Title: The Blessings and responsibilities of Worship
Purpose of the book: To instruct God’s people in principles of Holiness
A Leviticus came at a time after Moses had given the 10 Commandments the purpose of the Commandments was to cause people to recognize how holy God was. Whenever the law is applied to the heart it produces guilt, but is necessary to have a way to remove this guilt. This is why God gave the Levitical system in the Bible.
There were two main reasons. The first was to provide a way for people to be forgiven for their sins. The second reason was to provide teaching to the people on how to live a holy life. It was not enough that their sins were forgiven, now they were to progress forward in their relationship to God.
Although the book of Leviticus is not a popular one due to all its details, once it is carefully studied, we find many principles that apply to Christians today. The book contains about four or five divisions. The first deals with the priesthood and the sacrifices. The second deals with the priesthood and how they were to conduct the ministry. The third section deals with the health and hygiene of God's people. Finally, the book closes with instructions in the celebration by observing the various times that God has set up for worship. How to worship sums up the theme in the book of Leviticus.
As a summary, here are some practical lessons from Leviticus:
1. God is holy and unchangeable 2. Worship is essential
3. Leadership is vital 4. Sacrifice is honored
5. Remembering is important 6. Purity is necessary
7. obedience is required 8. service is practical
9. details revealed character 10. Commitment Brings change
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. Why is it that one of the most important books in the bible, about worship, is so ignored?
2. When you think of worship, what comes to your mind?
3. What place does emotion play when it comes to
4. Read Exodus 40:34-38 and picture in your mind how important that knowing the presence of God was in their midst was to the children of Israel?
5. In Exodus chapter four, reference is made to sins of ignorance. How do these sins differ from others that we may commit? If it is a sin of ignorance, Why does God still require that a sacrifice is made?
6. In Chapter four, four categories are required for classes of individuals. What does that tell us of what God requires of those in each category? Notice the differences in offering required.
7. In Chapter ten we find a very serious matter regarding the two sons of Aaron as they died because they offered strange fire before the Lord. What does this message tell us about God’s holiness and disobedience? Discuss how this may have happened and the effect that it had upon the priests that replaced them?
8. In chapters 11-14, God gives guidance regarding personal Hygiene and dietary instructions. In the book “None of These Diseases”, the author carefully examines diseases that Israelites are immune to because of these laws. Do you think that God’s holiness extends to how we treat our bodies?