From Exodus to Leviticus, the week we are focusing on Moses and Jesus in our One Story series. Together we are discovering that Jesus can be found in every book of the Bible. Listen as Paul Kiss looks at the second and third books of the Torah. In Exodus we see that God re-establishes his presence with humanity that was lost at Eden. And if you put Leviticus under the magnifying glass, we see that it is more about relationships than rituals. We learn these books show us that God fights for his people and invites them to live in his love.
Moses and Jesus: Part 1
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: January 20, 2019
Exodus: The God who fights for his people.
● Exodus 1-15: God rescues his people.
● Exodus 16-40: God is present with his people.
In Exodus, God re-establishes his presence with humanity that was lost at Eden.
Leviticus: The God who invites us into his love.
● Leviticus 1-16: Loving God.
● Leviticus 17-27: Loving others.
If you look carefully, Leviticus is more about relationships than rituals.
Jesus: He fights for us and invites us into his love.
1. What images/thoughts come to mind in thinking of the Exodus? Or Moses?
2. How does the image of God “fighting for his people” affect your view of him?
3. Read Exodus 15:1-18. What does this song tell us about how the Israelites viewed him? How does it inform us about who God is and how he feels about his people? (vs. 1-10; 11-12; 13-18).
4. Read Leviticus 19:1-2, 18. This second half of Leviticus generally involves laws that deal with how we treat others or “love them.” God tells us to be holy because he is holy, (holy = set apart or pure). Talk about how “love for neighbour,” vs. 18, is a necessary part of being holy. Why do you think those last words of vs. 18 are added: “I am the Lord”?
5. Not everyone feels like they need to be rescued. Not everyone feels like they need to be part of a new community. They don’t feel like they need to be made new. What kind of “good news” can we offer them then, if we believe this points to Jesus?
6. What does it mean for us to be a people who also “fight for others”? What does that look like? How do we live the “law of love” while we do this?
1. Watch the video from Bruxy Cavey to see an example of how to read Leviticus as someone who now lives under the law of love to which Jesus calls his followers: Watch Here.
2. Go to www.blueletterbible.org and do a word search on “I am the Lord your God.” Read the verses that come up in Exodus and Leviticus and consider why God keeps making this statement after various commands.