As Christians, we’re not supposed to have favorite books of the Bible. But if we are honest, we all do. And in the reformed world, they almost always include Romans, Galatians, Hebrews, and John. They present themes like faith, righteousness, sanctification, and more, all major tenets of our particular corner of the Christian faith, and ones we rightly hold dearly. And yet, how often we neglect the foundation of all of these, which is the Levitical law. This spring semester, I challenged myself homiletically, spiritually, and pastorally, and decided to preach through Leviticus to the college students I pastor in small-town New Mexico. They were curious, some skeptical. I was nervous. How would I take the book famous for confusing laws, old covenant themes, dated purity rites, and more hard topics and make it relevant to a room of college students who struggle to put their phones down for 3 minutes, let alone think about faith and theology with any level of intention? What I’ve found has been one of the best preaching experiences of my life, and a treasure trove for the Faithful. Leviticus is rich ore, full of grace, and full of application to the contemporary Christian, and deserves your attention. There are three major emphases I’ve explored in Leviticus. Mission, Atonement, and Holiness. Those are the guiding themes of the book, and unsurprisingly, the apply today. .
About Jonathan Clark
Jonathan is a campus pastor at New Mexico State University.