The book of Leviticus seems dry as a hoof print and long on rules; but, as Jesus said in John 5:39 “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me”.
Man is wired to achieve a relationship with God; however, Man disconnected from God in the garden. God begins to call “Man” back to Himself through Abraham by a promise, remember; “your descendants will number like the stars in the heavens.” God marched these descendants out of captivity in Egypt then, proceeded through Moses, to place within them a manual on living a holy life. A life, in perfect praise and worship toward God, that they might become a priestly people.
Saint Peter reflects. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9) A light so extraordinary, with a goal so finite, that if actually lived, it would draw all of humanity to come and worship, the one who said to Moses: “I am who am”.
Is there foreshowing in the Azazel goats, or scapegoat, one of two goats chosen for the Day of Atonement explained in Leviticus chapter 16? The first goat was sacrificed; a priest would lay hands on the second goat, in mystical fashion transfer all the sin and guilt of the community on to the second goat. This scapegoat was then driven into the desert, to die, thus cleansing the community of its sin.
Does the story of Leviticus bear witness in the words of Saint Peter? Is Jesus telling us how connected the great story of Israel is to our salvation in John’s Gospel? “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (Matthew 5:17) Can you understand completely, the end without the beginning?
Leviticus tells us how God desires to make a holy people who worship Him, alone! Naturally prideful, like ancient Israel we just need to get out of our own way sometimes, to discipline the “will” for the good. Can you master a great skill without training? Effortless performance is mastered by sweat, not because others performed it first, a self-desire, a choice, initiates it. If, someone is wired to achieve, will they not seek out a plan to achieve it. “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)
Lincoln said: “Everybody’s got to do their own growing up, no matter how tall their grandfather was”. Ain’t it so!