Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 13:15-16; Leviticus – Worship without Sacrifice is Just Words

| March 22, 2014

Incentives or motivation for righteousness in the OT was very personal, even “base” by New Covenant standards. And yet, sometimes what sin “costs” us can and should be motivating; it can cost us relationships, self-respect, all more important than money, and yet…. Imagine the personal financial cost of offering sacrifices in bygone years. You sinned, […]

Leviticus 1:9 – Holy Smoke

| February 24, 2014

“The primary sense is that the burnt offering goes up as smoke. From a theological perspective, one may say that the act of burning is more concerned with transformation than incineration….What has been placed on the altar is literally an animal. The ritual has transformed the animal into something else – smoke – and this […]

Leviticus – Law, Grace and Love

| February 10, 2014

Leviticus is a book of law, grace and love. Obeying sacrificial laws bring us grace undeserved because of other laws broken. Amazingly, these and other laws can be divided into two love categories: The First Great Commandment of Love (chs.1-16); The Second Great Commandment of Love (chs. 17-27). Law, grace, and love is being holy […]

Leviticus – Praying through the Bible #40 – A Prayer that is a Sacrifice

| March 5, 2013

Reading Leviticus, I see no prayers; but much blood, many sacrifices, legalistic commands, details, entrails, and yes even much grace. Every sacrifice is about grace. So how can a book of no prayers help us pray through the Bible? Sacrifices are prayers and prayers are sacrifices. David pleads, “May my prayer be set before You […]

Leviticus 1:1 – Location, Location, Location

| April 9, 2011

Location, location, location. Those are the three rules of real estate. Sometimes the most innocuous statement can have great meaning. Sometimes from where something is said is as important as what is said. Would anyone deny where Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a Dream” speech gave the speech even more gravitas both […]

Leviticus – Outline

| March 21, 2011

1-16 – Holiness within Religion Holiness towards God 1-4 of 10 Commandments The Greatest Command Sacrifices in Loving God – Religion 17-27 – Holiness within Relationships Holiness towards Others 6-10 of 10 Commandments The Second Greatest Command Sacrifices in Loving One Another – Morality (including Justice)

Exodus 32 and Leviticus 10 – The Golden Calf and Strange Fire

| March 20, 2011

Both the Golden Calf worship and the offering of strange fire by Nadab and Abihu have much in common, have too much in common. Both take place at the foot of Sinai. Both take place with God’s special servants. Both take place in close proximity to something special. Both break God’s commands. And both narratives […]

Leviticus – NASB vs. HCSB vs. ESV

| March 10, 2011

Leviticus 25:55 – NASB vs. HCSB vs. ESV

| March 10, 2011

Leviticus 25:55 NASB  ‘For the sons of Israel are My servants; they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 25:55 HCSB  For the Israelites are My slaves. They are My slaves I brought out of the land of Egypt; I am the LORD […]

Leviticus 13:47 – NASB vs. HCSB vs. ESV

| March 10, 2011

Leviticus 13:47 NASB  “When a garment has a mark of leprosy in it, whether it is a wool garment or a linen garment, Leviticus 13:47 HCSB  “If a fabric is contaminated with mildew–in wool or linen fabric, Leviticus 13:47 ESV  “When there is a case of leprous disease in a garment, whether a woolen or […]