WHY WE NEED LEVITICUS
The Story of Scripture, part 9
Mike Kelsey, Montgomery County Campus
Pastor | March 31, 2019
Leviticus starts where Genesis left off. Moses goes up to Mount Sanai and comes down with the 10 commandments.
The sun is powerful.
We can't come anywhere near the sun, but it is incredibly beneficial.
Just like God. We can't come anywhere near God. God is so powerful, yet we can't do anything near him.
“The Lord called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying . . .”
“These are the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses for the people of Israel on Mount Sinai.”
This book was written for God's people of how to follow God in the way to live around Pagans.
Why are Christian's hypocritical?
We keep all laws that are coherent to Jesus. We don't follow the civil laws of the nation state. We don't follow ceremonial laws. Ritual laws point to Jesus, because they point to Jesus. Then we have the moral and Imoral laws.
There are some laws in Leviticus that are left in the old testament. Then there are others which Jesus followed, that we follow.
What affect of studying levticus to have effect on us?
#1 - APPROACH GOD MORE REVERENTLY.
“For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.”
“For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
God is over all of Creation. He isn't a deity. He is completely pure and doesn't tolerate sin. This is why God establishes boundaries in the Jewish community.
“You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean . . .”
Between the brother and not.
Holy Category - reserved for a special purpose. God commanded people, things, places to be holy. These things had to be treated differently than the rest. Because if Holy category, we have to approach God on his terms, not our own. When people sacrificed things to God, it tends to state "they did just as he commanded"
Clean category -
Never allowed to come in contact with unclean.
Unclean category. - not in a condition suitable for God's precense.
LEVITICUS 10:1 – 4
“Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, ‘This is what the Lord has said: “Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.”’ And Aaron held his peace. And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, ‘Come near; carry your brothers away from the front of the sanctuary and out of the camp.’”
We have to approach God on his terms and not our own. We don't just sing in the precense of God, but live in it.
LEVITICUS 10:5 – 6
“So they came near and carried them in their coats out of the camp, as Moses had said. And Moses said to Aaron and to Eleazar and Ithamar his sons, ‘Do not let the hair of your heads hang loose, and do not tear your clothes, lest you die, and wrath come upon all the congregation; but let your brothers, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning that the Lord has kindled.’”
#2 - TAKE SIN MORE SERIOUSLY.
What makes sin, sin? What makes something sinful?
Sin is when we fail to or refuse to obey God's command. It's when we stop doing what God commands. In the very real sense, it's giving the middle finger to God.
Levticus 20, sin commands death. We can't shy away from difficult passages.
LEVITICUS 4:2 – 3
“Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If anyone sins unintentionally in any of the Lord’s commandments about things not to be done, and does any one of them, if it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, then he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull from the herd without blemish to the Lord for a sin offering.”
LEVITICUS 21:8B – 9
“He [the priest] shall be holy to you, for I, the Lord, who sanctify you, am holy. And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by whoring, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.”
God takes sin more seriously than we can imagine.
LEVITICUS 24:10 – 14
“Now an Israelite woman’s son, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the people of Israel. And the
Israelite woman’s son and a man of Israel fought in the camp, and the Israelite woman’s son blasphemed the Name, and cursed. Then they brought him to Moses. His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. And they put him in custody, till the will of the Lord should be clear to them. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Bring out of the camp the one who cursed, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him.’”
“For the wages of sin is death . . .”
We should take our sin seriously. We should lovingly and directly confront each other when we see a brother who sins.
GENESIS 2:16 – 17
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’”
“If a man takes a woman and her mother also, it is depravity; he and they shall be burned with fire, so that there may be no depravity among you.”
“We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”
Is it possible that are sin is evil? All of us are guilty before God.
HOW CAN A HOLY GOD BE PRESENT AMONG UNHOLY PEOPLE?
#3 - LOVE JESUS MORE PASSIONATELY.
God wants to dwell with His people.
God wants a relationship with His people.
GOD AND GUILT (LEVITICUS 16), MARCH 24, 2019
Eric Saunders, MBC Arlington Campus Pastor Mcleanbible.org/sermons
We needed to offer for our sins. Atonement simply means to be right.
Grade dollar scholar on levitcus.
LEVITICUS 16:11, 14
“Aaron shall present the bull as a sin offering for himself, and shall make atonement for himself and for his house. He shall kill the bull as a sin offering for himself . . . And he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat on the east side, and in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.”
“Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it over the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat.”
“And the bull for the sin offering and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the Holy Place, shall be carried outside the camp. Their skin and their flesh and their dung shall be burned up with fire.”
LEVITICUS 16:20 – 22
“And when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy Place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat. And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins. And he shall put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness. The goat shall bear all their iniquities on itself to a remote area, and he shall let the goat go free in the wilderness.”
“For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins.”
Do you see the picture here?
“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”
HEBREWS 9:11 – 12
“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.”
Jesus wasn't in perfect linen. Rather in perfect form. Christ takes on himself the sacrifice.
“For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.”
“For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”
“But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.”
HEBREWS 10:12 – 14
“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”
God wants to dwell with his people, so he provided a way with Christ. We come to God on his terms. Through only a provision that he has made for us. By Jesus.
#4 – SPREAD THE GOSPEL MORE COURAGEOUSLY.
Anything that was taken to be unclean. Everything that was unclean, how to be taken outside the camp. Jesus went outside the gate.
HEBREWS 13:12 – 14
“So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.”
Jesus is inviting us to join him. To join him outside the camp. We have to be willing to take some risks. To have some hard conversations.
#5 - PURSUE HOLINESS MORE COMPREHENSIVELY.
Carl Eliss. The window of righteousness.
Piety is loving God.
Justice is loving your neighbor.
LEVITICUS 19:1 – 2
“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.’”
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Read Leviticus 19.
“You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have
separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.”
4-paned window (Dr. Carl Ellis)
LEVITICUS 19:9 – 10
“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”
He is asking you to do what he commands, not what he is asking.
“You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.”
“You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.”
These policies have to be equatible and fair.
We have focused on personal peity as a church. Be holy in every aspect of your life. Reflect the holiness of God in every area of your life.
Because he says, I am your God and I am holy.
He is our parent and we are his children. If we are in Christ, we are his son or daughter. Just as a child to their parents, we shouldn't be doing as he doesn't command. Parents orders should be followed.
LEVITICUS 19:35 – 36
“You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.”
As a church family, let's pursue God comprehensively.
As his children, we should fully devote to him as a child listens to their parents.