1. The name Leviticus is from the Greek translation and means “pertaining to the Levites”.
2. The original Hebrew title was Wayyiqra which means “and we summoned”.
3. Moses is the accepted author
4. The book centers on how God’s people can sustain a right relationship with Him.
5. The first way is to enter a relationship with God based on forgiveness of sins.
6. Forgiveness is obtained by offering the right sacrifice the right way and by the right priest.
7. The second path to a right relationship with God is by living according to his regulations.
8. This means that His people are separate and are different from others.
9. Leviticus teaches that God in His holiness has the right to instruct His people down to the smallest detail.
10. Many of the chapters on the priesthood (chapter 21 and chapter 22) foreshadow Christ’s perfection as the ultimate priest.
11. “Blood” occurs more than sixty times in Leviticus. Clearly it is an important concept. Blood is outpoured through ritual sacrifice and is the key to atoning for sins (17:11).
12. This knowledge helps us to understand the violent death of Christ.
13. Chapters 1-10 involve the laws on sacrifice and priesthood. Chapters 11-16 deal with uncleanliness in a variety of ways. Chapters 17-26 contain laws concerning holy living, and chapter 27 instructs followers regarding tithes and vows.
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