Week 1 | Antidote to Anxiety
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Reading plan: Leviticus Chapters 1-7, 23-27
Often a book that is overlooked or outright ignored, Leviticus offers a rich understanding of the character of God. We dive into this book to discover how God’s redemption of the world begins with the children of Israel and their call to live vastly differently than those who surrounded them.
Small Group Questions:
Have you ever read the entire book of Leviticus? What questions did it raise?
Do you tend to relate to God through feelings anxiety or calmness
What rituals do you and your family have to celebrate?
What is your normal ritual or pattern when you know you’ve made a mistake?
Week 2 | Set Apart
Reading Plan: Leviticus 8, 9 - 21,22
Intro: If we grew up in the ‘church’, it is easy to take for granted the idea that God is ‘always for us’. But Leviticus was written in a time when the common person saw God as being either far away, or that ordinary people needed a person like Moses to talk to God on their behalf. The book of Leviticus is a key book in understanding ‘how’ God moves toward us, and makes pathways so we can move toward Him. One of the ways God moved toward us, was to give Israel priests to help people on this journey. As we will see, the teaching in Leviticus gives us great insight into what it means for you and I to be ‘HIS priests’ in the situations He has places us.
As the Israelite people left Egypt and heading toward Mt. Sinai they encountered God. At first He led them by a pillar of fire in the night and a glowing cloud by day. Then they watched as Moses had special ‘one on one’ encounters with God in the ‘Tent of Meetings’ (a tent pitched outside the camp). Now, Leviticus tells us that God is going to ‘Tabernacle’ among them as a nation, and that they will be able to make sacrifices to God which will allow them to receive forgiveness from their sins. In order to help them do this, Lev. 8,9 gives us details about how Priest will lead them.This will happen after the Priests have been ‘dressed’, instructed and ‘set apart’ for the ministry of being examples and leaders as they connect with God.
Small Group Questions:
Read Lev. 8 Why do you think Moses went to such detail as he set these men aside for their future ministry?
Does Lev. 8:23-24 have any application to us today? If so how does it apply to the way you should live your life?
Lev. 9:22-24 speaks about how ’normal’ people (Aaron and his sons) that have been commissioned to be priests and have the ability to actually bless others. Where and how can you bring that kind of ‘blessing’ to others who are within your circle of influence?
The New Testament takes the concept of Priests a step farther. Followers of Jesus are called a Royal Priesthood (I Peter 2:9). What does that practically mean? How are you a priest?
What ways can you be a priest in the situations you will face in the up coming week.
Week 3 |The Day of Atonement
Reading Plan: Leviticus: 16-17
Intro: We now come to the central passage in the book of Leviticus. Actually, understanding what is said in Lev. 16 is a key to understanding all of the Old Testament, and is crucial to understanding the New Testament as well. For it is in this passage that we see clearly spelled out what it will take for us to walk cleanly into the presence of a God who wants to help us live in a growing relationship with him. It is no wonder that the Jewish nation .. and then later the followers of Jesus found in this passage the key to understanding our Salvation.
As you read Lev. 16 can you explain how different was the roles the two goats played .. and what that means to you personally?
As you read Jn. 19 how was Jesus able to be the true fulfillment of the roles of both the ‘sacrificial goat’ and the ‘scape goat”?
As you read Heb. 9:1-11 (isn’t it interesting to see the OT details repeated with such detail in the NT.). Now read Heb. 10:24 where it says that Jesus is the ONE priest who made One sacrifice and then ‘sat’ down…. How does Hebrews explain how Jesus fulfilled the Lev. 9 passage … and what does it mean when it says ‘He sat down”?
Share what has changed in your life because Jesus died for your sins .. and your sins have been ‘removed as far as the east is from the west’ ? Take a moment and celebrate the wonderful gift that Jesus has been to you and how He has changed your life.
Extra question .. that will stretch you .. if you have time
In your Small Group look at Rev. 4 and you will see that the OT tabernacle is just a small version of the One in heaven. If you make 2 columns of what was found in the OT Tabernacle and the Heavenly tabernacle desiccated in Revelation, you will see that in Jer. 31:33, he says ‘I will write my law on their hearts’?
Week 4 | Unclean!
Reading plan: Leviticus:11-15, 18-20
Intro: God’s desire for Israel to walk in holiness was not intended to be exclusive to the tabernacle. God wanted his people to connect his holiness to the day to day decisions they made. God wanted his people to learn to distinguish holy from common, clean from unclean. The purity laws were God’s way of providing regulations to the people of Israel to inform them of a new way of living. God’s laws gave the Israelites the instructions they needed to be a people set apart.
Small Group Questions:
When you buy a new piece of furniture or equipment, do you tend to follow the instructions or do you just start putting pieces together?
Which of the purity laws get your attention the most?
God gave the people of Israel 19 commands regarding sexual purity. Is it surprising to you that 17 of those laws still exist in many countries around the world?
Read Galatians 3:10-29.
What do you think it means to “rely on the law” in verse 11?
Discuss what it means for us to “no longer be under a guardian” in verse 25.
Verses 26 and 27 talk about being clothed in Christ. What does that mean? What kind of things do you do to clothe yourself in Christ?