Each January many Christians resolve to read the Bible from beginning to end. When they get to Leviticus some give up, and others quickly scan through the book or bypass it altogether. Don’t be intimidated, but study it carefully for many reasons:
The Significance of its Writer. Moses was not insignificant; he was the greatest of Old Testament men. He should be listened to.
The Sovereignty of its Author. Moses wrote but God authored Leviticus. It has more of God’s direct words than any other Biblical book.
The Shortness of its Focus. Genesis covers 2500 years, Exodus 360 years, and Leviticus about 30 days. The Lord directs our attention from wide-angle to close-up important truths.
The System of its Teaching. God speaks sometimes plainly and simply. At other times He uses parables and illustrations. In Leviticus, He often uses symbolical teaching. The Old Testament “shadows” give depth to the clear New Testament revelation of Christ.
The Solemnity of its Message. The key to Leviticus is not hard to find. Look for the words holiness and atonement, and you will see how sinful man can be made “at-one” with the holy God.
The Statements on the Blood. Leviticus is hated by the modernists mostly because of its emphasis on the blood sacrifice. The key verse is “It is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul.” [17:11].
The Saviour that is Presented. Jesus Christ is found on every page of Leviticus. Keep the above in mind as you read. Pray before you read that God will reveal Christ in the book. Leviticus will not be a drudgery but a delight.