What’s the Book of Leviticus About?
In the book of Leviticus, God establishes the moral and purity laws that serve to set Israel apart from other nations. Therein, God invites Israel to live in close proximity to His holy presence. Which seems awesome, but it’s actually dangerous. This book explores how the sacrificial rituals and purity practices cleared the way for morally corrupt Israelites to become God’s covenant partners.
• Watch this 2016 overview video by BibleProject on Leviticus (8 min.): narrated by Timothy Mackie and Jonathan Collins.
God graciously provides a way for people to live in his presence. God desires to live with Israel, but even Moses is unable to enter the Tabernacle. How can Israel, with all their moral corruption, become God’s covenant partners to bless the nations?
The Tabernacle God made a covenant with Israel and brought his own presence to dwell with them. However, Israel cannot enter his presence because of their corruption. In response, God introduces a set of sacrifices, the priesthood, and purity laws in the book of Leviticus. Through sacrifice, God made a way for both praise and forgiveness. This book concludes with a call to covenant faithfulness. Despite the sin and impurity of Israel, God made a way for sin to be covered, allowing Israel to live near God.