The Cross in Leviticus (An Overview)
All the ceremonies and offerings of OT are the shadows and pictures of Jesus Christ. He is present in symbols and signs. 17 of 27 Chapters in Leviticus include portions relating to sacrifices (1-10,12,14-16,22-24). As the letter t, which symbolises Cross (✝), is in the centre of Leviticus ( Levi✝icus), the Cross of Jesus Christ is the focus of Leviticus.
The book of Leviticus can be divided into two parts:
Chapter 1-17 ➡ How to approach God
It reveals our inadequacy as a sinful people and set forth God's answer to that inadequacy. It contains a series of Five Offerings that symbolises the voluntary offering of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross for our sins.
1) Burnt Offering (1:3-17; 6:8-13)
~ Christ's Provision: Atonement
~ Christ's Character: Sinless
2) Grain/Meal Offering (2:1-16; 6:14-23)
~ Christ's Provision: Dedication/Consecration
~ Christ's Character: Wholly devoted to Father's Will
3) Fellowship/Peace Offering (3:1-17; 7:11-36)
~ Christ's Provision: Reconciliation
~ Christ's Character: He was at peace with God
4) Sin Offering (4:1-5:13; 6:24-30)
~Christ's Provision: Propitiation
~ Christ's Character: His substitutionary death
5) Guilt/Trespass Offering (5:14-6:7;7:1-10)
~ Christ's Provision: Repentance
~ Christ's Character: He paid it all for redemption
(@ The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Page 145)
Chapter 18-27 ➡ How to live
This section reveals what God expects us in response, instructing us in his standard to live holy and sanctified lives ➡ distinct from the world around us.
Holiness is a strong theme in Leviticus , and God himself is the standard for his people.
✒ 11: 44-45; 19:2; 20:26 Be holy, because I am holy is His expectation.
May the good Lord help us to understand His Word, and enables us to walk and live a life worthy of the calling.
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP
A Strange Spectacle...Slained Suddenly in the Smokey Strange Fire.... Leviticus 1-2
It is so strange to read that the same fire that accepted their burnt offering during the start of their Priestly Ministry, Leviticus 7:24, consumed the older sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, the two Priests who were the next in line to be the High Priest, and who had the first hand knowledge about God's Laws and ordinances? Leviticus 10:3.
They had the audacity to offer Strange Fire in the Presence of Jehovah God and had their Priestly Ministry cut short prematurely by death by Fire.
What was the Strange Fire they had offered?
According to the law of first mention, which is a guideline to study the Bible, it says that to understand a particular word, we must find the first place in Scripture where the word is mentioned and study that passage.
The reasoning is that, the Bible’s first mention of a word, is the simplest and clearest presentation to fully understand a particular word in the rest of the Bible.
The word "Strange" appears first in the Bible in Genesis 35:2, in association with "Strange gods"
Therefore, according to the law first mention, Nadab and Abihu offered the incense that was offered to strange foreign gods, which was abominable and it kindled the fire from the Lord.
Specific instructions were given for making the incense in Exodus 30:34-38, with severe warning that misuse of the incense for personal use will result in being cut off, which means separated permanently from the community of the people, which includes punishment by death.
Mourning for sons and siblings were strictly forbidden by Moses. Aaron and his sons must not mourn the death of Nadab and Abihu with the rest of the relatives, Leviticus 10: 6-7. They were told not to leave the entrance of the Sanctuary.
Nadab's and Abihu's death was considered to be Right and Righteous Act of God. So, it is business as usual, keep on Worshipping God, because they were Anointed and Appointed by God to Minister unto Him. The incense represented Spiritually the Prayer and Worship, which was pleasing to God, and Practically, it removed the fleshy smell of the animal sacrifice.
Here is another strange incident...
A few verses down, Aaron's sons, Eleazar and Ithamar violates the ordinances of God by not eating their share of the Burnt Offering and Sin Offering in the sanctuary and instead burnt them up, Leviticus 10:16.
They saw how their brothers were burnt to death for violating the ordinances of God, and yet did not do what Moses asked them to do in Leviticus 10:12-15.
Moses was upset when he found out and asked for an explanation.
Aaron explained that after the death of his sons, he would not be able to eat the sin and the burnt offering with a sincere heart, and this goes for Eleazar and Ithamar. Moses was happy, content and satisfied with the answer.
Why did God not consume Eleazar and Ithamar by fire?
Nadab and Abihu deliberately disobeyed God, Obedience is better than Sacrifice, 1Samuel 15:22. Eleazar and Abihu could not eat the Sacrifice with a Sincere Heart. Worshipping God in Truth and Spirit with the right attitude, is important.
What does all this means for us as the New Testament Believers?
Child of God, the fire that Nadab and Abihu introduced to the altar had not been purified or consecrated. For that, God took their lives. Nadab and Abihu carried the DNA of their Daddy Aaron who made the Golden Calf, and his sons went further by offering Unauthorized Fire in the Most Holy Place.
Even though we are living on the Finished side of the Cross, the Fear of the Lord is still the Beginning of Wisdom, Proverbs 9:10, and there is to be a godly fear inspired by respect for the One we adore and worship, when we come into His Presence. Fear of God, is not simply a trembling before Him, but a sense of Reverence and Awe because of His Glorious Holiness..... Amen?
Simple thoughts for deeper meditation.
Leviticus: 2:13"You shall season all your grain offering with salt. You shall not let the salt of covenant with your God be missing from your grain offering, with all your offerings you shall offer salt"
In the above verse we see two words," salt " and "salt of the covenant" As all of us know, salt is formed by the evaporation
of the sea water, with the help of Sun. Jesus said "You are the salt of the earth". ( Mathew: 5:13) Why did Jesus use this
analogy? To become the salt we must be separated from the sea. Sea denotes the Satanic world according to Bible (Revelation: 13:1) It is pertinent to note that when John had the vision of the new heaven and the new earth,re created by God for His redeemed ones, there was no sea (Revel: 21:1)
For evaporation, sun is essential. The Scripture says, "For the Lord God is a Sun and shield. (Psalm:84:ll) Also," But unto you that fear my name, shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings. ( Malachi:4: 2)
When we will be set apart from this wicked world, by the heat and light of the Almighty, or in other words, when we are saved by the blood of Jesus, we will become shining crystals of pure, white salt, with the qualities of savour, preservation and healing.
God seeks this salt to be added to all the offerings.
Now, coming to the salt of the Covenant, we must know about the Covenants, God made with His people. They are, Edenic, Nohaic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Priestly, and Davidic. God Himself called the last two ones, viz, Priestly and Davidic as "the Covenant of the salt". (Read:Numbers:18:19 and 2 Chronicles: 13:5)
The Covenant of salt reminds us of the faithfulness and unchanging attribute of God.
Honey is sweet, but God forbade it to add in the Sacrifices, as the Gentiles used it for brewing liquors which was abomiable to God. Some items, which seem to be tasty and sweet to us are detestable to God, during the time of our worship. Instead, let us become the salt acceptable to Him, and remember the "Covenant of the salt," in all our worships.
Dr. Thomas David.