Faith, Art, writing and learning are Tim’s passions. Tim loves working in education. He has a BS in Psychology from Albright College.
The Book of Leviticus
At first glance the Book of Leviticus would not appear to have many moral lessons entwined within the pages of the book however like all of God”s word there are lesson everywhere. The first few chapters of the book primarily a deal with the laws for the Israelite nation concerning when and how they are to make offerings to God.
The next section of the book deals with different celebrations like the year of Jubilee.to God. However when you get to the end book you find many rules for living. The key to finding life lessons in Leviticus is to dig deep throughout the entire book. Once you do you will find there are many moral life lessons which should be carried over into the Christian or non Christian way of living.
1.Always give God your best.
Leviticus 1:3, “If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect.”
All the offerings required in the book of Leviticus had to be made with animals without defect or grain which was the finest of the crop. Why? The answer is obvious when you offer God an offering it must be all or nothing. The best of what you have. Your time, your talents whatever you choose to offer. God does not want your leftovers.
2. Season your offerings with salt.
Leviticus 2:13, “Season all your grain offerings with salt.”
While the first life lesson dealt with giving God your best. This one deals with the attitude in which you give your offering. You can give God your best but with the wrong attitude. In other words instead of having an attitude of service to God you can an attitude of self. You need to be the salt of God giving your offering the flavor it needs to show others the love of God. Be the salt.
3. Forgiveness comes with repentance
Leviticus 4:22 -23 “When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is prohibited by any of the commandments of the LORD his God, he incurs guilt. When he becomes aware of the sin he has committed.”
There are times when we unintentionally sin. It may be something small you hope no one finds out about but sorry to say unintentional sin is still sin. God tells us in Leviticus 23b, God says when you sin unintentionally you must, “ bring an unblemished male goat as his offering.” In other words God says we must admit our guilt and seek forgiveness for our sin. The moral lesson here is to be open about your wrong doings whether they are know or not known. Be repentant.
4. Speak up when you need to
Leviticus 5:1 “If someone sins by failing to testify when he hears a public charge about something he has witnessed, whether he has seen it or learned of it, he shall bear the iniquity.”
There are times you need to be quiet but there are times when you need to speak up and testify against something wrong you’ve seen or have heard about. In fact Leviticus says if we fail to testify about a wrongdoing we’ve seen or learned about we have committed an iniquity. so the lesson here is to not gossip when you hear something but discern in your mind if what you’ve seen was wrong and then be open about the wrongdoing with the right people.
5. It’s better to be honest then be a cheater.
Leviticus 6:1-3, “And the LORD said to Moses, ”If someone sins and acts unfaithfully against the LORD by deceiving his neighbor in regard to a deposit or security entrusted to him or stolen, or if he extorts his neighbor or finds lost property and lies about it and swears falsely, or if he commits any such sin that a man might commit.”
The Lord is quite clear in these verses. No one who calls themselves a child of God should ever cheat their neighbor. Furthermore if you find lost property you are to make every effort to return the property to the owner. Finders keeper, losers weepers.does not apply. Be honest.
6. Don’t do anything you’d feel guilty about.
Leviticus 7:7, “The guilt offering is just like the sin offering.”
In Leviticus a guilt offering was mandated when you did something you felt guilty about. A guilt offering was supposed to clear your conscience and wipe the slate clean. It is far better to live life in such a way as to not have to worry about feeling guilty about something in the first place. Be mindful of everything you say and do.
7. Share, share, share
Leviticus 19 - 10, “And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”
What would you do if you were told to leave some of your food for those who do not have food? Well according to Leviticus a portion of our food needs to be set aside for those who have nothing. Be mindful of others.
8. Gotta love your neighbor.
Leviticus 19:17, ”You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.”
Everyone has at least one neighbor, be it someone who lives around you or work with who gives them a hard time. Well the good or bad news for you depending on how you look at it, you are called to love them just as much as you love God or your family. There are times it may cause you pain but remember by showing love you could change a heart for good. Be loving.
9. Follow the rules.
Leviticus 20:22, “You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out.
Rules are rules. They are put in place to be followed.The problems start when you ignore the rules and do what you want. As God states in Leviticus 20:22, if you don’t follow the rules then the land will vomit you out. In other words if you don’t act in a moral way then you will find yourself on outside looking in. In other other words live a moral life.
10. Prepare yourself to work
Leviticus 8:22, “Leviticus 8:24 (LEB): Then he brought Aaron’s sons near, and Moses put ⌊some of⌋ the blood on their right ear lobe and on their right hand’s thumb and on their right foot’s big toe,”
Moses performed this ritual in order to cleanse them and prepare them for service to the Lord. Which brings up the question in life how much do you prepare yourself for service? Think about it. You study for years to earn a degree for your chosen field of work but expect to serve in faith with a minimal amount of effort. The lesson here is to take the time to be prepared.
© 2022 Timothy Whitt