Today you should read: Leviticus 2
The book of Leviticus is primarily how to deal with sin and impurity. The first several chapters all revolve around giving offerings to the Lord. The ESV Study Bible says, “The use of fine flour as well as the costly spice frankincense suggests that the Israelites were to present their very best to the Lord.”
The importance of these offerings should remind us of Genesis 4:
Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard.
God gives the reason why in verse 7:
7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”
Even though Leviticus and the books of the law focus on obeying the law externally, the internal obedience of the law is still just as important. God desires that we obey and respond to him in a pure heart that is an overflow of true love for Him.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate
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