Leviticus: more than just religion…

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Reading: Leviticus 11:1-13:59

Focus: Leviticus 13:1-59

When it comes to where church or religion fits into our daily lives, it is often in the domain of the spiritual which we would place the church. It provides pastoral care for the soul, spiritual nourishment through its teaching and preaching, it provides childcare, I mean, a place of nurturing children in the truth of the gospel. Yet, the place of the priesthood or religion in the ancient world was quite different. When we think about the laws given to the Israelites, we think about the sacrifices, the food regulations, and all the other intricacies…but in all these “laws” there is another side.

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Leviticus: what in blazes…?

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Reading: Leviticus 8:1-10:20

Focus: Leviticus 10:1-5

There are times when we question the laws that govern our society: minors (under 18 years) cannot purchase cigarettes, but they can smoke; in Melbourne (Victoria) only a qualified electrician may change broken light bulbs otherwise inviting a possible fine (like $10); the penalty for a life sentence is a maximum of 25 years…the list goes on. However, the bulk of laws are in place to oversee the welfare and benefit of the general populace.

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Leviticus: priestly provisions

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Reading: Leviticus 5:1-7:38

Focus: Leviticus 7:28-36

In the 21st century, we have this thing called wages. We go to work and we get paid. Simple. We know that we can have food on the table if we go to work. But that’s not how it’s always been. In a highly agricultural society, the food on the table was what you produced on your land, then for things that you didn’t produce, you would trade with others who did. If you were in the services business, then, as a wage, you would trade food and products for your services. “For a few lambs, I can make you a lounge suite to die for!

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Leviticus: slaughter-house…

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Reading: Leviticus 1:1-4:35

Focus: Leviticus 1:1-4:35

As one reads through the details of the various sacrifices, one can’t help but notice that it paints the picture of nothing short of a slaughterhouse. Let’s not try and avoid the fact, the act of atonement for humanity’s sins is a bloody one. Any offering that involved animals would involve death. It is a sobering thought to be reminded that sins before God is not something to be taken lightly.

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