By now I think you should understand that one of the main reasons we study Scripture is to extract from all of the stories, rituals, and commands the underlying heavenly or spiritual principles upon which they are based.
For instance, some folks may think it’s not necessary to study Leviticus because “I’m not Jewish” or “We don’t have to offer up animal sacrifices anymore”.
As true as that may be, they’re missing the point because, again, the point of studying Scripture is to gain a solid understanding of how the mind of God works and absorb and internalize the spiritual principles that existed even before the foundation of the world.
YHVH is communicating how both the physical and spiritual realms of this universe function through all of the rituals, commands, and stories in Scripture.
I’m talking about wisdom, real Godly wisdom, that will enable you to prosper in this world and the next.
Maybe if you would approach some of what is considered the more “boring” parts of Bible from this perspective, you might find the study of Scripture, ALL of Scripture, to be much more exciting.
With that said, let’s look at one of the main underlying principles communicated to us in Leviticus.
The Psalmist articulated it quite well when he wrote the following:
“All have turned aside,
they have together become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
What’s being communicated here is that uncleanliness and sin are universal.
Heck, we’ve just seen that the future High Priest of Israel (Aaron) was no different than any other man in terms of his unclean or sin nature.
Even Aaron and his sons had to be purified before beginning their service for the Lord.
In addition, we learned that uncleanliness and sin are contagious, like a disease.
Now one point most folks have difficulty understanding is that the Levitical sacrificial system was never intended to be a “once and for all” cure for sin.
Sure there were sacrifices that allowed for the forgiveness of certain individual sins (called “unintentional sins” in Torah).
And there were the sacrifices that covered men’s corrupt natures so that one could approach God.
But the Lord never intended the Levitical sacrificial system to be the final remedy for man’s sin.
The Levitical sacrificial system could NOT remove man’s corrupt nature, but it was never intended to.
Misunderstanding this crucial point is what has led many to misunderstand Paul when he said “Christ is better than the Law”.
His whole point was that ONLY the sacrifice of Yeshua is capable of atoning for man’s sinful nature.
When Paul said that the Levitical priests could not remove the corrupt nature of men, it wasn’t a criticism nor a condemnation of the Levitical sacrificial system.
It was a pointed observation.
His whole point was the sacrificial system couldn’t remedy man’s sin problem BECAUSE it wasn’t designed for that purpose.
This is what Paul meant when he said “Christ is better than the Law”.
He was saying that Christ could do what the Law couldn’t.
It wasn’t a negative comparison to the Law.
He wasn’t saying the Law or the sacrificial system failed.
The purpose of the Law was to teach man what sin and righteousness is.
The purpose of the Law was NEVER to save man.
That was the purpose of the sacrifice of Yeshua (whose name means salvation by the way).
Think of it like this.
Would you curse and criticize your refrigerator because it isn’t capable of heating up your TV dinner?
Of course not, right?
Because you very well know (at least I hope you do) that the purpose of a refrigerator is not to heat up food but to preserve food via the medium of coldness.
It’s the same thing with the Law and/or the Levitical sacrificial system.
To curse or criticize the Law because it couldn’t “save” men is the same thing as cursing and criticizing your refrigerator because it isn’t capable of heating up your TV dinner.
It was never intended for that purpose.
Salvation was Yeshua’s job and He accomplished it!
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“But now the work Yeshua has been given to do
is far superior to theirs,
just as the covenant he mediates is better.
For this covenant has been given as Torah
on the basis of better promises.
Indeed, if the first covenant had not given ground
for faultfinding, there would have been no need
for a second one.”
NEXT TIME WE BEGIN LEVITICUS CHAPTER 9