Leviticus (Program #30) – The Cleansing of the Leper (1) & (2)
The clear and proper understanding of Old Testament books such as Leviticus shows us pictures that portray graphically and vividly man’s true condition contaminated by sin and death. Unclean from natural birth and leprous within and without. This is surely man’s condition apart from God’s intervention but motivated by His great love and desire for man to be His eventual eternal counterpart. God does not leave us in such a condition.
Leviticus (Program #29) – Uncleanness Issuing From Within Man (2) & (3)
Leviticus like several books in the Bible mentions the ancient disease of leprosy. Why was leprosy given such attention in God’s revelation to mankind. Well, leprosy is associated with one of the basic factors of man’s sinful condition and that is rebellion. Who among us is free from rebellion? Maybe not in dramatic outward demonstrations but within even in its own most subtle manifestations rebellion lurks perpetually beneath the surface of almost every person.
Leviticus (Program #28) – Uncleanness in Human Birth
What does it mean to be clean in the eyes of God? Does it mean that our behaviour is proper and according to His principles? Or does it mean that we get down on our knees and determine before Him to be a better person or even a better Christian? Well the Bible says that regardless of our behaviour or our determination there is no way to be clean if the source of what we are offering Him is the natural life we were born with regardless of how good we may think it is. So what is God’s view of us and all mankind in our natural life? We will see today that the very source of all human life is depicted in this riveting account in chapters 11 and 12 of Leviticus.
Leviticus chapter 11 is concerned with the matter of diet, the matter of eating. But this chapter also is very much concerned with death. The word “carcass” is used at least 13 times in this chapter. The fact that this chapter speaks of eating in relation to the death that results from contacting something unclean means that Leviticus chapter 11 is very much like the whole Bible is a book of life and death.
We’ve all heard the term “Kosher” and probably realize that kosher has to do with the approved or acceptable diet of Orthodox Jews. But you may not know that the origin of kosher dietary regulations is in Leviticus chapter 11. Though we are not here to discuss the nutritional benefits of such a diet we do want to see the spiritual significance that these dietary regulations have for all of us in the New Testament regardless of what we chose to eat.
Leviticus (Program #25) – A Concluding Word on the Offerings and the Priesthood
Hebrews is a marvelous New Testament book that contains many passages that are well-known and often quoted by Christians. Yet the book as a whole remains a mystery to a great many believers. The key to understanding Hebrews may well be found in the Old Testament book of Leviticus. As we will see today that the book of Hebrews is an exposition of Leviticus.
In Hebrews 9:11-14 says “But Christ … not through the blood of goats and calves but through His own blood, entered once for all into the Holy ofHolies, obtaining an eternal redemption/ For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who are defiled sanctify to the purity of the flesh/ How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” more…
Leviticus (Program #24) – The Lesson and the Regulations for the Priests
Chapter 10 of the book of Leviticus is a wonderfully intriguing and interesting chapter. It begins with a day full of glory and a day full of blessing and enjoyment because God has accepted the offerings of the priests, the sons of Aaron. But then something severe happens to Aaron – two of his sons bring themselves under God’s judgment and the scene changes to one of God’s righteousness and holiness only to be turned again to God’s mercy. We invite you to stay with us for this life study of Leviticus today, as we look at chapter 10, a chapter that reveals God’s mercy and His holiness.
Chapter 10 follows a wonderful section that we cover yesterday in chapter 9 with the four issues of the priestly service. But in this chapter there is a sad, even tragic event that is told and it has to do with these two sons of Aaron, Abihu and Nadab. The account is found in the first 11 verses of chapter 10 and we are going to see how this tragic story really applies to us today in our situation.
Leviticus (Program #23) – The Issue of the Priestly Service
If someone were to ask you “what is the genuine priestly service in the New Testament?” Would you envision priests in long robes and gowns handling various utensils in a big sanctuary? Or, would you see ordinary believers handling every day, the real and marvelous Christ in their experience. We are going to talk today about the issue of the genuine priestly service.
This will be a marvelous fellowship that we are going to have concerning this matter of the priestly service and the result of this priestly service. We’ve seen again and again in these life study messages from Leviticus that these pictures in the Old Testament from the Levitical priesthood really have an application for all of God’s people and that there is the universal priesthood of all the believers in the New Testament. So we have to apply these pictures to us each day.
Leviticus (Program #22) – The Consecration of Aaron and His Sons
Consecration is an Old Testament term used only a few times in the Bible. Yet it bears deep and significant meaning to all born again children of God that love Him and have given themselves over to Him. This is a term that worldly people can never really know or understand but what about us? Do we really appreciate what it is to be consecrated to the Lord Jesus?
This word consecration that some Christians are familiar with or may be have used in a certain context but it only appears in the Old Testament mainly in Leviticus, Exodus and Numbers. In its original context, it dealt with the sons of Aaron who were the priests at that time and they were consecrated or ordained for service in the tabernacle. It’s the use of this term in it’s New Testament application to us as Christians that we want to look at today. more…
Leviticus (Program #21) – The Law of the Sin, Trespass, Peace Offerings
It’s not difficult for us to consider as law, the Ten Commandments given through Moses. However, we might find it hard to regard the law as something that concerns our enjoyment of Christ. We may think that if there’s a law concerning the enjoyment of Christ, there could not be any enjoyment. Our eyes are about to be opened to realize that our enjoyment in experiencing Christ as life is regulated according to the law of life.
It helps to realize that we have five basic problems -we are not absolute for God, we never could be God’s testimony, what we are is just sin, what we do is nothing but commit sins and trespasses, what we never could have is peace with God. Hallelujah for Christ! Christ is the burnt offering who is absolute for God. When we enjoy Him, God accepts us and we are satisfaction to Him. Christ secondly is the meal offering who is perfect, fine, even, balanced, proper man filled with divinity to be God’s testimony. Christ is the sin offering who became more…