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 (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 1:1-9 ]
The Lord called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock. 3 “If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord. 4 He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.
_ Who is speaking to Moses?
_ What should be offered and Where?
_ What is instructed in vs. 4?
5 Then he shall kill the bull before the Lord, and Aaron's sons the priests shall bring the blood and throw the blood against the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 6 Then he shall flay the burnt offering and cut it into pieces,7 and the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. 8 And Aaron's sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head, and the fat, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; 9 but its entrails and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall burn all of it on the altar, as a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
_ What is done with blood in vs. 5?
_ Who are the priests and what do they do with the offering?
_ What offering is this and what is pleasing in vs. 9?
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
_ What similarities do you see here that point towards the sacrifice of Christ?
_ When you think of how many details the israelites had to pay attention to do you strive to follow the teachings of Christ to the same level of seriousness.
+ 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 )
_ Leviticus describes five major offerings, each with its own characteristics.
_ Lev. 1:1–17 - The burnt offering is the most costly offering, since it is completely burned up (except for the skin, which the priest kept). The motive for the burnt offering is not specified here, but other references to the sacrifices show that it is offered for thanksgiving, penitence, vows, and self-dedication.
_ Lev. 1:3–4 The bull offered in sacrifice must be without blemish. It should have no physical defects (22:22–24) that would lessen its value and make it unworthy for presenting to the Lord (compare Mal. 1:8). lay his hand. This action probably establishes some relationship between the offerers and animal so that the animal is accepted on their behalf. shall be accepted . . . to make atonement for him. “Make atonement” seems to involve both expiation (the removal of sin) and propitiation (the appeasement of wrath). The offerings that “make atonement” are the burnt offering, the sin offering (Lev. 4:26), and the guilt offering (5:16).
_ Lev. 1:5–9 Atonement is achieved through both the sacrifice and the priests who represent the Lord. Food offering is not a specific name of an offering but a more general term for what is “consumed” by the Lord in the fire. In other offerings, it is often coupled with a pleasing aroma (v. 9; compare Gen. 8:21), implying the Lord’s acceptance (Lev. 1:3–4).