So I spent the past few weeks reading through the book of Leviticus of the Holy Bible and some of the chapters almost made me ask myself why read this if we are no longer subjected to these rules as a result of the redemption power of Christ death on the cross?
Well, it took me up until the last chapter to realize why not?
If you are not familiar with the contents of the book of leviticus, let me give a brief summary of what the book is about. Leviticus is the 3rd book in the Bible and in history, is captured in the time when the Israelites were still making their way to the promised land after being delivered from the land of Egypt where they were held captive for 430 years. That’s a pretty long time to be under captivity for.
The people of Israel had lived in Egypt for 430 years. In fact, it was on the last day of the 430th year that all the lord’s forces left the land – Exodus 12:40-41 (NLT)
Hence the book of leviticus details Priestly instructions given to the Israelites by God through Moses during their sojourn to the land of Canaan, the promised land. There were instructions on different sin offerings to be made when various sins were committed, sacrifices, wave offering and more. The punishment for sin were so steep in those days that I feel there might have even been an atmosphere of fear amongst them.
…a fracture for a fracture, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Whatever anyone does to injure another person must be paid back in kind.- Leviticus 24:20 (NLT)
Reading these chapters made me attain a deeper level of understanding of the importance of the statement of being not under Law but Grace. We now have the ability to pray to our heavenly father and ask for forgiveness when we fall short trusting that he hears us and forgives us of our wrong doings. We no longer have to sacrifice an unblemished lamb or ram because we have been bought at a high price and redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
So next time you sin or fall short of the mercies of God, take a quick moment to think of what you would have been required to do if you were living the levitical times and thank God for the deliverance that we now so freely enjoy.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. – Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)