Let’s start in Hebrews because once again it lays out for us the building blocks of our faith. Look at 9:22b where it states: “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins”. You may ask, why not? I would answer because that is the way that God instituted it. All of our readings in Leviticus point to the shedding of blood as being efficacious for the forgiveness of sins. Here it is Jesus’ blood once and for all that forgivess us of our sin. Look at 9:26b where it states: “But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Is there anything more fundamental to our faith than the truth that Jesus’ blood was shed for our sins once and for all as an eternal sacrifice so that our sins could be removed. This Scripture lays it out.
Once again we read in Hebrews 10:10 – “And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews is a book of the Bible that we can read and reread over and over again. If someone could remind me that I want to preach on Hebrews after we are done with Matthew. It needs to be preached because it is so fundamental to our faith. Now to Leviticus.
Molech was a god that the people of the land, not the Israelites, worshipped and who required human sacrifices. The fact that God speaks so strongly against it makes us realize that probably at some time the people of Israel did worship Molech and did need to be told not to do it. We also see a series of sins that were forbidden with death that dealt with nakedness and sexual immorality and impropriety. They deal with family, animals, and same sex relationships. None of these things according to Leviticus were allowed, in fact they were forbidden in the strongest of terms. It is interesting that many in today’s culture would agree with the prohibition against sex within the family and with animals, but not necessarily same sex. There is an inherent inconsistency there. I think I have said enough on this matter.