Epistles of Thomas

February 10, 2009

Leviticus 1-3

The first three chapters of Leviticus describe the materials and process for the burnt, grain, and fellowship offerings. Concerning the burnt and fellowship offerings, it is important to offer an animal “without defect.” For the grain offering it is to be “the finest flour.” During the later periods the prophets will often lament that the people are offering sick, lame animals and poor quality grain. The attitude of the people toward God is that he can have what is leftover and unwanted.

Grain offerings are to be seasoned with salt but not to contain yeast or honey. The association with yeast and its corruption will continue and Jesus can speak of the “yeast of the Pharisees.” The fat of the offered animals is for the Lord and chapter three concludes with “This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood” (3:17). This commandment will become quite contentious in the church era as evidenced by Acts 15.



  1. I appreciate your overview of the books of Leviticus. Honestly, of all the books of the Bible, this can be one of the more trying for me to get through. One of my new years resolutions was to read through the Bible again, and I cheated and started out a little beyond Leviticus (figured I’d come back to it later… 🙂

    I understand the importance of this book, but all the same, it can be a little difficult to trek through. Even the minor prophets are more captivating then laws about diet and clothing, but I understand why these rules were there: it’s all about setting God’s people apart from other nations.

    Comment by Rob — February 24, 2009 @ 12:03 | Reply

    • Hi Rob,
      I’m glad you’re enjoying it. It’s taken me a little longer than I had wanted but tonight I finished. You may have heard that Rob Bell (famously) preached through this book during the first year of his church plant. I’ve never listened or read one of his sermons but I’m sure they must be interesting. Let’s keep up the reading!

      Comment by Thomas — February 24, 2009 @ 23:04 | Reply

  2. There’s a wealth of wisdom to Leviticus, and I’d love to be able to dig deeper into it to unpack it, so I appreciate your commentaries here. I’m not familiar with Rob Bell…. are his messages on Lev. online somewhere?

    Comment by Rob — February 27, 2009 @ 17:37 | Reply

    • Rob Bell is a fairly famous preacher of recent vintage. He has written three books and founded a large church. I don’t believe his Leviticus sermons are available online although I did see Christianity Today selling copies of the one about the goat.

      Comment by Thomas — March 18, 2009 @ 21:43 | Reply

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