Leviticus, Deuteronomy (Letters 3 & 5, Larry Crabb’s 66 Love Letters)
Leviticus – God’s main plan is to make us holy, instead of being used as a tool to solve our problems.
Leviticus – David Jeremiah (Understanding the 66 Books of the Bible)
Key thought: God expects His people to reflect His holiness, not just in rituals but in reality.
Key Verse: Leviticus 11:44 New King James Version (NKJV)
For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy
Key Action: Whenever sin occurs in life, we should confess it promptly, consecrate ourselves anew, and remain committed to personal holiness.
Leviticus: The Way to Wholeness – From Ray Stedman<-(click here for entire Bible summary)
Leviticus 20:26 – You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.
And if you read wholeness in place of holiness everywhere you find it in the Bible, you will be much closer to what the writers meant. We all know what wholeness is. It is to have together all the parts which were intended to be there, and to have them functioning as they were intended to function.
And He looks at us in our brokenness and says to us, “You too, shall be whole.” Don’t you want to be what God made you to be, with all the ingredients of your personality expressed in balance? That is what the book of Leviticus is all about. In fact, so is the whole Bible.
T. S. Eliot says,
All our knowledge brings us only closer to our ignorance,
And our ignorance brings us closer to death.
But closeness to death does not bring us closer to God.
And then he asks this question:
Where is the life we have lost in living?
First comes God’s provision, and then the performance which results from that provision.
But notice the order! God never mentions performance to us until he has fully discussed provision.
In closing, we should return to our key verse:
“You shall be whole because I am whole, and therefore I am separating you from the peoples in order that you should be mine.” That, finally, is what God is aiming at. He wants us to be his.