Learning From Leviticus

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

A lightbulb must have lit up somewhere in my car as I realized that the detail of the law communicates the detail with which God is concerned with our lives – because every little thing that we do communicates who God is and the grace and mercy that He has shown us. Every little thing is significant because our entire life is made up out of ‘little things’. We have the opportunity to exhibit God’s grace in the smallest, seemingly most insignificant things in life. In fact, we’ll never exhibit His glory in the big things if we don’t do so on a daily basis in the little things. 
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2 Responses to Learning From Leviticus

  1. Anonymous says:

    hi cous'call me crazy, but when rereading the Torah, the first book i took was Leviticus and i loved it immensely! i don't find it dry. i find it fascinating. 'specially reading the book of Hebrews afterwards. they go together like pieces of a puzzle :-). #like

  2. liam193 says:

    Yeah, more and more, I am convinced that the things that people do that sound all spiritual are less significant than a life of love that brings glory to Him. It's interesting that you said Leviticus is dry. I always thought that Numbers was the dry one. While in college, we did a study of Nehemiah and one of the things that struck us about the lists of people was that God cares about individuals so much that he listed every individual and that they contributed to the effort and that even the priests were noted for their physical effort to the project and not for some spiritual contribution.

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