So far we have thoroughly studied the first four Levitical sacrifices and are currently in the midst of examining the 5th one known as the ASHAM in Hebrew.
Today I just wanted to take a quick pause and check in with everybody.
I imagine some of you may be feeling overwhelmed by the many meticulous rules and procedures connected with each sacrifice as well as the incomprehensible tiny differences between the sorts of things these sacrifices were meant to deal with.
If you are feeling a bit over over your head, it’s probably because you were or are a Sunday church-going Christian who has spent a lifetime being taught that far from being complex, the subject of sin and atonement was quite simple and straightforward.
If I was to sum up the doctrinal assumptions of Western Christians, it would be as follows:
All sins are the same in the eyes of the Lord.
Yeshua is the remedy for ALL sins of mankind.
Well, the truth be told, 2 out of the 3 above premises just happen to be true.
Everybody does sin and the remedy for our sins is only one thing, Yeshua’s sacrifice.
However, what is an absolute falsity is the idea that all sins are the same in the eyes of God.
Sin and atonement is not a straightforward matter that can be neatly packaged into some 4 spiritual laws nonsense.
Sin is complex and can sneak up on us in so many insidious ways.
It takes on many aspects and that’s why we need to understand it.
I remind you that Leviticus along with the other books of the Torah were written and preserved for our learning, so that we may be well equipped to stand against the evil one and do mighty works for the kingdom.
But it’s going to take a bit of work.
I’m talking about good ‘ole fashioned, sit down and concentrate until the sweat drips from your forehead study!
In this fast-food, instant text messaging society we live in today, sitting down to focus on something for more than a few minutes at a time is not popular, but if we’re going to really learn our Bibles, it is necessary.
In terms of spiritual nutrition, Bible study is like eating our vegetables.
We may want to snack on a bag of Doritos instead.
But we all know that spells disaster for our spiritual growth.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Study to show thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
-2 Timothy 2:15