Book of Leviticus Leviticus meaning: – From Latin: “having to do with the Levites” Like a “Manual for Priests” – The law was given to maintain order and teach humility and holiness – Mainly concerned with atonement, ritual purity, and holiness. Atonement is causing a sin to be forgiven Ritual Purity is meant to remove specifically defined uncleanliness prior to a worship of God – This is done because in Leviticus it says that God separates himself from things that are “unclean” Holiness is dependent on the first two in order to dedicate oneself to God Many laws are listed and they are meant to be taken seriously (See Lv 10: 1-3)
– Moses Disobeyed God and lacked faith. How? He was told to speak to the rock and God would provide water, instead he struck it twice (probably twice due to lack of faith) He was told to speak to the rock and God would provide water, instead he struck it twice (probably twice due to lack of faith) – Did not attribute the miracle to God alone. Huh? Nm 20:6-12 Moses says “we”, referring to Moses and Aaron, not to God Nm 20:6-12 Moses says “we”, referring to Moses and Aaron, not to God – Therefore, Moses and Aaron are not allowed to enter the Promised Land – Aaron dies ten verses later, while Moses will live to view the Promised Land from across the River Jordan – The Israelites continue to wander in the desert…
Book of Deuteronomy Deuteronomy meaning? – “Second Law” Moses’ “farewell address” - Written to help the Israelites survive and maintain a relationship with God in the Promise Land. Is there any new information in Deuteronomy? – Not really The laws are explained in greater detail and the events that occurred in Egypt and in the wilderness are briefly recapped. There are some rules given for what Israel must do when they enter the Promised Land. Also, Moses presents the people with a “prophetic roadmap” of what is to come in the future.
Book of Deuteronomy The primary purpose of this speech by Moses is to exhort the people of Israel to remember all that God has done for them in order to be faithful to their covenant obligations amid the temptations in Canaan. – The underlined words are important themes present in Deuteronomy. Dt 7: 6-11 contains all these themes and can be viewed as a brief summary of why Deuteronomy was written