Did you know that Leviticus 20:21 was partly responsible for starting the protestant reformation in England.
Peter Leithart makes a wonderful observation about Jacob, Esau and Joseph.
He says this:
Esau is a “hairy man” (sa’iyr), something we learn only when Jacob dresses himself in goat hair to approach his father (Genesis 27:11, 23). Jacob becomes a hairy one, subbing in for his brother. The only other use of the word in Genesis is in 37:31, where it describes the “kid” killed to fool into thinking that Joseph has died. Both passages involve substitution, and both involve deception of a father.
The first half of the book of Leviticus describes many different kinds of sacrifices and offerings that the people were to make in Old Testament times. It describes circumstances under which they were to be offered. Who was to offer them. Exactly how it had to be done. And so on.
Here are a few quotations.
Before you read this post, see my post yesterday about a funny coffee shop you could imagine me running…
“What conclusions would you draw, if you saw such a price label, about my intentions in selling this particular coffee?”
Let me suggest a few.
Imagine, if you will, that I start to run a coffee shop. Not one that sells cups of brewed coffee. One that sells packs of freshly roasted coffee beans, to be ground at home and turned into a cup of the very best.
Here’s the price label on a 250g bag of single-origin, know-the-farmer-personally, roasted-yesterday Guatemala.
For those who cannot afford £5, the price is £2.
Those who cannot afford £2 may pay £0.50.”
What a funny kind of shop I would be running.
Baffled by Leviticus? Struggle to see how it is a part of the Christian Scriptures?
David Field has posted a blogpost entitled Leviticus – an eight para intro which introduces, summarises and gives to us the book of Leviticus in just 8 paragraphs.
The last paragraph of David’s 8 shows us how the book points us to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, and ends in praise to that God.
Enjoy David’s summary. So enjoy the book of Leviticus. So enjoy the God of whom it speaks.