Week of March 3-9, 2019
This week we’re drilling a little deeper into the Scriptures together!
Remember back to when you were a child.
You probably remember asking mom or dad for something completely reasonable in your mind (like a toy spaceship, three dozen cookies instead of peas and carrots, etc…) and were denied.
You may have continued voicing your opinion as to why this was such a good idea, and may have received a response from your parents such as, “Because I told you so” or “Because I am the boss.”
Many times the matter was ended with these words, and you felt that your argument and opinions were unheard.
This could leave you feeling as if mom and dad just had a bunch of rules to follow with no reason behind them.
When dealing with children, you may have responded the same way, knowing that the rules that you are upholding are for their benefit even when they do not understand the reasons.
Parents enforce these rules out of love for their children since they see the pitfalls of bad choices and desire the best for their children.
The book of Leviticus may seem like a long list of unreasonable rules to follow:
What’s the problem with wearing two different materials together?
Do I really need to revere my father and mother?
What’s wrong with the customs of other nations?
Why do I need to love my neighbor as myself?
We may ask the reasons for all of the rules listed, and the response that we often get through our study in this book is: “I am the Lord your God.”
Last week’s message studied how Leviticus focuses on God’s holiness.
This week we will see that we are called to be devoted totally to God and his plans, just as Israel and the Levites were called to completely follow God alone.
Even though we cannot always see God’s plans, or understand His ways, we are called to surrender and follow Him because He has the best for us in mind.
Look together at Leviticus 16:
What was the purpose of the Day of Atonement?
Who initiated the rite?
Why was the rite initiated?
What was the significance of the offerings?
What was the purpose of the two different goats?
How were they different?
Now look at John 18:1-14; 18:19-18:24; 18:28-19:30:
What did Jesus come to do?
What did he offer up to achieve his goal?
What did Jesus give up in order to atone for sin?
How do the two different goats in the Leviticus 16 passage parallel the passion accounts above?
Why do you think that the symbolism between the Day of Atonement and Jesus was missed by those who crucified Jesus?
What caused them to miss the truth of who Jesus was?
How should we live in light of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us?
What have we missed in our own understanding of Jesus through these passages?
How can we apply this to our lives today?
Spend time sharing prayer requests for the week ahead.
Take time to first thank God for Jesus (our sacrifice and our scapegoat).
Thank the Holy Spirit for using Leviticus to deepen your spiritual journey.
Ask God to intervene for your friends in LifeGroup
Ask the Lord to protect our church family and provide for our ambitious ministry projects (Easter Egg Helicopter Drop, Bay City Campus, etc).
Pray that we would see many people discover life in Christ this Easter season!