Scripture: Leviticus 22-23. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
In the Book of Leviticus, God gave the priests many specific guidelines to follow. God wanted the priests to be good examples to others, to serve God, and to serve the Israelites. Animals with defects were not acceptable for the Israelites to sacrifice because they did not represent God’s holy nature. The Israelites celebrated different feasts as times of celebrating with God. God also established several holidays each year for the people to celebrate. The Feast of Unleavened Bread was to remind Israel of their escape from Egypt, and they would eat unleavened bread for seven days. The Feast of Firstfruits was a celebration where the first crops harvested were offered to God, and the Feast of Weeks was a festival praising God for their bountiful harvest. Read about some of the other feasts in Leviticus 22 and 23!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The priests back in the Old Testament were to set good examples to others, serving both God and others. We, too, can be good examples for others, treating people with respect and setting good morals for ourselves. When we give our best of everything – time, skills, talents, treasures – to God, rather than what is blemished or customary, we can demonstrate the true meaning of worship to Him and testify to God’s real supreme worth. The celebrations and holidays that were celebrated in Leviticus are different than the holidays most Christians celebrate today. Still, the way we celebrate and the reasons why we celebrate can say a lot about our values and reflect our relationship with God. Worshiping God involves both celebration and confession. We need to celebrate what God has done and what He is doing in our lives, always asking for forgiveness for our sins, as well.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Please help us to be good examples for others, respecting and loving people just like You do. Help us to give our best of everything to You, for You are the one who gave us our talents and skills to begin with. Help us to use the gifts that You have given to us to help others and serve You to our best abilities. Thank you for everything You do for each and every one of us. Help us to celebrate in ways that reflect our values and our relationships with You. Please forgive us for the sins that we commit on a daily basis. We are so thankful that You are such a loving and forgiving God, the definition of a true friend. We love You and thank You for everything. Please continue to guide us and protect us on our journeys in life. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.