The Census

and The census was for those 20+ who were able to serve in Israel’s army: 603,550 men; probably over 2 million in total (NIV Study Bible notes). That’s a lot of people wandering around in the desert!! Enormous emphasis is given to men and male children. No wonder we have a male dominated society and […]

Day of Atonement

and The scapegoat is introduced (Leviticus 16:8-10). Allowed to escape sacrifice, the scapegoat is set free into the wilderness. The rules are harsh from our perspective, but it seems that God has a significant battle to change the hearts of these people. I am the Lord your God. You must not do as they do […]

Purification

Cleansing: skin diseases, molds and discharges. Rules and procedures. The takeaway for me is being “unclean” marks you as an outcast, an untouchable. This might last until evening, a week or more depending on what unclean event has occurred. While there were probably practical reasons for all of these rules, it seems important to appreciate […]

Offerings (Leviticus begins)

and Several offerings are defined in the beginning of Leviticus. The following synopses are from the NIV Study Bible, p.164: The Burnt Offerings: Voluntary act of worship Atonement for unintentional sin in general Expression of devotion Commitment and complete surrender to God The Grain Offering Voluntary act of worship Recognition of God’s goodness and provisions […]