Many folks and friends have told me over the years that they “started to read the Bible… beginning with Genesis.” I always want to ask what happened when they reached the Book of Leviticus. Leviticus is the third book of the Hebrew Scriptures following after Genesis and Exodus. These first two books are largely narratives with protagonists, antagonists, plots, crises, and resolutions. They are forms of writing quite familiar to us. But Leviticus? It is described as “The book mainly treats cultic matters (i.e., sacrifices and offerings, purity and holiness, the priesthood, the operation of the sanctuary, and feast days) but is also interested in various behavioral, ethical, and economic issues (e.g., sexual practices, idolatrous worship, treatment of others, the sale of land, slavery). The goal of the laws is not merely legislative.” Not exactly a page turner. It is a tough read.
The Bible Project comes to our aid! Their video on the Book of Leviticus is as fine an introduction as you will come across. It won’t make the book exciting, but the video provides a framework for why Leviticus is important for a fundamental understanding of holiness. The rituals, sacrifices, and offerings have changed because of Jesus, but the core principles are insightful and revealing. It is seven minutes well spent.
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