(I wanted to study a book of the Bible with a sweet friend next month, and she asked me which book we should do. After praying about it, I decided a great book for us would be one you've probably never seen a women's Bible study for: Leviticus. Leviticus is the book of the Bible that makes many resolved Bible-starters never become Bible-finishers. It's hard to read because it can feel boring, and it's hard to read because some of it feels wrong. But, the more I know Jesus and the more I study scripture, the more I learn to love this book. And reading Hebrews alongside it adds a lot of depth and richness (plus a break.)
The math actually works perfectly for a 31-day plan (with 1 day a week off for rest/catch up): alternate between two chapters of Leviticus one day and one chapter of Hebrews the next. We plan on meeting up twice throughout the month to discuss what we've learned and what's been challenging us.
Would you like to join? October works out perfectly for this plan because the 1st is actually on a Monday! Here's the PDF (or click on the image) of the Bible reading plan along with the following tips:
Feel Invited by the Spirit
Here is all I ask: do the reading, and write down one thing you learned, like, or had a question about. If you can write down more, that’s awesome. But I ask that you write down one.
If you’re having trouble getting something out of it, your first response might be to grab a study guide or commentary. While there’s a place for consulting the insight of scholars and theologians who have spent a lot of time getting into the nitty-gritty of these passages, that is not our intention for this study. Grab your reference Bible (or a Bible app with references included, such as the ESV app) instead. If you’re not sure what something means, look for the passages connected to it. We are trying to understand scripture for ourselves, for the most part relying on nothing other than scripture and the Holy Spirit to understand.
So feel the invitation of it. Ask the Spirit who breathed out these scriptures. Ask the Word who became flesh. Ask for understanding, and the Lord will give it.
Psalm 119:18 - Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
Proverbs 8:17 - I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
Things to Remember
-Leviticus applies to you for many reasons. You are not, however, bound to these laws. You couldn’t keep them all if you tried, but God knew that. Jesus kept them all for you. So as you read, don’t feel like you need to pick and choose what laws you might need to obey. Just sear this word in your mind: “Fulfilled.”
Matthew 5:17 - Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
-Though we do not need to keep all these laws, they show us a lot about God, and can help us know His heart and His will.
For example, Leviticus 20:9 says that anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. Thankfully, we do not have to obey this part of the law anymore. However, we can learn that God really wants children to respect their parents.
One of my favorite parts of Leviticus is how often God commands His people to care for the sojourner. He has always loved and cared for the cast off, broken, and lonely person. You learn a lot of beautiful things about His character—both His fearsome holiness and His tender love—in Leviticus. It’s worth getting excited about! :)
Questions to Ask and Things to Look For
-What does this say about God’s heart/values/priorities/character?
-Why is this particular phrase repeated so often? What is God’s Word emphasizing?
-How is Christ different and better than these priests? How is He different and better than these sacrifices? (Hebrews should help us with this!)
-How does my mind need to change so that my values align with God’s?
When It's Hard to Read
While reading, you might feel like Leviticus is bland or even morally repugnant. But if we don’t understand “why is this included?” or “how is this okay?”, by faith we must trust that God is righteous and His Word is good. Also, be encouraged, because this means you are really studying God’s Word and seeking to understand all of what God’s Word says about His character and purpose.
When you’re tempted to feel like scripture is boring or unjust, keep in mind these scriptures:
Isaiah 66:2 - These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.
2 Timothy 3:16 - All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
Isaiah 55:9 - For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Psalm 97:2 - Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Romans 9:20+21 - But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?”
Wrestle with God. He can handle it. He has dealt so mercifully with people who have wrestled with Him in the past (like Jacob, David, Habakkuk, Nicodemus.) What matters is if we come to Him about it instead of just feeling bitter and hateful and turning away from Him because we don’t like what His Word says.
Also, if you are really struggling—which is totally normal—find a good audio Bible (I like the apps bible.is and Dwell.) Have someone else do the reading for you, and soak it in.
Whelp, that's all I have for now! Let me know if you (and a friend!) are joining in on the journey! :)
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