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Wednesday – Leviticus 26-27

1. What blessings for obedience would God shower down upon the land? (verses 1-8) What was the greatest blessing for obedience? (verses 11,12)

2. God’s faithfulness and love are shown to us both in blessing and in discipline. What

does that say to us as parents? As Christians concerned about fellow Christians? (See James 5:20.)

3.  God commanded that his people set aside a tenth of everything they earned to remind them that it was God who was blessing them.  We, as New Testament Christians, are no longer under a command to give a specific percentage.  What should our attitude be when it comes to giving?  Why is it a good practice to set aside a portion of our income in thanks to God each time we are paid?

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Tuesday – Leviticus 23-25

1. How do these Old Testament festivals find New Testament fulfillment?

•     Passover (John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:7)

•     Firstfruits (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)

•     Pentecost (Acts 2)

•     Feast of Trumpets (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

•     Day of Atonement (Hebrews 9:7)

•     Feast of Tabernacles (Revelation 21:1-5)

2.  Note in chapter 24 how serious God is about people taking his name in vain. What should that tell us about how we treat his name in our conversation today?

3. Both the Sabbath Year and the Year of Jubilee invitedIsraelto trust God to provide. This was especially true of the Year of Jubilee, sinceIsraelwas not to plant or harvest for two years in a row (49th and 50th years). Why is it so difficult to trust God to provide all we need?

 

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Monday – Leviticus 20-22

1. In his Old Testament law, God deals harshly with sexual sins.  His main reason is found in 20:7 & 26.  How does that apply to us in New Testament times?  See 1 Corinthians 6:18-20.   We are made holy in Christ!

2. In chapter 21, the Lord gives special rules for his priests that serve in the temple. They are held to a higher standard.  How is that true for pastors today?  See 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

3. Note the basic point of  22:17-25 –  Don’t bring a second-rate sacrifice, something you would rather not have at home or in your flocks anyway. What lesson does the Lord want to teach us?

 

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Saturday – Leviticus 18-19

1.  Note how God sanctified the relation of marriage of one man and one woman by prohibiting all other sexual relations.  What had happened to the Canaanites because of their sexual sins?   See 18:24-25.

2.  These two chapters combine some things we still obey, with other commands that we do not.  How can you tell what applies?  Only the New Testament tells us what commandments are God’s will for all time.  That is why we must use the New Testament, such as Romans 1:26,27 to point out the sin of homosexuality, and not Leviticus 18:22.

3.  Lev. 19:2 as a key concept for believers of all times.  Peter quotes it in 1 Peter 1:16 and Jesus rewords it in Matt. 5:48.   We can never do this completely! How can we be holy?  See Hebrews 10:14.

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Friday – Leviticus 16-17

1.  The greatest day in the worship life of the people was “Yom Kippur” the Day of Atonement.  God is so holy that anything earthly must be cleansed and atoned for. What did that include, according to 16:16?

2.  When is the Day of Atonement?  16:29.  You will find it on your calendars in the fall.  Remember that God used a lunar calendar, which started in the spring, so the days don’t line up with our calendars.  The 10th day of the month would always fall on a Tuesday.

3.  What two reasons does God give for forbidding the eating of blood? See 17:11. Even though we are freed from this law, in New Testament times, they still observed this prohibition because it was so offensive to Jewish Christians. See Acts 15:29. 

 

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Thursday – Leviticus 12-15

Note:  The Light Bible made this a long reading – intending that you might want to skim some of these chapters. 

1.  It is interesting to note that blood from the sacrifices (for us – Jesus!) made a person clean, but your own blood made you unclean.  What does that tell you about trying to handle your own sins?

2.  Chapter 12 is significant, because this is what Mary and Joseph carried out on the 40th day after Jesus’ birth.  That’s when they went to the temple for this day of cleansing for Mary, and also met Simeon and Anna!  See Luke 2:22-24.

3.  God used some of his regulations to keep people healthier, like isolating infectious diseases and wiping out mildew and fungus in a house.  However, the main intention of those regulations was spiritual.  Their main intent is:  how can I be “clean” before God?   What is the answer for us today?

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Wednesday – Leviticus 10-11

1.  How did God show that he was serious that the priests, who came into his presence, follow his instructions exactly?

2.  There are some churches today who teach that God still places restrictions upon certain foods or drinks. What guidance in this matter does the Holy Spirit give us through Paul in Colossians 2:16-23 and 1 Timothy 6:17?

3.  Is overeating a sin?  Does American society foster the practice of overeating? Discuss this in light of 1 Corinthians 10:31. How might our attitude toward food make food unclean?

 

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Tuesday – Leviticus 7-9

1.  What was God teaching his people by establishing a priesthood?  Read 1 Timothy 2:5.

2.  How was anointing oil used to symbolize the total dedication of both the high priest and the tabernacle itself? (8:10-12)

3.  How would you prepare if you were told, “Today the Lord will appear to you”? (9:4)

 

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Monday – Leviticus  4-6

1.  Note each time in chapter 4 that it talks about sacrificing a bull, the guilty people are required to put their hands upon the head of the animal signifying that the animal was carrying their guilt.  Of what does that remind us, when we see Jesus as our sacrifice? 

2.  Chapter 4 also talks about unintentional sins.  Why was a sacrifice needed if people didn’t intend to commit a sin?   What does that teach us about the sins we commit in our lives which aren’t intentional?

3.  All of the explanations of the sacrifices in this section are very graphic and violent.  If you were around the tabernacle, you certainly saw a lot of blood.  What did that teach the Israelites about their sins?   What does that teach you about your sins?  (Compare these chapters with Paul’s words in Romans 6:23).

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Saturday – Leviticus 2-3

1.  Chapter 2 summarizes the grain offering.  Its meaning:  all the fruits of our labor are to be given to the Lord.  What could not be added to the grain offering?   What does that symbolize?  See 1 Corinthians 5:7,8

2.  What needed be added to the grain offering, 2:13?   Paul says that’s how we should be!  See Colossians 4:6.  What does that mean?

3.  Chapter 3 summarizes the fellowship or peace offering.  Only part of the animal was burned on the altar.  Which parts?  The meat portions were eaten by the priests and the worshipper.  That’s where the fellowship idea comes in.    This sacrifice was used to give special thanks to God for a particular blessing.  Today when God blesses us, how can we apply thoughts from this sacrifice?

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