Leviticus gets a very bad rap. It's somewhat understandable, but it's the first of the large cemeteries that exist on the journey of people who decide they're going to read through the Bible in a year. Maybe you've experienced it before. You've hit January, and you've gotten all excited about this New Year's resolution of, "This year is going to be the year!" You head out, determined to make it through, and you start wading into the deep waters of Leviticus. It begins to test the staying power of you continuing, and the temptation to just flip through those pages and get to the next story of excitement gets pretty huge.
It's understandable because if you've been with us over the past two weeks, you've seen that the book of Genesis is this awesome story, right? It's this epic narrative. Creation, this people group, Adam and Eve, what happens with them, and the awesome stories that happen through Abraham's lineage and Jacob and Isaac and, of course, Joseph.
Then you get to the book of Exodus. How awesome is that? There have been movies made about the book of Exodus because here you have this group of people, this race of people who are under great political oppression. Then here comes this individual called by God who saves them, calls them out, and brings them out of this place of oppression. It's exciting. It's awesome.
Then you get to Leviticus, and you have little to no narrative in the book of Leviticus. The book of Leviticus is a list of rules and procedures. It feels a lot like if you were to open up the U.S. IRS tax code and just beginning reading through it from front cover to back. Let's be honest. That's what it feels like sometimes.
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