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Roy Millar - From Leviticus to Hebrews

From Leviticus to Hebrews

 

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Roy Millar - You Shall Be Holy

You Shall Be Holy

Leviticus is a difficult book for western minds. The worldview is alien and the laws and regulations appear arbitrary, peculiar, and irrelevant. What are we to make of it all? We need to see it in its historical setting. It is an integral part of the unfolding story of how God created a holy nation and fulfilled His intention to live among them. Every aspect of life was included in a portrayal of the nature ...

Roy Millar - Keeping The Nation Pure

Keeping The Nation Pure

Blotchy skin diseases (Biblical leprosy) and discharges from the body breached the normal state of wholeness and was the physical mirror and equivalent of unholiness. These conditions prevented approach to the sanctuary and could sometimes mean exclusion from the camp of Israel. The stated reason was “Thus you shall separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness when they defile My tabernacle that is among them” Various rituals ...

Roy Millar - Ezekiel Explains Leviticus

Ezekiel Explains Leviticus

Ezekiel was a prophet in Babylon during the exile. He was also a priest and, therefore concerned with ritual and spiritual purity. He described the moral and spiritual pollution of the nation, considering it to be worse than Sodom. The covenant has been broken but God has not revoked it and has plans for restoration. They will return to the land they have polluted, He will cleanse their filthiness, give them a new heart ...

Roy Millar - What were the food laws really about

What were the food laws really about

Explanations involving health and hygiene are superficially attractive but do not stand up to detailed analysis. The underlying principle is identical that involved in ritual uncleanness. It was a pictorial way of illustrating holiness. Distinctions were made on the basis of physical wholeness, taking the sacrificial animals as the standard of perfection. Lack of prescribed structures rendered the animal unsuitable for food. Death was considered as a serious marker of uncleanness so animals not ...

Roy Millar - Drawing near to God – Leviticus points to Hebrew

Drawing near to God – Leviticus points to Hebrew

God’s desire is to live among His people but Leviticus teaches us that drawing near to God is no casual matter and is fraught with danger. The unclean and unholy will be consumed in the presence of ultimate holiness; they cannot coexist. Everything possible must be done to keep them apart. Human frailty means that situations will repeatedly arise that render individuals or the whole nation unclean and threaten the holiness of the ...

Roy Millar - Sacrifice and Atonement Leviticus 1–7, Heb. 9–10

Sacrifice and Atonement Leviticus 1–7, Heb. 9–10

Sacrifice was an integral part of the life of Israel from Abraham onwards. The central purpose was worship. At Mount Sinai atonement became the particular focus and occupied the central place in most of the sacrifices.  Atonement is often understood as “covering” but it has a much wider meaning in Leviticus, including wiping clean, paying a debt, setting free, forgiveness, restoration of relationship. It involved substitution; the offerer was intimately involved in the unpleasant ...

Roy Millar - The Burnt Offering Leviticus 1

The Burnt Offering Leviticus 1

This was the most common sacrifice. The central meaning appears to be redemption – setting free from sin and the resulting breach in relationship with God. God’s anger was turned away. The smoke ascended to God as a soothing aroma, testifying to the efficacy of the sacrifice in restoring a peaceful relationship. What was an offensive smell on earth became a sweet aroma to the LORD because of the repentance and obedience that ...

Roy Millar - The Purification Offering Leviticus 4

The Purification Offering Leviticus 4

The burnt offering dealt with the guilt of sin. The purification offering had to do with cleansing. The focus was on the Holy things of the LORD and His presence in the midst of the congregation. The unique and central feature of the purification offering was the blood and how it was used. Certain conditions polluted the Holy Sanctuary in the middle of the camp. This is made clear in relation to bodily pollutions ...

Roy Millar - Grain, Fellowship, and Reparation Offerings – Leviticus 3, 5:1–6:7

Grain, Fellowship, and Reparation Offerings – Leviticus 3, 5:1–6:7

Three other types of offering are described. Together with the previous two “main” offerings they covered the whole range of life within the sacred community – confession, thanksgiving, prayer, shared life, refreshing relationships, making compensation for loss, making vows, etc. Life was not seen as secular and individualistic. The overriding reality was the presence of the LORD among and in the centre of His people. We do not offer these sacrifices but there are ...

Roy Millar - The Day of Atonement Leviticus 16

The Day of Atonement Leviticus 16

There would have been many unrecognized lapses, causing an accumulation of uncleanness. This annual ritual for atonement, was designed to correct this situation, so the Purification Offering was the most prominent sacrifice. Holiness was essential. The Burnt Offering reminded of the need for forgiveness as well. It was a solemn Sabbath and a day for repentance and everyone had to participate. God would destroy anyone not participating in the Day of Atonement. ...

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