The Old Testament is full of previews of Christ and the role that he would fulfil perfectly. Today we see two parts of the Old Covenant that Christ fulfils in the light and bread in the tabernacle.
The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table. At the end of this guide is a resource from www.esv.org to help with our study of Leviticus.
VISION + STORIES
Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
+ WHAT is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?
SING + PRAY
Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER [ Leviticus 24:1-9 ] In Large group
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil from beaten olives for the lamp, that a light may be kept burning regularly. 3 Outside the veil of the testimony, in the tent of meeting, Aaron shall arrange it from evening to morning before the Lord regularly. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. 4 He shall arrange the lamps on the lampstand of pure gold before the Lord regularly.
+ The Lord requires a lampstand to continually give light to the tabernacle. Why do you think the entire people of Israel are involved in providing the oil?
+ Why do you think the light must be constantly burning?
_ God has used imagery of light before, in the desert God led his people as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. And in the New Testament Jesus is called the Light of the World. John says, “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:9). How might Jesus fulfil this statute?
5 “You shall take fine flour and bake twelve loaves from it; two tenths of an ephah shall be in each loaf. 6 And you shall set them in two piles, six in a pile, on the table of pure gold before the Lord. 7 And you shall put pure frankincense on each pile, that it may go with the bread as a memorial portion as a food offering to the Lord. 8 Every Sabbath day Aaron shall arrange it before the Lord regularly; it is from the people of Israel as a covenant forever. 9 And it shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place, since it is for him a most holy portion out of the Lord's food offerings, a perpetual due.”
+ This gives instructions on the showbread or the “bread of faces or of presence” because it sat before God and through it he showed his special favor in symbolically sharing this banquet with his people.
+ How many loaves were placed on the table each week? The fact that the number correlates with the tribes of Israel is no coincidence. All of Israel is included in this symbolic banquet.
+ What does it mean that the bread is a memorial portion? The priests ate the holy bread and the Lord accepted the frankincense. A covenant meal performed weekly to remind the members of the covenant of their agreement.
+ The bread offered weekly before the Lord and eaten by the priests should remind us of another bread that we eat weekly, communion--Christ as the Bread of Life. How does Christ fulfil this?
+ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)
STUDY GUIDE ( ESV STUDY BIBLE - WWW.ESV.ORG )
+ Lev. 24:1–9 These verses may have been a reminder not to forget the daily tabernacle activities in between the annual festivals described in ch. 23.
+ Lev. 24:5–9 The twelve loaves symbolize the 12 tribes of Israel as they stand in God’s presence. In Ex. 25:30 the loaves are called “the bread of the Presence.” New loaves are to be set out on each Sabbath.