Here’s the overview on this book by The Bible Project. I’m so thankful for the work they do! They make this overly-detailed book in the Bible come alive and tie in seamlessly with the gospel.
It’s interesting starting this book on the heels of reading Luke. We read a detailed story about the atonement for our sins by the son of God and now we’re stepping back and reading about what atonement looked like before Jesus. And it looked bloody and complicated.
Chapter 2 gives the specifications of how to give a grain offering to the Lord. The Bible Project overview defined this as a way for God’s people to say thank you. Bake something really complicated with or without honey. And apparently this offering will be considered a most holy part of the special gifts presented to the Lord (2:10). My initial reaction is think, wow, I’m glad I’m not bogged down by a bunch of specific hoops to jump through to repent or show thanks to God. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t required to sacrifice to God. He tells us our lives are to be poured out as a living sacrifice to him, not just our baked goods. We don’t get to compartmentalize areas of our life to him, every moment belongs to him.
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1
How are you showing thankfulness to God? What are you offering up to him?
It’s easy to glaze over the book of Leviticus; it’s not exactly a roaring narrative. But I’m thankful to see what Israel endured to be in God’s presence. It gives me perspective on what I take for granted in my relationship with the Lord and reminds me of how perfectly holy he is, deserving of all revere.