Day 160: Leviticus, the How To book.
How to obey God, and how to sacrifice. Sin is a capital offense and it brings along with it, death, as the consequence. In Chapter 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the alter to make atonement for your souls; for it is in the blood that maketh an atonement for the Soul.” This, by the way, is why Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice with His Blood, to atone for ALL the sins of the world, including past, present, and future. With this sacrifice (which is why God had to come down to earth as a man in human form) He abolished the sacrifice of animals from that point on. There was no need as He was the most Perfect Sacrificial Lamb. The bloody ritual serves to show the seriousness of sin through death. Jesus overcame death; therefore, overcoming the world. This is why Satan won’t win. Ever.
But, before Jesus, the Messiah, came, God set up several types of offerings for the Israelites.
The Burnt offering is when they killed and burned an animal on an alter. This ‘purified’ the sinner because the animal took the fall, so to speak. Depending on the amount of money you had, depended on the size of the animal offered up.
The Grain offering could either be flour, baked goods, etc., from the harvest. It was brought to the priest, who burned some of it, and then kept the rest for his wage.
The Peace offering allows the worshipper to burn a part of the animal to give thanks, and then shares the rest of it with family, friends, etc.
The sin, or guilt offerings are made with an animal and is meant for atonement for a specific type of sin committed.
All the rules given to the Israelites were for them to obey God, and to preserve their race from sicknesses that could happen from mixing certain types of foods together. Milk can spoil and cause bacteria to grow if it sits in the crevice of a jar. These laws also distinguished God’s Chosen people from others.
When Jesus came later, He marked the beginning of a new covenant with God because Adam and Eve had broken the original one with sin. It nullified that covenant. If humans were ever to get to Heaven, a new covenant must be formed. Kind of like if a treaty was broken between two groups of people, it destroyed the first one, permanently. I new one had to be created under new rules. Therefore, Jesus was less concerned with the outward rules, and was more concerned with what is in the person’s heart. This is because “what comes from within you, is what defiles you…evil thoughts, murder, hatred, etc. That is what will destroy your Soul and that of humanity’s.
Leviticus 23:37 sets the appointed festivals for the Israelites. They are:
Passover — the story of God freeing the Israelites slavery in Egypt.
Bread with no yeast — beginning the day after Passover. The Israelites left Egypt in such a hurry that they didn’t have time for their bread dough to rise.
First fruits — Day of thanks.
Pentecost — held 50 days after the festival of the First Fruits. A day of thanks for the continued harvest.
Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) — This marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. A trumpet is blown.
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) — one day each fall, a day of repentance.
Shelters (Tabernacles) — one week where Jews camped out in huts to remember how God protected them during the Exodus.
God doesn’t expect perfectionism, but the devotion to God by following His laws shows the world their loyalty.