Warren Wiersbe said: “Happiness, not holiness, is the chief pursuit of most people today, including many professed Christians. They want Jesus to solve their problems and carry their burdens, but they don’t want Him to control their lives and change their character. It doesn’t disturb them that eight times in the Bible, God said to His people, “Be holy, for I am holy,” and He means it. Have you ever thought of personal holiness— likeness to Jesus Christ—as the most important thing in the world?
The book of Leviticus itself is quoted or referred to over 100 times in the New Testament. Leviticus tells New Testament Christians how to appreciate holiness and appropriate it into their everyday lives. The word holy is used 91 times in Leviticus, and words connected with cleansing are used 71 times. References to uncleanness number 128. There’s no question what this book is all about.
The key verses of Leviticus-“Be holy, for I am holy” A are applied to the New Testament church in 1 Peter 1:15-16.” For 8 verses with “Be holy, for I am holy” click here.
- The bloody nature of the millions of animal sacrifices is a jarring picture of the cost of redemption. This imagery helps our understanding of the seriousness of sin and the cost of the sacrifice of Jesus for the sin of every person who ever lives on earth?
- Sacrificing our entire lives to God results when we are thankful for the sacrifice of Jesus for our sin?
- Do I have the peace of God because I have peace with God?
- Disciples have the opportunity and command to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus to the nations beginning in the city where we live.
- The activity in the sacrifices of Leviticus occurs at the entrance to the Tabernacle and in the Court of the Tabernacle where all Israelites could go. The sacrifices were made on the Brazen Altar and the Priests constantly used the Brazen Laver to keep themselves clean, but only the High Priest could go into the Holy of Holiness into the presence of God and then only one time a year. However, today disciples have constant access to God through the Bible, Holy Spirit, and Jesus our High Priest.
- Memory Verse – 1 Peter 1:15-16.. 15 But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. CSB
Notes: A- Leviticus 11:44-45
Henry Luke 11/11/2017
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