While studying Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible), I found myself being led by the Holy Spirit to really dive into Wayyiqra (The Book of Leviticus). This book is where God reestablishes His Nation's Identity after they lost it, after being under the influence of Egyptian culture for such a long time. This is where He gives his charge that institutionalizes the culture, customs and traditions that יְהֹוָה (YHVH) has always had for His people.
We know that [God's Laws] they've always existed, even from yom owt'olam (the days of old) because there is scripture that tells us these things, even as early as Barashet (the book of Genesis). Where you ask? Off the top of my head, there is mention of God's First Law. The Law that brought forth the fall of all humanity [is it coincidental that this law was about food? I don't think so] in Genesis 3:3
"but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die." ~ NASB
To that point, there's also mention of "clean and unclean animals" in Genesis 7:2, where God tells Noah:
"You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female;" ~ NASB
He obviously brought more "clean animals" with him because from those animals, Noah and his family were given to eat [some not all, they also had to repopulate]. Then there's also Genesis 26:5, where the Lord appeared to Isacc and reminded him about the promise He had made to his father:
"because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My LAWS." ~ NASB
There's a lot more passages of scripture than what I just pointed out, but I digress. We find ourselves at the end of Exodus, outside of the special tent or place of meeting (Tabernacle) in which He dwells. However, no one from the tribe/nation of Israel is able to enter it just yet.
This book covers the laws that God gives to his people, in order for them to be able to live in the very presence of the Lord. It also contains examples of the heartbreaking incidents of what happens when [even his own] people do not carefully heed His instructions.
Chapters 1-7 - Procedures for Offerings • Instructions on how/why in dealing with sacrifices. Although each has a unique purpose; • Saying thank you to God - grain/fellowship offerings • Saying I'm sorry to God - burnt offerings, sin offerings, guilt offerings • At the end of the chapter, there's a section that outlines the portions for the priests Chapters 8-10 - Priest Hood • Because of their job, they were in God's Holy presence but, based on what we from Exodus, a person could die from being in the presence of the Lord! (See Leviticus 10:1,2) • The main concept here is to convey to his people, that God's own Holiness should affect every part of their lives. • The beginning chapters explain how priests are to be ordained • Explains how they represent on the behalf people to God and vice versa Chapters 11-15 - Establishing customs within a culture • Food Laws, knowing what animals are okay to eat • How to deal with childbirth, skin disease, dead bodies, bodily fluids etc. • Generally how to deal with contamination and cleanliness Chapter 16 - The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) • Instructions on how to carry out the Festival • The commandment is a perpetual, everlasting covenant • How this day deals with the sin of those who live in covenant with him Chapters 18-20 - Establishing customs within a culture • Importance of the representation of blood • How sex should be considered • Social and overall justice • Moral purity • How his people are to carry out punishment for Disobedience Chapters 21-22 - Priest Hood • Instructions for the Priests • Worthy and Unworthy Offerings • This section explains how the priests are held to a higher standard because they work so closely to God Presence Chapters 23-27 - Establishing customs within a culture • * Sacred Days / Festival Days (Moedim Ha Addonai) * • Celebratory Days that retell the important acts/great things of what God has done for His people - What he did to rescue them and set us apart from the world. • God's Blessings and Curses for Obedience and Disobedience
Yeshua Messiah is all over the book of Leviticus - In that, the symbology of what they are doing throughout each chapter repreresents who Messiah either was or did. I will try to give an example here, in each chapter [where it applies] and literally jumps right out at you if you take the time to read and study this book.
Note: Although there is no such thing as a "perfect" translation of the Bible, I am going to be quoting from the NASB (New American Standard Bible). As it is the most widely accepted formal translation of scripture. If you want to study scripture and you cannot read hebrew, it's by far the next best thing to the interlinear Bible. This decision was based on all that I have researched, with how translation/transliteration actually works .
This chapter explains the "Law of Burnt Offerings". The offering is carried out as an animal sacrafice for the purpose of atonement; A way of being accepted before the Lord, in how the blood (life) of the animal covers sin (death) for us.
The act of sacraficing an animal, is first seen in the Bible when God covers Adam and Eve with animal skin after they disobey Him [Ref: Gensis 3:1-21]. What you need to realize is, there is no mention of death in the world up until this point in scripture. However, because of their disobedience something had to die - Moreover, it is the result of when Humankind (or Man - 'Adam') decides what is right for themselves instead of obeying God's Word/Laws. Despite that, God loves us so much that instead of sentencing us to death, he allows for a substitutionary sacrafice in our place for the atonement of our sin.
This is where we see a symbol of Jesus (Yeshua) in Leviticus. In verse 3 it says:
"If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer it, a male without defect; he shall offer it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD."
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