Summary of Leviticus


If you were a boy in an ancient Israel and your great - great - great-grandfather was named Levi, you would be born with your career already planned. You would know where you live, what to wear, and exactly how to do your job. That is because the descendants of Levi -the Levites- were Israel's original priests and Leviticus was manual that they followed in the leading people in worship.

The priests were the religious leaders in the Old Testament. They served God by preparing sacrifices to God from people. People offered sacrifices to thank God and to ask for forgiveness for sins.

Priests were also responsible for maintaining the meeting place or “Tabernacle.” Many of the regulations in Leviticus deal with its worship in the Meeting Tent. -a portable sanctuary used as the Israelites that wandered in the wilderness after being freed from slavery in Egypt. The worship regulations also applied to the the Temple when it was built in Jerusalem about 350 years later.

This book is sometimes difficult for us to follow nowadays. It's filled with detailed ( sometimes repulsive ) instructions about animal sacrifices, building the Temple, and celebrating various religious festivals. It also contains explicit guidelines for all people about  diet, sexuality, personal relationships and other areas of live.

Why read this book
  • It helps to discover how worshipping God today is different from how it used to be (Leviticus 1-7)
  • It helps to learn about the ancient laws people followed to obey God ( Leviticus 18-20)
  • It helps to find out how people used to be punished for disobeying God's laws ( Leviticus 24-26)