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. See below for a helpful commentary on today’s reading.
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 (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)
[ Leviticus 9:15-24 ]
15 Then he presented the people’s offering and took the goat of the sin offering that was for the people and killed it and offered it as a sin offering, like the first one. 16 And he presented the burnt offering and offered it according to the rule. 17 And he presented the grain offering, took a handful of it, and burned it on the altar, besides the burnt offering of the morning.
18 Then he killed the ox and the ram, the sacrifice of peace offerings for the people. And Aaron’s sons handed him the blood, and he threw it against the sides of the altar. 19 But the fat pieces of the ox and of the ram, the fat tail and that which covers the entrails and the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver— 20 they put the fat pieces on the breasts, and he burned the fat pieces on the altar, 21 but the breasts and the right thigh Aaron waved for a wave offering before the Lord, as Moses commanded.
_ How many offering does Aaron give to the Lord? V.15-21
_ What were the offerings? V. 15-21
_ What is significant about those specific offerings? V.15-21
Use as reference: Leviticus Chapters 1-7 (above 3 questions)
_Why did Aaron bless the people gathered? V.22
22 Then Aaronlifted up his hands toward the people andblessed them, and he came down from offering the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings. 23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting, and when they came out they blessed the people, andthe glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 24 Andfire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it,they shouted andfell on their faces.
_What is significant about Aaron and Moses entering the tent of meeting? V.23
Use as reference: Exodus 40:34-35
_What did Aaron and Moses do after they exited the tent of meeting? V.23
_What did it mean for the people of Israel, when the Lord consumed the offerings in fire? V.24
_What did the consumption of the offerings cause the people of Israel to do? V.24
_Where is the Gospel of Jesus Christ foreshadowed in this passage?
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
_How does this passage of forgiveness from the Lord, move you to confess of sin in your own life?
_From that confession of sin, what is an act of obedience to the Lord you can take to be a “Living sacrifice, pleasing to the Lord”? (Romans 12:1-2)
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending 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. 9:7–21 First comes the atonement for the priests (vv. 7–14), and then for the people (vv. 15–21). As in other ceremonies, the atonement process moves from the removal of sinfulness (by the sin offering), to petitions and praises (the burnt offering), and finally to communion with the Lord (the peace offering).
_ Lev. 9:22–24 Moses and Aaron together enter the tent. This means that the priests (represented by Aaron) will now mediate between the Lord and the people, instead of Moses.