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Leadership Costs (7 of 10)
The book of Leviticus has gotten to be quite a surprise. I shared with you how the first time I tried to read through the book of Leviticus and it was really tough. When you get the bigger picture and when you see that what we read in the book of Leviticus gives us pictures of New Testament truths and truth which can be applied to our lives today, then the book takes on an altogether different perspective and understanding.
By way of review we remember that the first seventeen chapters of Leviticus, leading up to the Day of Atonement, we have sacrifice as our theme. These chapters show us how a relationship with God can be established. We see that you cannot have a relationship with God apart from sacrifice. In the Old Testament there were these animal sacrifices which were made. All of them were pictures of the sacrifice that Jesus would make on the cross of Calvary. It is because of the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary's cross that you and I can have a personal relationship with God. It is by the shedding of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that you and I can enter into a salvation relationship with God.
In chapters 18 to the conclusion of the book, the theme is separation. It has to do with fellowship with God. How we walk with God! How we live for the Lord! The great theme in these chapters is ''Be Ye Holy, for I Am Holy.''
In chapter 21 and 22 you will notice a recurring phrase. At the end of every paragraph in this section you will find this phrase. At the end of verse 8 it says, ''For I the Lord which sanctify you am holy.'' Verse 15 says, ''For I the Lord do sanctify him.'' Verse 23 says, ''For I the Lord do sanctify them.'' Chapter 22, verse 9, says, ''I the Lord do sanctify them.'' Verse 16 says, ''For I the Lord do sanctify them.'' Verse 32 says, ''I am the Lord which hallow you.''
The theme in this section is the holiness of God and the call of the holy God for th ...
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