As I shared last month, I am working my way chronologically through the Bible using The Bible Recap as a guide.
Leviticus just wrapped up this month. I used to dread reading through this Old Testament book. It seemed so irrelevant to today. In the past, I’d read it and pretty much skim the entire book. It was basically a bunch of rules and regulations given to the Israelites by God, but null and void when Jesus made His appearance in the New Testament.
However, what I learned this time around, is that this book, directed toward the Levites, was and is alive and full of God’s goodness. It points to Jesus in so many ways. The sacrifices made by the High Priest, in the Holy of Holies, purified the Israelites, and allowed them to be in communion with God.
When Jesus comes, years later, HE is the High Priest. He allows us to be in communion with God. We no longer have to make unblemished animal sacrifices to enter into God’s presence because Jesus was and is the ultimate unblemished sacrifice. His blood frees us, and allows us to enter into God’s presence at any time!
One verse that I love in the 19th chapter of Leviticus, is verse 17. It shares,
“Do not harbor hatred against your brother. Rebuke your neighbor directly, and you will not incur guilt because of him. Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.
Loving our neighbor as ourselves repeats itself over and over in the Bible. God desires us to love Him and love others. I created this month’s free print so that you can have a physical reminder to do just that! Let’s love each other well, intentionally and with grace.
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