God's Road Map to Heaven by Way of Route 66 ~ Seeing Jesus in Every Book of the Bible Christ Foreshadowed in Leviticus (Part 1)
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Christ Foreshadowed in Leviticus (Part 1)
God told Moses to write the ten commandments/laws, but Moses also wrote other laws of various kinds. Some of them were ceremonial laws; about what to wear and what to eat, which were pointing to Christ. Even though these laws were telling the Israelites how to live physically, they were foreshadowing how we are to live a life of holiness in Christ Jesus.
The book of Leviticus is about the priests that were called through Aaron, Moses’ brother. These priests officiated over the ceremonial laws. The laws in Leviticus were given to keep Israel separate from the nations around them. It is about separation and holiness (Leviticus 20:26). Even though the laws were for the Israelites, the principle remains for the children of God under the New Covenant (1 Peter 1:14-19).
There are other laws pointing to Christ in Leviticus, but I am only sharing two of the laws. The Ceremonial laws that were for the Israelites, typified Christ who was spotless before God (Leviticus 1:2-3).
Materials could not be mixed. In Christ we are not supposed to mix the righteousness of Christ with the world. Being separate from other nations means that we can’t serve God and mammon; two masters (money or wealth – Matthew 6:24).
We are adorned and clothed in righteousness; the righteousness must be 100% or Christ alone (Romans 3:21-22); all our righteousness is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). This was also foreshadowing Grace, and how the law cannot be mixed with it (Romans 11:6); it is by Grace through Christ only that Salvation comes (Ephesians 2:8-9), and not by works of the law.
An example of man’s own works is Adam and Eve; they tried to clothe themselves, but they had to be clothed by God (Genesis 3:21). Let’s go to the mixing of cloth, which is not morally wrong; God was using this as a lesson foreshadowing Christ and to teach the children of Israel to be holy. This was God’s way of having the Israelites to be different from the ungodly nations around them. In the New Covenant, we are also told to be separate (2 Corinthians 6:14-17).
Christ was still under the ceremonial law before He died, and He abided by it. When Jesus healed people, He told them to show themselves to the priest. The priest pronounced that they were healed. Jesus said, do this and do that according to the law of Moses (Matthew 8:1-4).
Next: Christ Foreshadowed in Leviticus (Part 2)
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