|The Way to Wholeness: Lessons from Leviticus|
By: Ray C. Stedman
"Leviticus is a thrilling book, and...I consider it one of the most important books of the Bible. If it were possible for me to get the message of this book into the hearts of all people who are trying to be religious, all cults and "isms" would end." -- J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible
What if you could escape your bad habits, chronic sins, temptations, or addictions? What if every aspect of your personality functioned in perfect balance? What if you were whole and complete; free of pain, shame, and guilt? Well, the Old Testament book of Leviticus relates to all of these possibilities.
According to Ray Stedman, "In Leviticus, God steps into the broken mess we have made of our lives and He promises to make us whole again, just as He is whole." All He needs is our cooperation, but "the process is completely voluntary -- God never forces us into it."
Stedman says the sacrifices and instructions in Leviticus are written in love, written in blood, and they shout: Someone is coming! New Testament Christians know who that Someone is, and have a perspective on His coming that Old Testament believers could not fully appreciate.
"You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own" (Leviticus 20:26). Made in His image and pronounced "very good," God made us for Himself and works through the events of our lives to make us like Jesus. With Stedman as your guide, you'll better understand the fascinating book of Leviticus, the entire Bible, and yourself, so that you, too, can become whole: "holy to [the Lord]."
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