My mom inspires me. She’s one of those women who reads the Bible from cover to cover every year. She enthusiastically reads in the morning when she wakes up and in the evening before she goes to bed.
I would love to be that woman. But I’m not.
When Reading Your Bible Is Hard
Sometimes I get into a really great groove, but then life changes and I have struggle to get back to reading my Bible daily. The last year has been especially hard for me. When I do read, it’s usually an epistle or prophet. However, I have read through Genesis multiple times in the past 12 months.
In April, I finally cracked down and decided I was going to read through the whole Bible this year. I purchased a copy of The Books of the Bible based off another bloggers recommendation (the things you find on Pinterest are unending).
I love it because it is organized the way it was written and doesn’t have chapter and verse numbers. If you ever wanted to read the Bible like a normal book, this book helps you do that.
And I am loving it. Really I am.
Or I was… until I got to Leviticus.
Leviticus is just hard for me.
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The Trouble With Leviticus
All the instructions for the Israelites’. The sacrifices. The outdated cultural details… it can be hard to see how it is relevant to life in the 21st century.
But Paul wrote that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
That means the book of Leviticus.
So what can we learn from the book of Leviticus?
3 Things We Can Learn From The Book of Leviticus
After pondering that question, I came up with three things the book of Leviticus can teach us about God.
1) God Cares About The Details
This one seems obvious, but God cared about the details of the sacrifices, down to the blood and the fat. Yet He also cared about the people who couldn’t afford a costly sacrifice. He made a plan for them. It wasn’t just the details of His plan He cared about, it was His people. Which brings me to the second point…
2) God Cares About His People
While most of the rules about our health written in the book of Leviticus seem antiquated, they are there for a purpose. God cared about the health of the Israelite’s. We all know mold can make us sick. Especially black mold. Back then, their only option was to wash it or replace it.
Leviticus also talks about not deceiving our neighbors, or staying silent when someone else is in trouble. It’s not just our healthy and finances God cares about. He cares about wrong and right and our relationships with one another.
God simply cares about His people.
3) God Cares About Our Relationship With Him
The entire theme of the book of Leviticus is how God’s people, who are separated from Him by our sinfulness, can draw near to Him. How they could gain a right standing before a holy God. All the sacrifices and rituals were there to reunite God and His people. To forge a relationship between the two.
God didn’t simply want to coexist with His people, He wanted to be intimately involved with them.
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Thankfully, today we know we get that right standing through Jesus. We don’t have to earn it. And that’s why Leviticus points to Jesus. It’s not just about how God cared for us in the past, it’s about how He cared enough to send His Son to save us and restore our relationship with Him for all eternity.
Those three things really helped me get through Leviticus this time through. And it wasn’t even as long as it seemed when I first started reading.
So What About You?
Do you have trouble being consistent in your Bible reading? What book of the Bible to you struggle with the most? Or do you have any insights on the book of Leviticus you’d like to share? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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