Table of Contents
Leviticus begins in Exodus, conceptually speaking. There, in Exodus, Israel (and by extension, all humanity) is intimidated by a seemingly unanswerable question, "How can anyone dwell with this consuming fire of a God? How can anyone have a meaningful relationship with Him?"
Such a question was occasioned by God's terrifying manifestation upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all Israel, recorded in Exodus 19 onward. About that manifestation, Hebrews 12:21 says (NASB): And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, "I am full of fear and trembling."
At the end of Exodus the discouraging, unanswered dynamic is still there. God miniaturized His manifestation and relocated from the mountain to the tent, and yet still Moses could not enter God's personal space and commune with Him (Ex 40:35). At that final scene in Exodus, again the question cried out, "How can Moses, much less the people of Israel, much less all of humanity, have some kind of meaningful relationship with this holy and severe God?"
Leviticus answers that.
And what about this book's curious title, Resurrecting Leviticus? Does it imply we should revive and return to certain practices in the Mosaic law? No, not at all. It only means we must, absolutely must, resurrect our interest in Leviticus and go deeper than we have ever gone in understanding it, learning from it, and letting its root system nourish our New Covenant spirituality. Theologically, and in several other dimensions, it is simply too important. Jesus said the Law, Genesis through Deuteronomy, is the key to all knowledge (Lk 11:52). If these five books are the key, Leviticus is the key's bit.
PART 1: MACRO INSIGHTS
PART 2: THE FIVE CORNERSTONE OFFERINGS
1. The Burnt Offering
2. The Grain Offering
3. The Peace Offering
4. The Sin Offering
5. The Reparation Offering