Next in my ten books I would take to evangelise a desert island is one of the most controversial on the list: Leviticus.
What’s the book about?
Leviticus is the death blow of “Read the Bible in a Year” programmes. Christians tend to get bogged down in this book and give up. It’s mainly about sacrifices, priests and the way God’s people should live.
Why did I choose this book?
Leviticus foreshadows some big themes in the new Testament:
- God is morally pure (or holy) and will destroy anything unholy.
- If we’re not holy, a life must be taken in our place.
- A priest must mediate between us and God.
- God’s people must live in a way that honours him.
- God’s people willingly offer sacrifices in thanksgiving for their salvation.
Leviticus is a difficult book, but read in light of the fact that Jesus is our sacrifice and priest it can be a life-changing book.
Thinking about the Old Testament sacrifice system helps me to love Christ more. Thank God I am not separated from Him as I deserve, but through Jesus I am his son!
Leviticus is a hard book and you’ll need a road map. Go to the At the Castle website. At Christmas 2005 Justin Mote gave spoke on Leviticus, and I found it immensely helpful. Have a listen, and I hope this book will be as much a blessing to you as it has been to me.