Covered: Leviticus 23; 26; Numbers 11-14; 16-17
Not Covered: Leviticus 18-22; 24-25; 27; Numbers 1-10; 15
Scripture Memory: The Gospel: Salvation not by works – Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5
Leviticus: Keep going! Don’t stop now! Even if you’ve missed a little, keep on reading. I remember the first time I tried to read Leviticus — I don’t think I understood any of it. It was complicated to my teenage eyes and confusing to my mind. I wish someone had just told me it was about how awesome, pure and right God is — He is Holy! All the laws continually point out that he is holy and pure, and he wants us to be holy and pure too!
What does it mean to be holy? Set apart for
One writer has pointed out… 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 (Wiersbe). The details in Leviticus also explain that God is interested in every part of our life — every detail of life. He desires every detail and aspect, all of life be dedicated to him, set apart to him. Why? Because that is when we’ll have the greatest
“He that sees the beauty of holiness, or true moral good,” wrote Jonathan Edwards, “sees the greatest and most important thing in the world.” Have you ever thought of personal holiness—likeness to Jesus Christ—as the most important thing in the world? As you read Leviticus, remember God is calling us to bring every part of our life to him.
You will not read the following chapters. I’ve summarized what they cover.
Lev. 18 — Sanctity (i.e., holiness) of Sex
Lev. 19 — Holiness of Law
Lev. 20 — Justice in judgment — for those that break the laws.
Lev. 21-22 — Leaders who are pure.
Lev. 24-25 — Holy Dwelling of God (Tabernacle) and people (land).
Numbers — In addition to finishing the book of Leviticus, you’ll read parts of the book of Numbers. The Book of Numbers seems to be an instruction manual for life after the giving of the Ten Commandments. The “manual” deals with three areas: (a) how the nation was to order itself in its journeyings, (b) how the priests and Levites were to function in the condition of mobility which lay ahead, and (c) how they were to prepare themselves for the conquest of Canaan and their settled lives there. (Merrill).
You will not read chapters 1-10, and 15. Covered in the first ten chapters is how the nation will be ordered and move about. If you have ever seen a Mardi Gras parade, consider the layout of the floats, their order, structure and the like. This is what is being discussed in chapters 1-10, for the nation and tribes of Israel as they move about. Chapter 15 — is a refresher course for the covenant statutes – the regulations on life after they enter the promised land.
Enjoy the reading…
Written by: Kevin McKee
Photo: Christian Chen