Summary: Leviticus 1 provides a model of what God requires of our worship today.
The book of Leviticus begins with the Lord summoning Moses, (a strong verb in Hebrew). God authoritatively called him into the tent of meeting because he had important instructions to give him. The first seven chapters of Leviticus is the document of God’s instructions to Moses on how the people were to conduct their worship. God defined worship. Worship required offering one’s very best to God. (Note in your insert the different kinds of offerings described in the first seven chapters of the book).
The book of Leviticus is really the book of Law, what to most people sounds pretty dull. However, my prayer is that this book of the law will become alive as the Holy Spirit illuminates His truths to us. (Read the text Lev. 1:1-9)
Aren’t you wondering like I did when I first read this passage, why does God give all these detailed instructions on how to make sacrifices? The sole purpose that God summoned Moses from the tent of meeting and told him to speak to Israel all his words is stated in 11:44 "For I am the LORD your God; sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy for I am holy…For I am the LORD who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; you shall be holy, for I am holy."
God takes extraordinary care to help his people be holy. In Genesis you remember, he created humankind in his image, in his likeness that he could have a love relationship with his creatures. But you know what happened. Sin entered the picture and because sin is so hideous in God’s sight and because sin can’t mix with his holiness or purity, God took measures to make it possible for people to be made right with him. But we need to do our part.
Some people may think that living in sin is fun but Proverbs says There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way of death. Sooner or later sin brings its awful consequence of miserableness and eternal damnation. Billy Graham used the illustration of Johnny who went with his sister Mary to visit their grandparents at their farm. The grandmother had a pet duck of which she was extremely fond. It was a handsome duck and one day, as Johnny was playing he aimed with his slingshot at the duck and hit the duck right on the head. The bird toppled over, kicked a few times and died.
Johnny was frightened. He looked around and saw no one, so he grabbed the duck and ran into the woods and then went back to the house. No one seemed to have noticed.
Johnny and Mary always divided the chores, and that evening it was Mary’s turn to do the supper dishes. But after supper Mary turned to Johnny and said, “You do the dishes tonight.” “No,” he said. “This is your night. I am going out to play.” May said, “I saw you kill that duck. If you don’t do exactly what I tell you to do, I will tell Grandma what you did. And you know what that means. It was her prize duck.” “All right” said Johnny. “I’ll do the dishes.” The next time that it was Mary’s turn, the same thing happened. This continued for two weeks. Every time that Johnny complained, Mary said, “Johnny, remember the duck.”