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Few books have caused people to become discouraged as they read through the Bible like Leviticus. Offerings, sacrifices, emissions, feasts and priestly garments cause us to miss the main point of the book. A people who had been influenced by pagan Egyptian deities for over 400 years were now given a standard in which they were to live as followers of the one true God. Revolutionizing their lives, Leviticus provided guidelines and standards for their day-to-day activities. Irrelevant as it may seem to us now, it served as a prime document for life for the people of its day, and in many ways, it still serves as a guide for how life is to be lived in relation to God.
Moses. In its 27 chapters, it is stated 56 times that God imparted these laws to Moses.
Approx. 1450-1410 B.C. during the forty years that the nation of Israel wandered in the wilderness.
These are Israel's laws regarding offerings for sins, what to eat, personal hygiene, sexual purity, relational issues and worship.
Leviticus details God calling His people to an intimate relationship with Him, and equipping them for it. It is the first book that future Israelites had their children read because it details how the people were to become a holy nation. It taught them how to revere God, how to enter His presence and how to reflect Him in every area of their lives. The content of this book was given to the Israelites during the thirteenth month after their release from Egypt.
© Dr. Rick Taylor and Bill Parkinson
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