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1. What are the requirements of a grain offering?

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2. What are the requirements of the peace offering?

3. What is prohibited in Leviticus 3:17?

For review of the Tabernacle and the furnishings, see Exodus – Preview of the TabernacleTabernacle Part 1 , Tabernacle Part 2, Tabernacle Part 3, Tabernacle Part 4, Tabernacle Part 5Tabernacle Part 6Tabernacle Part 7Tabernacle Part 8 .

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If you are just joining us as we continue in the Words of His Mouth series of Bible Studies, we have already completed the books of Genesis and Exodus. You can find those studies by doing a search on this site. This post begins our study of Leviticus. But before we begin, a little review.

Review:
1. How many books are in the Bible?

2. What are the 5 divisions of the Old Testament?

3. In what division is the Book of Leviticus?

4. Who is the author of Leviticus?

The name “Leviticus” means “that which pertains to the Levites.” You may recall the tribe of Levi was to be the Priestly tribe, the tribe that was in charge of worship, and sacrifices. The book of Leviticus outlines the laws pertaining to sacrificial offerings. It also addresses some other issues related to holiness and living a holy life before God.

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5. What are the requirements of the burnt offering?

6. What animals can be used?

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Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets) is one of the 7 holidays instituted by God which were intended to be times to meet with God.  It was NOT one of the feasts during which Jewish males were required to go to Jerusalem.  Rosh HaShanah marks the beginning of the Civil New Year on the Jewish calendar.  The 10 days of repentance that follow and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) make up the High Holy Days for Jewish people.

Prior to Rosh HaShanah, the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown to call people to repentance and to remind them that it is  time for the holy days.

In Leviticus chapter 23, the LORD spoke to Moses regarding this feast day saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.’

The Jewish tradition teaches that God writes every person’s words, deeds and thoughts in the Book of Life, and He opens it and examines it on Rosh HaShanah.  Jewish tradition further holds that if an individual’s good deeds outnumber sinful ones for the year, that person’s name will be inscribed in the book for another year on Yom Kippur.  As a result, during Rosh HaShanah and the 10 days of repentance following it, people can repent and do good deeds to increase the likelihood that their names will be written in the Book of Life the following year.

Many Christians believe that Rosh HaShanah along with the other 2 fall holidays (Day of Atonement and Feast of Booths) will be fulfilled at the second coming of Christ.

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Easter is easy to locate in Leviticus . . . just follow the blood.  If you have read through the Bible, you may remember Leviticus as one of the more challenging books to get through.

In a chapter near the middle of the book, we find out the purpose of all the blood-letting and sacrifice outlined in Leviticus and other books of the law.  Leviticus 17:11 says, ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

The statement, “for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” is a center piece of God’s plan for salvation.  Atonement is defined by dictionary.com as “satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury; amends.”  Had we been alive when sacrifices were being offered in the Tabernacle or the Temple, we would have seen blood flowing from the altar and out of the place of worship.  Blood (the sacrifice of life that it represents) and worship are intertwined and inseparable in the Bible.  For the worshiper to be able to meet God, it took a lot of spilled blood and the loss of at least one animal’s life.

Formula for meeting with God:

Prepare for worship = spill blood (give up life)

The picture of the sacrifice with the blood spilling out to atone for the sin of the one seeking to approach God was a picture of what was to come when God sent His only Son to be the perfect and final sacrifice.  .

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One of the purposes of this blog is to provide accurate information about the Bible in an easy-to-understand format.

The following are links to the posts in the  Bible Basics – Old Testament Overview series:

Bible Basics (Part 1)

Bible Basics (Part 2)

Bible Basics (Part 3)

Bible Basics (Part 4)

Bible Basics (Part 5)

Bible Basics (Part 6)

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