There’s probably no book in the Bible that is more difficult to read and understand than Leviticus. With its endless rules about blood sacrifices, skin diseases, and strange rituals, Leviticus seems so primitive, outdated, and irrelevant to our lives today. Barbaric is an apt description. It’s why most people start reading the Bible and then say, “You lost me at Leviticus.”
Discussion Questions for You Lost Me at Leviticus Pt3 | September 13, 2020
Main Passages: Leviticus 4-7
- What was your experience reading the chapters this week?
- Discuss the purification and reparation offerings.
- How are they different from one another?
- What do they have in common?
- What is your attitude toward “rituals”? Do you tend to be someone who likes them or not? Give examples.
- How might a ritual that deals with communal sin (e.g., 4:13) be important? Can you think of any modern issues or examples where a communal sin ritual could help? What might this look like?
- A guilt offering includes specific instructions when one sins against a neighbor (6:1-7). What is important about the order of the instructions?
- Read Hebrews 10:4, 11. If sacrifices were not required to take away sins, why did God use the sacrificial system for Israel? What purpose did it serve during the time of the Old Testament? How did the message help you think about this?
- What rituals have helped you with confession and repentance? What New Testament rituals are described in this way and why they are important?
- Were you convicted of any sin this week and how did you respond?
- What is a ritual you might include in your life daily or weekly to help you examine your heart, confess sin, and seek forgiveness?
- Have you ever been baptized? If not, what is keeping you from practicing baptism?
- Listen to the supplemental New Denver Church Message podcast to go deeper this week.