Old Testament: Leviticus 1:1-3:17
The book of Leviticus may seem tedious.
The more you study it, the more you’ll understand its genius.
The first three chapters concern offerings of bulls, grain or for peace.
The fat was the Lord’s and of eating it, they must cease.
Leviticus would probably be voted as “least wanted if stuck on a desert island.” It seems overly detailed and tedious. However, it was the first book to be studied by Jewish children. Leviticus is named after the Levites, the tribe who supplied the priesthood for the Israelites. Leviticus is a book of object lessons designed to show God’s character and holiness to His people. And to us today.
Leviticus 1:1-17 More Bull
How to prepare a bull or sheep or goat for a burnt offering. They shall all be males without defect. A bird could be brought as well.
The main idea is that a life needed to be exchanged for a life. This was a gigantic object lesson to foreshadow the atoning death of Christ.
Leviticus 2:1-16 Going With The Grain
I don’t know if it was gluten-free but the grain offerings had to be leaven-free. Leaven was symbolic of sin. So no leaven. The rest of the recipes are in this passage.
Leviticus 3:1-17 Give Peace A Chance
A peace offering could be any animal from a herd, male or female. If it was a goat, hands had to be laid on its head before it was slaughtered. The blood was to be sprinkled around the altar signifying the purification of the altar. The blood symbolizes Christ’s blood shed for us to purify us.
There was a prohibition on eating the fat or the blood. The fat was the Lord’s (and He can have it).
Leviticus was named after the tribe that suppled the priests for the Tabernacle worship. It contains a lot of details on the worship in the Tabernacle. Many of the details serve as object lessons for teaching from the New Testament.
Chapters 1 -3 concern the instructions for offering a bull, grain, or peace offerings.
New Testament: Mark 1:29-2:12
Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law.
Many were healed and left in awe.
He wouldn’t allow the demons to speak.
A paralytic was made whole, leaving the people “out of their minds” in Greek.
Mark 1:29-45 Spring Cleansing
“Immediately” the disciples and Jesus came out of the synagogue and went to the house of Simon (Peter) and Andrew along with James and John. This could have occurred in the spring of 29 A.D. We saw this story in Matthew (8: 14, 15). Peter’s mother-in-law was sick but “immediately” the disciples spoke to Jesus about her. He healed her and she made dinner.
The demon-possessed came to him for healing as did many with all kinds of diseases. He wouldn’t let the demons speak probably because you can’t trust a demon. Jesus was the One to do the preaching.
A leper came to Him whom Jesus took compassion on and healed. Leprosy is symbolic of sin. Scipture says that Jesus “cleansed” him (v. 42). Jesus told the former-leper not to tell anyone except the priests and to make the appropriate offering for being cleansed. But noooooo . . . he opened his big fat mouth to everyone, telling them what Jesus had done. This made it difficult for Jesus to preach because of everyone coming to Him for healing. He had to go out to more unpopulated areas to be able to preach. Jesus was doing miracles to validate His message of repentance needed by the nation to bring in His kingdom. He was not just performing miracles just to show off.
Mark 2:1-12 Springing Into Action
We read this story in Matthew 9: 1-8. The story is similar. A paralytic’s friends take him up on the roof and then lower him down into Jesus’ teaching meeting because the door is blocked with people. Everyone expects Jesus to heal the paralytic but instead he forgives his sins. The Jewish religious leaders thought he was blaspheming which in this case is claiming the attributes or rights that only belong to God. Jesus read their minds and used an “a fortiori” argument. An “a fortiori” argument is one with the greater force. For example, if I can beat up Superman, I certainly can beat you up. Jesus asked if it was easier to forgive sins or say, “pick up your mat and walk.” The obvious answer is obvious. Forgiving sins can only be done by God. But to prove He could do both, Jesus told the paralytic to pick up his mat and go home. And he did. Everyone was “amazed” which in the original Greek literally means they were “out of their minds.” They said they had never seen anything like it. Hey, who has?
Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law. He healed many others. He cast demons out of many but wouldn’t allow the demons to speak. He healed one man of leprosy, a disease which is symbolic of sin.
Mark tells the story of the paralytic that is let down through the roof of a house in which Jesus was teaching.