THE BOOK OF PURIFICATION(LEVITICUS)

PURIFICATION(LEVITICUS)
PURIFICATION(LEVITICUS)

A PORTABLE CATHEDRAL

HOW ISRAEL WAS TO APPROACH GOD (PURIFICATION(LEVITICUS))

I WILL PUT MY DWELLING PLACE AMONG YOU, AND I WILL NOT ABHOR YOU, I WILL WALK AMONG YOU AND BE YOUR GOD, AND WILL BE MY PEOPLE.( LEVITICUS 26:11-12)

LEVITICUS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT BOOKS TO READ IN THE ENTIRE OLD TESTAMENT. IT HAS FEW STORIES OR PERSONALITIES. MANY OF THESE RITUALS REMIND US OF THINGS WE SEE IN OTHER RELIGIONS. PURIFICATION RITES BY HINDU PRIESTS AND LITURGICAL RITES FOUND IN CATHOLIC CHURCHES.

BUT IN SPIT OF THE DIFFICULTY OF READING IT, THE BOOK OF LEVITICUS CONTAINS A TREMENDOUS LESSON FOR ALL OF US. IN IT GOD TEACHES THE ISRAELITES AND US THE TERRIBLE DANGER OF SIN. THE RITUALS THAT ISRAEL HAD TO GO THROUGH SHOW THE POISONING EFFECT OF SIN; THEY POINT TO THE FACT THAT JUST ONE SIN CAN CONTAMINATE OUR ENTIRE BEING.  JUST AS A DROP OF POISON SPREADS THROUGH GLASS OF WATER.

APPROACHING GOD (PURIFICATION(LEVITICUS))

AS YOU READ LEVITICUS REMEMBER THAT IT CAN BE DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS. THE FIRST PART OF THE BOOK (CHAPTER 1-17) DEALS WITH THE WAY IN WHICH ISRAEL WAS TO APPROACH GOD. THE NATION HAD SINNED AND GOD WAS A HOLY AND SINLESS GOD. HIS HOLINESS WOULD BE CONTAMINATED IF HE TOLERATED THEIR SIN. THUS ELABORATE RITUALS AND OFFERING WERE PRESCRIBED TO TEACH ISRAEL THAT THEY COULD NOT MERELY RUSH INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD. ALL OF THESE RITUALS AND RITES TEACH US OR POINT US TO THE WORK THAT JESUS CHRIST DID FOR US ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY.

PAUL SAYS,”MAY I NEVER BOAST EXCEPT IN THE CROSS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST”. HE SAYS THAT THE CROSS OR DEATH OF CHRIST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT JESUS–NOT HIS TEACHING OR HIS MIRACLES OR HIS INSPIRING EXAMPLE, BUT HIS DEATH! THE DEATH OF JESUS WAS MADE AS THE SACRIFICE FOR ALL OUR SINS, THE FULFILMENT OF ALL THE OLD TESTAMENT RITES AND RITUALS. THE WRITER OF THE BOOK OF HEBREWS DESCRIBES IT THIS WAY,”HE (JESUS) DID NOT ENTER BY MEANS OF THE BLOOD OF GOATS AND CALVES; BUT HE ENTERED THE MOST HOLY PLACE ONCE AND FOR ALL BY HIS OWN BLOOD, HAVING OBTAINED ETERNAL REDEMPTION.

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THE BLOOD OF GOATS AND BULLS AND THE ASHES OF A HEIFER SPRINKLED ON THOSE WHO WERE CEREMONIALLY UNCLEAN SANCTIFY THEM SO THAT THEY ARE OUTWARDLY CLEAN. HOW MUCH MORE, THEN, WILL THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. WHO THROUGH THE ETERNAL SPIRIT OFFERED HIMSELF UNBLEMISHED TO GOD,”( HEBREW 9:12-14). IN THIS PASSAGE THE WRITER SHOWS THAT JESUS IS THE COMPLETION OF ALL THE SACRIFICES THAT ARE WRITTEN ABOUT IN LEVITICUS. THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS ON THE CROSS MADE THE DAILY SACRIFICE OF ANIMALS UNNECESSARY. JESUS’ PERFECT LIFE CREDITED TO OUR ACCOUNT MAKE US “JUST AS IF WE HAD NEVER SINNED.” THE BIBLE CALLS THIS “JUSTIFIED.”(PURIFICATION(LEVITICUS))

WALKING WITH GOD (PURIFICATION(LEVITICUS))

THE REMAINING SECTION OF LEVITICUS TEACHES ISRAEL HOW TO WALK WITH GOD ONCE THEY HAD OBTAINED HIS PRESENCE. WE NEED CONSTANT REMINDERS THAT GOD IS A HOLY GOD AND NOTHING CONTAMINATED AND SIN CAN BE IN HIS PRESENCE. GOD HAS NEVER TOLERATED SIN IN ANY FORM OR ANY QUALITY. AT THE SAME TIME WE MUST BE ASSURED THAT GOD HAS PROVIDED US WITH A NEW AND DIFFERENT WAY TO DEAL WITH OUR SIN. IT IS NO LONGER THROUGH RITUALS AND SACRIFICES.BUT IT IS THROUGH THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST THAT WE CAN APPROACH GOD AND CONTINUE TO WALK WITH HIM NOW AND FOR ALL ETERNITY. (PURIFICATION(LEVITICUS))

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