If you are a regular to our website, you’ll know we try to emphasize the Jewish foundation of our faith and the notion that the NT is a fulfillment of the OT, as opposed to a replacement of the OT. Virtually every piece of Christian doctrine is underpinned in the OT and the book of Leviticus is richly packed with examples. Here, we are given a foundational verse concerning the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf:
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life. (Leviticus 17:11, emphasis added)
Additionally, another well known Bible verse finds its origin in the book of Leviticus:
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18, emphasis added)
The book of Leviticus provides a fabulous insight into the holiness of God and the value of purity in our relationship with Him. Leviticus is an often avoided and daunting book of the Bible, but offers many precious lessons into our relationship with God – we would be missing out significantly unless we explore this part of Scripture. Jay Sklar has spent ten years studying the book of Leviticus and it is very interesting reading his comments of how this affected his walk with God – Four things that happen when you study Leviticus more than ten years.
In summary, he discovered his life was transformed in the following four ways:
- You hunger for God’s holiness more frequently
- You fear God more greatly
- You love Jesus more deeply
- You love your neighbour more fully
We heartily encourage anyone to dive into the book of Leviticus and believe that anyone willing explore to take it on and accept it as an insight into the Lord’s holiness will be drawn closer to God as a result.