LEVITICUSPurpose: A handbook for the Levites outlining their priestly duties in worship: a guidebook of holy living for the Hebrews.
Date of Events: 1445-1444 BC
Setting: At the foot of Mount Sinai, God teaches the Israelites how to live as holy people.
Key People: Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazer, Ithamar
Special Feature: Holiness is mentioned more often (152 times) than in any other book of the Bible.
*Sacrifices: The system of sacrifices that God established for Israel helps us understand the high cost of sin. An animal had to be sacrificed to pay the price for someone’s sin. Jesus’ death, however, did away with this temporary system by permanently paying the penalty for all sin.
*Health: God established rules for all aspects of life. He wanted his people to be different from the surrounding nations. Through these rules, God preserved them from diseases and genetic problems while teaching them spiritual principles. Following his rules will make our lives different from those of unbelievers around us.
*Holiness: Holy means “separated” or “devoted to God”. God called his people to be committed to his ways and forsake the lifestyle they had in Egypt. God calls us to this level of commitment.
*Levites: The Levites and priests taught the people how to worship God. They regulated the moral, civil and ceremonial laws of the people. Understanding their role enables us to comprehend more of Jesus’ role as our High Priest and our role as priestly believers.