Rather than a detailed, day-by-day summary, I’m going to continue to point you to resources that will help you unpack the daily readings. They will give you additional helps and insights for each day. Please continue to let me know any suggestions to make this as useful to you as you prepare as possible.
The Unfolding Story Podcast: This is a daily 3-5 minute podcast from Peyton Hill, pastor of FBC Prattville.
The Bible Recap podcast: Typically around nine minutes, this podcast from Tara-Leigh Cobble also provides a concise summary of the day’s readings, focusing on where you see God’s character in the readings.
Links to Blog Posts for this week’s readings from 66in52.com (this site):
- Day 043: The Weight of Glory (Exodus 40:35)
- Day 044: Then Comes Leviticus (Leviticus 1:1)
- Day 044: Learning Sign Language (Leviticus 1-4)
- Day 045: The Eternal Flame (Leviticus 6:12-13)
- Day 046: The Confusion That Results From Rebellion (Leviticus 8-10)
- Day 047: And the Priest Shall Make Atonement (Leviticus 12:7-8)
- Day 048: Two Gospel Characters that Ignored Leviticus, and Why It Was Ok (Leviticus 14-15) Will go live Feb 17 at 4am
- Day 049: The First Day of Atonement… and the Last (Leviticus 16-18) Will go live Feb 18 at 4am
Note to leader, especially if you are using this in Sunday School: Be sensitive to group members who may not have read or are not participating in the reading plan. Make sure you use the summary to help them get their bearings, and use the Scripture references in the parentheses so everyone can look up the passage. Don’t skip questions in bold.
- As you went through the reading this week, what stood out to you? Is there anything you noticed that you had not seen before ? What questions did the readings raise? (Allow group to share their highlights, but resist the temptation to comment, answer questions, or open it up for discussion. You want the group to get comfortable sharing their thoughts, without looking to you to be the expert on everything.)
- If you have been reading Leviticus through, maybe for the first time, what has been your initial reaction? A) This isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, B) This is just as bad as I thought it would be; or C) This is worse than I thought it would be. Explain your response.
- Is there a difference between “unclean” in Leviticus and sinful? What is the difference?
- Throughout Leviticus, there are very strict laws regulating how God can be approached. At the same time, sinful people are always commanded to bring their sin offerings to the Lord. They aren’t told to wait outside while the priest brings it in for them. What does this say about God’s heart toward sinners?
- At your individual tables, open your Bibles to Leviticus 10:1-4. Spend a few minutes reading the Scripture together. Listen for any differences in translation. Discuss what Nadab and Abihu’s sin was, and why the judgment was so severe (Note, the Bible doesn’t explicitly say. So there’s not a wrong answer. Encourage people to compare translations, especially in verse 1. If any of you at the table have a study Bible, compare the study notes on this passage).
- In Leviticus 11, do you see any similarities between unclean and clean animals that could be a logical reason why the people were forbidden to eat certain animals? (again, there is nothing explicit, so we can only guess. But some have noted that a pig will eat anything it finds in the mud. Similarly, most marine life that does not have fins and scales are bottom feeders. And all the birds that are on the forbidden list are birds of prey or carrion birds).
- In Leviticus 14-15, a seven day waiting period is required after someone is cleansed of leprosy or from a discharge of blood before one could be allowed back into the presence of the Lord. Yet, there were many stories of people that were cleansed from leprosy or of bleeding who did not obey this command. Why did Jesus not condemn the Samaritan leper (Luke 17) or the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5)?
- Today, we would never consider asking our pastor to come and inspect a spot of mold in our house (and your pastor is very grateful for that). Most of us would say that has nothing to do with our spiritual lives, so it would make no sense to call in a religious leader. But the Hebrews made no distinction between their “spiritual life” and their “secular life.” For them, it was all just life. What can we learn from that?
- As we wrap up, are there any questions you had about anything you read that we haven’t addressed? (Don’t stress if you don’t know the answer. For some questions, there may not be an answer! You can toss the question to the whole group, give your opinion, or promise to research before next week. And always encourage them to post questions in our Facebook group. Pastor James or someone else may have an insight or an answer).
- What action steps or changes do you sense the Lord is leading you to do next week as a result of this study?