Our Bible study for the week of October 7th is on the book of Leviticus. Below is a link to the video, along with the Bible passages we read with the discussion questions. If you want to add your comments and perhaps start on online conversation about these texts, visit our Facebook page and find the post for this Bible study.
CLICK HERE to view the Bible study video.
Sacrifice – In ancient pagan religions, animal (and even human) sacrifices were made to “the gods” to appease anger, bribe, or curry favor. In the Torah, God uses this form of worship in a very different way. God graciously provides a method by which the people can be reminded of the consequences of sin and have those consequences diverted to a substitute, so that the relationship between a holy God and a sinful people could continue.
Atonement – Atonement means “covering over” someone’s wrongdoing so that the relationship can be restored. In the context of our relationship with God, it can be understood as what needs to be done in order to remain “at one” with him.
Leviticus (Greek, meaning “the book of the Levities) is about how atonement happens through various rituals, practices, and sacrifices. Chapters 1-17 are about how atonement happens. Chapters 18-27 are about how the “atoned” people are called to live.
READINGS AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
READ 1:1-9 As yucky as this all sounds to us, how is God’s grace evident in these instructions for a burnt offering?
READ 2:1-3 How are grain offerings different from burnt offerings?
READ 9:1-9 What is the purpose of the ministry of the priests?
READ 11:1-8 How might these dietary laws be helpful to the Israelites?
READ 16:1-10 How do these two goats offered on the Day of Atonement represent both confession and forgiveness?
READ 19:1-10 What does this part of the holiness code say about God?
READ 19:32-36 How does the holiness code guide Israel’s relationship with those outside of Israel? Why might this be so?
READ 20:10 Why might sexual immorality be such a grave matter?
READ Ch.23-24 How might this liturgical calendar help shape the Israelites lives?
READ 26:3-13 What blessings are promised for obedience to God’s commandments?
READ 26:40-45 What promise is given here for those who do not obey God?