The time span for the book of Leviticus is only one year, it is thought to be approximately 1445-1444 BC. The author is, of course, Moses. The setting is at the foot of Mt. Sinai. God is instructing His people on how to live a holy life. The word holiness is mentioned 152 times, more in this book than in any other book of the bible.
Leviticus begins at the foot of Mt. Sinai – where Exodus ended. God is ready to teach the people how to worship. Leviticus has 27 chapters and it ends in the same location it began. It is essentially a handbook for the priests and Levites, outlining their duties in the tabernacle and service to the people but it is also a guide of daily living for the Hebrews. The Levites were the tribe of the twelve tribes of Israel that had been set apart by God to be priests. Jacob, later named Israel by God, had 12 sons. He named one of those sons Levi. It was Levi’s descendants who later became the tribe of “The Levites” and the males were ordained to be the priests for the nation of Israel. The book of Leviticus was named after this tribe of Israel because much of it was written for the benefit of the priests. Even though a lot of the book was written for the benefit of the priests, it still speaks to us today. God has not changed His principles, they are written down for all ages. As times and societies change, people need to look for ways to apply the principles set forth in God’s word to our present circumstances. We are serving the same God the Levites were – His Principles are still the same!
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