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Jehovah Jireh Bible Institute HL Williams

President/Senior Provost

Dr. Williams is President of Jehovah Jireh Bible Institute Higher Learning. Dr. Williams is bi-vocational, earning degrees from Bachelor to Doctorate in the secular and religious field. Educational Customer Delight Menaa Award Winner and School Menaa Award Institution, Dubai 2016.

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Introduction: A certain lady, on being asked if she had ever read the Bible right through, replied: “I have never read it right through, though I have read much of it consecutively. Three times I have started to read it through, but each time I have broken down in Leviticus. I have enjoyed Genesis and Exodus, but Leviticus has seemed such dull reading that I have become discouraged and have given up.” Which did that friend the more deserve, sympathy or rebuke? To speak of Leviticus as “dull reading” misses the point of the book completely. How could we expect a book like Leviticus, which is occupied throughout with regulations, to provide exciting reading? Obviously, it is not meant just to be read, but to be studied. It yields little of its treasure to a mere reading; but a reasonable concentration transforms it into one of the most intriguing books in the scriptures. II. Clearing the Ground: At the outset, let us clear certain discouraging misunderstandings about the book. There appear to be four we need to look at. (A) First, there are those who think it is impossible to understand the rituals and symbols in the book of Leviticus to gain much spiritual profit. (B) Second, there are those who think that the Levitical prescriptions have long passed away with Moses and the children of Israel during that time in biblical history. (C) Third, there are others who profess having difficulty with the Levitical commands thinking they are more trivial as it relates to Christians today. (D) Fourth, still others are discouraged because whereas in Genesis and Exodus the main outline is easily found, there seems to be no clear outline here, in this book of scripture. III. A fair study of Leviticus: Now, any fair study of Leviticus will quickly dispel misgivings; for, as we shall see, it simply abounds in spiritual values; it has a living voice to our own day; its revelation of the Divine character is unique; and it is built together according to a clear plan. It’s Mosaic authorship and Divine inspiration are attested by the Lord Jesus. It is referred to over forty times in the New Testament. IV. Its main purpose: Leviticus was written to show Israel how to live as a holy nation in fellowship with God, and thus to prepare the nation for the high service of mediating the redemption of God to all the nations. Above all, then, Israel must be taught the holiness of God, and Leviticus reveals this in three ways: 2 (1) in the sacrificial system, which insisted that “without the shedding of blood there is no remission, “thus pressing on the most insane conscience the seriousness of sin; (2) in the precepts of the law, which insisted on the standard for character and conduct; (3) in the penalties attaching to violations of the law, which sternly proclaimed the the Divine holiness of a chastening God when his people are disobedient. V. Its standpoint: The sacrifices in Leviticus do not mean to set forth how the people may become redeemed (for their redemption has already been wrought through the paschal lamb of the Exodus, and is now to be forever memorialized in the Passover feast). No, the Levitical sacrifices are prescribed in such wise as to set forth how the new relationship may be maintained. (1) This is the point at which Leviticus begins. It thus follows Genesis and Exodus with obvious sequence. In Genesis we see God’s remedy for man’s ruin, the Seed of the woman. In Exodus we see God’s answer to man’s cry, the blood of the Lamb. In Leviticus we see God’s provision for man’s need, a Priest, a Sacrifice, and an altar. (It is from this that Leviticus gets its name. (2) Israel’s priests were the Levites, and the word “Leviticus” comes from the Greek word Leuitikos, meaning, “that which pertains to the Levites.”) Through a priest, sacrifice, and reconciliation at the altar, it is the very heart of the Pentateuch and of the Gospel. 

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