Learning to read in Leviticus

This morning I spoke on the year-long ‘life-lesson’ that God gave His people at Mount Sinai. The book of Leviticus is the seminar notes of this twelve month tutorial.  As we go into Leviticus in our SOAP readings this week, you may find it helpful to catch up by clicking the play button below. You can also download it to a mobile device here.

My youngest son is just learning to read.  Once again the simple stories of Biff, Chip & Floppy fill the rooms of our home.  In my day it was Peter & Jane or was it Janet & John?  At the time of Jesus every Jewish child would have their learning based on The Torah, the first five books of the Bible:  Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy.  In fact they would not only learn to read these books but memorize them by heart.

So years later when Peter, the disciple, wrote about Jesus it would have been no accident that his words were full of the Old Testament, which, after all, and as we have been seeing, is all about Jesus, especially in Leviticus:

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.  1 Peter 1:18-21