This week’s study section is the beginning of the book Leviticus. In it, we encounter what is commonly referred to as the Levitical Sacrifices or Offerings. Instead of plowing into the “sacrifices” directly, I will attempt to look at this section in a broader context in order to understand the most basic meaning of the section. In addition, I will consider the origin of the word which English translators call “sacrifice”. This will help us understand the true significance of this section. [Read more…]
The first thing that God commanded Israel once the covenant had been consummated was:
And let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them (Exodus 25:8).
Later He declared that He had brought Israel out of Egypt for this purpose (Exodus 29:45-46). Moses was given the specifications for God’s house. A free-will offering was taken to assemble the construction materials and Moses chose skilled workers to construct it. Finally, after several months of work, the house was completed. It was erected and dedicated on the first day of the first month of the second year of Israel’s journey. When it was dedicated, God’s Glory filled the tabernacle. [Read more…]
In this section of the Bible we will consider three different themes: Shabbat, the Golden Calf incident and what I will call the “test of Messiah”.
The Shabbat (Sabbath)
The first subject is the Shabbat. God declared:
“But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying “You shall surely observe My Sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.” (Exodus 31:13),
As soon as the covenant between God and Israel was consummated, God immediately instructed Israel to build a special house that He could dwell in.
“And let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8).
Later God declared that He had brought Israel out of Egypt for this very purpose. [Read more…]
God spoke what we call the “Ten Commandments” in the hearing of all of Israel. The people were terrified and requested that Moses hear from God on their behalf. So, God gave the more detailed commandments to Moses who then relayed them to Israel. According to Rabbinical reckoning, there are 613 commandments. These commandments define what I will call a “Biblical lifestyle” for God’s people. [Read more…]