Current Sermon Series
Current Sermon Series:
"Holy God, Holy People: The Book of Leviticus"
It has been said that the book of Leviticus is that graveyard where read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year plans go to die. As far as we can tell, it’s full of dull chapters about sacrifices that we don’t do any more and don’t make any sense; on top of that, there are gross, strange laws about skin disease and mildew that we don’t do anymore and don’t make a lot of sense. And then to cap it off, it has a bunch of extreme laws where people get killed for things that seem strange and we don’t do anymore. And then there’s the fact that the whole thing reads more like an instruction manual than a novel. "No thank you...we'll take a New Testament gospel, thank you very much."
But…did you know that:
- The Liberty Bell takes its name from this book. Inscribed on the bell are these words: ‘Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof.’ That’s from Leviticus! (25:10)
- There are more direct quotes from God in Leviticus than in any other book in the Bible.
- Leviticus contains the favourite verse of Jesus, or at least the one he quoted most often from the OT: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ (19:8)
However, here's the main reason Leviticus should interest us: the burden of this book is not first and foremost about sacrifices or about laws – the burden of the book is relational. Leviticus lays out a blueprint that gives us the shape and texture of what our lives look like when lived out in union with God. It is about the God of the universe who dearly wants to dwell with people. And Leviticus lays out how he made that possible...ultimately pointing us forward over and over again to Jesus.
Sound interesting? We hope so. Please join us each Sunday in this exploration of a book less traveled.