We’re close to the end of Leviticus and it’s time to take stock of where we’ve been. The book begins with an outline of how offerings are to be given. They are supposed to be pure, the best of the best – a true sacrifice. And they are to be personal; the giver doesn’t drop them off at the door but participates in their presentation to the LORD.
After receiving their instructions, the priests were consecrated for their ministry at the Tabernacle. We watched anxiously as each moment of instruction was acted upon, until Aaron presented the first atonement offering before the LORD, and we waited for the LORD to respond with approval.
Next came an assortment of instructions reflecting God’s insistence that Israel be holy as He is holy – to experience their set-apartness in every facet of life.
We come now to the ways in which days of the week and of the year were to be set apart to the LORD. These break down as follows:
As you listen to the descriptions of each of these and consider their purpose, recall the way the LORD embedded His directions on the night of the Passover with instructions of how to remember what was happening.
Chapter 24 is broken into two parts. First, supply for the Tabernacle’s lamp oil and bread for the priests is accounted for. Next, instructions about restitution and retribution for crimes of personal injury are wrapped in a brief narrative account of a man committing blasphemy.
Note at least two things here. First, we’re not sure how this man misused the name of the LORD, but note that “cursed” can have multiple meanings. Second, note that the famous “eye for an eye” passage in chapter 24 follows another 1-2-3-2-1 chiastic structure, not only repeating the commands but repeating them in such a way as to make them memorable.
Our verse for this week is Romans 5:6: For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Leviticus 23 and 24. Now let’s read it!
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.