Many people consider Leviticus to be a book of rituals that no longer carry any meaning, however Leviticus does not actually contain enough information to perform even one of these rituals. In reality, the rituals and Temple service were given as a means of preserving the values and principles that were designed by YHVH Himself to allow us to draw near to Him by removing shame and restoring honor. In this series we will begin by discussing the aspects of the Temple itself; how it served as the house of the Great King and was patterned after the Garden in Eden and then show how understanding the Temple as a return to Eden (and return to honor) in turn helps us understand the function of the impurity system and the Temple service. We will also be analyzing the function of the sacrifices and of atonement to show how our sins and our impurities create a stain of dishonor on YHVH’s house and that two of the sacrifices were instituted as part of the forgiveness process to allow us to remove the shame that we caused.
“‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect?’ says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests who despise My name. But you say, ‘How have we despised Your name?’ You are presenting defiled food upon My altar. But you say, ‘How have we defiled You?’ In that you say, ‘The table of the Lord is to be despised.’ But when you present the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? Why not offer it to your governor? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you kindly?” says the Lord of hosts.