The book of Leviticus catches you off guard. In most books, there is an introduction which warms you up to the content, but not here. Before you even get to celebrate the accomplishment of the Tabernacle, you are in the middle what seems to be a butcher shop. It really makes the sanitized, germaphobic, 99.99% bacteria free society we live in uneasy.
However, the point is clearly stated at the beginning, and we will learn that Leviticus is a bridge. The key is following Moses’ location before God. Exodus 40:35 says, “Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation,” so the Lord calls out to Moses from inside the Tabernacle. The instructions that God gives Moses while separated by the Tabernacle curtains are a list of rituals and rules which symbolically function to siphon the evil from the Israelites existence so they could come near to God.
As you read through Leviticus, you will be struck with the thought, “Could it be any more difficult to come to God?” It is extremely complicated. There were certain sacrifices, diets, duties, holidays, and restrictions which forced the seed of Abraham to live differently than the rest of the world.
Here is the point: Access to God is hard to get.
Some people are hard to get because they are too important. They do not have time for the little people. Obviously, this is not God’s angle otherwise He wouldn’t have had the Tabernacle built in the first place. Somethings are hard to get because they are valuable. In Leviticus 2, you read four times about the oil frankincense (2:1, 2, 15, 16). This precious oil is mentioned more times in this book than any other book of the Bible. Why would a priceless oil be central to a proper offering?
Access to God is hard to get because He is unique; there is no one else like Him.
Access to God is hard to get because he is so pure and holy nothing can compare to Him.
Yet, he made a way, albeit a difficult way, but He still made a way for people to have access to Him. The degree of difficulty should magnify the value of knowing God. If you felt God was worth it, then you would do anything to know Him.
Do you wonder if the “easy-believe-ism” trend has cheapened the access we have to God through Jesus Christ? Romans 12:1 is still in the Bible: “Present your bodies a living sacrifice…” As complicated as those Levitical sacrifices were, living for God demands more devotion. Instead of bringing an offering, you are the offering.