Leviticus can seem like the dullest book in the Bible. But if we understand its significance in light of God’s plan of redemption, maybe we can read Leviticus in a new light.
Exodus closes out with the building of the tabernacle. It was a portable sanctuary the Israelites used for worship. It was the primary place for encounters between God and His people. God wanted His people to know He was with them wherever they traveled.
For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. Exodus 40:38.
Then comes Leviticus and the Mosaic Law.
For 27 chapters God lays down laws for His people. Laws for acceptable approach to God, laws for the priests, laws about purity, laws of national atonement, sanctification of the people, of the priesthood, in worship, in the land of Canaan and through vows.
Why Were These Laws Important?
Think about it. The Jews were barely a people group. For the first time in their lives they weren’t slaves. This was the first time they ever lived as free men. Independence was a new concept. All they knew how to do was make bricks.
They had no laws. They had no organization. They had no gods. They were acustomed to lots of Gods. The Egyptians had a bunch of gods and goddesses. Now, according to Moses’ stone tablets, they were to have only one God. “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:1-2.
They needed God’s laws and God’s guidance so they could survive in the land God had promised them and be the people God intended them to be. With the Israelites God created the foundation for the nation of Israel to perpetuate God’s redemption plan for His people He had chosen.
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Deu 7:6-8 (KJV)