourage us if we simply read them to fulfill the daily reading, but it will encourage us if we try to find God’s will and grace behind those rules.
The burnt offering was the first sacrifice specified, and this prominent position indicated the importance of atonement (1:4) in God’s eye. Sinful human could not approach the holy God, but God’s will was to provide ways of atonement so reconciliation might be achieved. This was to show God’s love under the context of God’s righteousness. In order for all to come before him, God allowed different animals to be offered depending on the financial strength of the person. God definitely wants people to come before him, for that’s his eternal will.
The focus of grain offering was “memorial portion” (2:2). God wants his people to remember the blessings he had bestowed upon them, and the people also wanted God to remember them for more blessings to come. This mutual remembrance was based on the covenant (2:13), and salt was used to symbolize such binding and long-lasting nature of such covenant. God remembers us and he wants us to remember him too.
The fellowship (or peace) offering could be offered at any time for people to show their gratitude and love to God. This was also the offering which allowed people to eat the sacrificial meat. So, a feast was usually held afterwards to allow the person to share his joy with family and friends. God wants his people to be joyful together to celebrate God’s blessings.
With the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, he has offered himself once for all to God on our behalf. Therefore, we no longer need to worry about these offerings. Instead, we are asked to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to the Lord as a response to his salvation (Rom 12:1). We may now freely come before God, he remembers each one of us in Christ, and we may enjoy his blessings together in his body called Church. That’s how great a work our Lord has accomplished for us, and remember it we must.
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