Leviticus 1:1: Yet Applicable

“A book of rules, a book of laws,
It has no bearing on us now.
It’s obsolete and filled with flaws,
Why read of sacrificial cows?”

Why are there now no sacrifices?
Was this not promised in this book?
The High Priest’s holy blood suffices,
To sanctify – our sins He took.

Leviticus then points to Him,
It tells the covenant we own,
It shows the cleansing of our sin:
The law explains how grace is shown.

For God called from the meeting-tent,
As through the church the Christ would cry.
Yet man is sinful, broke and bent,
But sacrifice would sanctify.

This written to a migrant band,
Explaining how to live with God,
They had just plundered Egypt’s land,
In need of applications broad.

The book that God himself did speak,
And intimate His details shown,
Within the camp His interest peaks,
That we may trust in Him alone.

A book of peace, a book of grace,
That has all bearing yet today,
Let it fill us with ceaseless praise,
And let us walk in Jesus’ ways.


One thought on “Leviticus 1:1: Yet Applicable

  1. Today we get to look at the first verse in Leviticus. ‘What? Leviticus? Why are we looking at Leviticus? Isn’t that just a book of obsolete rules? That book was written to the Jews, about obscure ceremonial laws. What does it have to do with us today?’
    Well, the very fact that we think there is no reason to study this book should be proof enough that we need to study it. When God wrote the Bible, he didn’t put any dead weight in it. All of it is His word, and all of it applies to us. In addition to this, Leviticus happens to be the only book in the Bible that is directly spoken by God.
    But Leviticus isn’t just a book of obsolete, ceremonial rules — it’s a book that points to the grace and redemption of God, that illustrates the Gospel in very poignant ways. Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, who took on the sins of the world, right? What does that have any significance? Because God required a spotless lamb to be sacrificed to atone for sins. How do we know that? It says so in Leviticus.
    The laws of Leviticus explain how God’s grace is given.


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