Leviticus is one of those books you’re tempted to skip when you’re reading the Bible from cover to cover. It trips you up and causes your resolve to finally make it all the way through the Bible to quickly dwindle. After two months of faithfully reading Genesis and Exodus (the end of that was getting a bit dry, though), you stumbled on Leviticus and either skipped to Joshua or just gave up altogether.
I have a distinct advantage this time, however: I am listening to it in the car on my way to work. In all truth, it makes hearing law after law after law a lot more bearable and even interesting. The detail with which the Torah regulates the social, moral, and religious life of the Hebrew people is astounding; Leviticus 15 is almost embarrassingly extensive in its coverage of what makes a person unclean in certain situations!
How does Leviticus become spiritually relevant for me, though? That question has crossed my mind several times over the years as I desperately tried to take something away from it other than “God is a holy God”. Then this morning, as I was listening to the radio, Steven Curtis Chapman answered at least part of this question in some way. Here are the lyrics that sparked these thoughts:
Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace with every move that you make
And every little thing you do