When you play football you need to mark out on the ground the playing field. You have lines to designate where to play, and the lines also show what is out of bounds.
The Book of Leviticus outlines for us the boundaries of how to live for God.
In order for God to accomplish His objectives on the earth, He needs to separate or Holify a group of people to Himself.
1. Provide instruction for how to be a holy people.
The Book of Genesis is the book of beginnings. The Book of Exodus is the book of the exit of God's people out of Egypt. From there God led the Israelites to Mt. Sinai, where he gave them the Ten Commandments and had them build the Tabernacle. It was then that God gave Moses the Book of Leviticus.
Only the tribe of Levi could do the work for the Tabernacle, and only the sons of Aaron could be the priests. The Book of Leviticus means pertaining to the Levites. In this book God is revealing Himself. He is showing us how we can have a relationship with Him. He is identifying Himself. Two things He says over and over in Leviticus are "I am the Lord your God" and "I am holy".
In Leviticus 18:3, God is saying to us - Where you came from, don't do that anymore. Everything you learned before you knew me, forget about it. And where you are going, don't do that either. Don't let the world affect you. Live the way I tell you to live. Live inside these boundaries. All grass inside the lines is holy to God, and you belong to God.
We don't belong to ourselves when we give our life to Jesus Christ. We belong to God, our time, our bodies, our minds belong to God.
2. Treat a Holy God with respect.
On the football field we have horizontal lines and we have vertical lines. It is the same in Leviticus. The vertical lines are the teachings about how to relate to God. The horizontal lines are the teachings about how to relate to others. The first part of the Book shows us how to get close to God. You cannot have your best relationships with others until you are right with God.
In Leviticus 10 is the story of Nadab and Abihu. They came before God, when He had not commanded them, and made an offering to the Lord. They made this offering while they were drunk. The Lord struck them dead. They didn't do it God's way.
We must approach God the way He says. We all owe God our life. You can only pay for your sin with a life. It will either be your life or Jesus' life. Beginning with Genesis 3, you have to shed blood to cover sin. If God loves us, He has to keep His Word. His Word says -- the penalty of sin is death. Jesus is the ONLY provision for sin. Approach God only His way, do not be deceived.
3. Walk with a Holy God by loving your neighbor as yourself.
The second part of the Book of Leviticus is the horizontal lines on the field -- how to relate to other people. Leviticus 19:18 tells us, you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. This is difficult to do, but the Holy Spirit empowers us with love and patience for others.
Also, the second half of Leviticus shows us how to worship God, and how to live each day. We need to stay in shape to go out in the world. We need to read the Bible, and be in prayer, and go to church and small groups. We need to do everything we are supposed to do to keep in shape. The world and the enemy is eager to bring us down, and if we are prepared we can stand up to all attacks. The closer you are to God, the bigger the attacks, because you can handle more.
4. Trust a Holy God by Faith.
If you trust Me, I will bless you.
God is telling us that He made us, and He knows the things that will harm us or kill us. He is showing us the way to live. God will let you chose to follow His way or not. Look at the people who go against His rules, they all pay a consequence.
You can't do what God requires of you. You can't love your enemies. God empowers you, changes you, gives you a forgiving heart. If you can't value your life, because of your past failures, God can give you a new perspective.Galatians 3:24 says, Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Step on the field and live within the guidelines. Don't take your way, take God's way. The Book of Leviticus is all about Jesus. All the laws point to Jesus. The sidelines of the football field lead to the end zone, and the end zone is Jesus.