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 With its endless rules about blood sacrifices, skin diseases, and strange rituals, Leviticus seems so primitive, outdated, and irrelevant to our lives today.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 Pt11 | November 8, 2020
Main Passages: Leviticus 23
- Before the pandemic, how busy was your life and schedule (on a scale of 1 to 10)?
- What are the things that fill your time and schedule that you have no control over?
- How often do you take a sabbath day when you can truly rest from work and be renewed?
- What sacrifices would you have to make to take a genuine sabbath day each week? And what would be gained by it?
- Compare the way Leviticus describes the observance of feasts with the way our culture typically celebrates holidays. What is different?
- How can you prioritize and engage Advent (or another upcoming sacred feast) differently this year?
- What is keeping you from adopting an intentional engagement of the Christian calendar?
- What is keeping you from blocking out Sabbath days on your calendar and making them priorities?
- Purchase and read one of these books on Sabbath:
- 24/6 by Matthew Sleeth (a doctor’s perspective)
- Subversive Sabbath by AJ Swodoba (a holistic perspective)
- Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel (a Jewish perspective)
- If you are unfamiliar with the Christian calendar, purchase and read Living the Christian Year by Bobby Gross.
- If you’ve never truly practiced sabbath, try this experiment: do it completely and fully for the next four weeks and journal regularly about what you are learning.
- Listen to the supplemental New Denver Church Message podcast to go deeper this week.