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Parashat Vayikra (ויקרא): Leviticus 1:1-6:7

What on Earth is the point of all the detailed instructions in the third book of the Bible, Leviticus? What’s with all the butchering of animals and proportioning grains, oils and incense to burn, roast, wave, sprinkle, etc. around the tent home of the God of Israel? Many fall asleep as their through-the-Bible reading plans reach Leviticus, are turned off by the seemingly senseless gore or breathe a sigh of relief that “all that changed at the Cross.”

But the exclusionary design of the Tabernacle design and its rituals and the repugnance of so much spilled animal blood is key to seeing the big picture. For those who long to be in the Presence of the loving Creator and learn His lessons — what works long-term — this 50,000-foot view of the LORD at work reveals what’s “under the hood,” what’s the not-so-secret ingredients to the “recipe” of moving from an Earth off course to a new Earth where peace reigns.

The Torah reading ויקרא Vayikra (“and He called”), covering Lev. 1:1–6:7, starts the journey toward understanding the heart and thoughts of the Father and His Christ, Yeshua.

The standard Haftarah (Writings and Prophets) reading for this week is Isaiah 43:21–44:23.

Leviticus 1:1-6:7: Entering God’s Presence via the sacrifice of a contrite heart

Leviticus 1:1–6:7: Getting back into the LORD’s presence

Leviticus 1-3: Meanings of the burnt, grain and peace offerings

Leviticus 1-3 — meaning behind the whole, sin, peace offerings

Leviticus 4-5 — offerings for unintentional sins

Leviticus 5: When you’re guilty and you know it, raise your offering

Leviticus 5 — offerings for hidden sins and walking in the Spirit

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