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Preaching Leviticus

Overview

Commonly read as a mind-numbing list of obscure and legalistic rules, Leviticus actually reveals the Lord's gracious plan for how his sinful people can approach a perfectly holy God. The various sacrifices anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ, who offered himself as a perfect, once-for-all sacrifice so that we might dwell with God forever. The temple worship so meticulously detailed in Leviticus is now obsolete. Yet this rich book also testifies to continuity in God's redemptive work in history. Jesus (Matt. 19:19) reiterates the teaching of Leviticus 19:18, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." And the apostle Peter (1 Pet. 1:16) quotes the timeless demand of Leviticus 11:44: "Be holy, for I am holy." Thanks to the work of Christ on the cross and in the resurrection, Christians can live out these commands by the power of the Spirit to the glory of God.

Recommended Resources

Workshops

Studies in Leviticus Mar 31, 2011 | Author: Jay Sklar | Topic: Leviticus | Category: courses
Leviticus 1 Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Gordon Wenham | Topic: Leviticus | Category: courses

Interviews

Daring to Delight in Leviticus

Jay Sklar
Just as the Israelites read Leviticus in the context of the Lord’s redeeming work in the exodus, the Covenant Seminary scholar explains, Christians read Leviticus in the context of the Lord’s redeeming work in Jesus.

Books

The Book of Leviticus (New International Commentary on the Old Testament)

Gordon J. Wenham
According to at least one reviewer, this is the best commentary on any book of the Bible. Wenham's former student Jay Sklar calls it 'clear, concise, readable.' He added that Wehham 'usually ends each chapter with very helpful bridges to New Testament application.'

Leviticus: Geneva Series of Commentaries

Andrew Bonar
No book in the Bible contains more of the very words of God than Leviticus, Bonar observes. His commentary, though based on sound exegesis, is marked by simplicity. He makes spiritual application, for, as he says, 'The gospel of the grace of God, with all that follows in its train, may be found in Leviticus. This is the glorious attraction of the book to every reader who feels himself a sinner.'

Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus

Allen P. Ross
Leviticus not only describes the complete religious system of ancient Israel, it also lays the theological foundation for the Christian gospel. Ross carefully explains Leviticus within its context in the ancient world. Then he traces the development of God's plan of salvation—how Leviticus' laws, rituals, symbols, and events prepared for the complete revelation in Jesus Christ. Finally, Ross offers helpful ideas for correlating Leviticus to New Testament teachings (particularly Romans, Hebrews, and Peter) and for applying the material in relevant expository form.

Leviticus: A Mentor Commentary

Robert I. Vasholz
Fundamental elements in the Book of Leviticus are both universal and relevant to the contemporary scene. What Christian would say that love your neighbor as yourself, the second greatest commandment, should be relegated to the past? Hebrews particularly expounds on Leviticus; it is close to impossible to comprehend parts of Hebrews without reference to Leviticus.

Articles

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Good Preaching Examples

Seeing Redemption on the Calendar Apr 01, 2011 | Author: Erik Raymond | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons
Bad Day for Aaron and His Sons Apr 01, 2011 | Author: Erik Raymond | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons
The Atonement Offering Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Rico Tice | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons
Sacrificial System Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Gordon Hugenberger | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons
Worthy is the Scapegoat Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Kevin DeYoung | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons
Leviticus 1 – Overview Mar 22, 2009 | Author: Kevin DeYoung | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons
Set Apart to Serve Apr 02, 2009 | Author: Kevin DeYoung | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons
Funny Rules Jan 11, 1998 | Author: Mark Dever | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons
A Presbyterian Yom Kippur Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Dale Ralph Davis | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons
Costly Grace for Guilty People Jan 01, 2000 | Author: Dale Ralph Davis | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons
The Burnt Offering (2) Nov 07, 2004 | Author: Ligon Duncan | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons
Blood on the Altar Jan 01, 2001 | Author: Ligon Duncan | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons
The Reason for the Rules Jan 25, 1998 | Author: Mark Dever | Topic: Leviticus | Category: sermons

Recommended Series and Sermon Outlines

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Additional Resources

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