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 With its endless rules about blood sacrifices, skin diseases, and strange rituals, Leviticus seems so primitive, outdated, and irrelevant to our lives today.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 Pt2 | September 6, 2020
Main Passages: Leviticus 1-3, 7:11-16
- What was your experience reading Leviticus 1-3 this week?
- Discuss the three sacrifices of chapters 1-3.
- What is different and unique about each of them?
- What do they have in common?
- Why is it important that different options of types of animals or grains are given for each of these offerings?
- How would it change your perspective to use the word gift or offering instead of sacrifice? What would be gained by that? What would be lost?
- The first three offerings are all described as “food offerings presented to the LORD.” Read Psalm 50:9-13. If God does not need the offering to satisfy his hunger, why is the food/meal imagery used? What does it communicate?
- What connections to these sacrifices do you see in the New Testament?
- Read Romans 12:1. In light of the context of Leviticus, how do you understand these words from Paul and how do they challenge you personally?
- What is one practical takeaway you have from the message, study, or discussion this week?
- Tithing is the practice of regularly giving part of our financial resources back to God; it has numerous connections to these three sacrifices. Reflect on your practice of tithing.
- Do you tithe? If not, why not?
- Do you do it regularly and intentionally?
- Is it marked by joy and gratitude?
- Does it cost you something?
Consider how you might start or strengthen this practice in your faith journey.
If you haven’t already, use the study guide at www.newdenver.org/leviticus. Commit to reading Leviticus each week and subscribe to the New Denver Church Message podcast to go deeper.