Today's passage: Leviticus 22
- Laws (And their explanations/exceptions) continue from chapter 21.
- These laws were also beneficial to the people of Israel outside of the priesthood. It ensured whatever they offered to the Lord would remain ceremonially “clean” and fit for use in the tabernacle. The priests had a responsibility before the Lord and the people to do their work with excellence.
- The priests were to be set apart and without blemish in their role, and so were the animals for sacrifice. The Lord would only accept a sacrifice that was without blemish or defect. Being without sin, Christ became our “sacrificial lamb.”
Questions to consider:
- As we come closer to the end of Leviticus, what themes have formed? Even though there have been several different commands, what ideas/principles tie them all together?
- What reasons were given for the obedience of Israel in verses 31-33? How might we state this for the people of God (The Church) today? Why should we obey the Lord?
- How did we become the Lord's? How were we redeemed? With what were we purchased to become His people?