Lev 1:1 Yahveh called Moses and spoke to him from the conference tent, and this is what he said,
Lev 1:2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, when any human among you brings an offering to Yahveh, you will bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock.
Lev 1:3 “If his offering is an ascending offering from the herd, he will offer a perfect male. He will bring it to the entrance of the conference tent, so that he may be accepted in Yahveh’s sight.
Leviticus as scripture
All of Genesis, and much of Exodus is narrative — stories reflecting God’s dealings in history. The hard part of exegeting narrative is putting it in its historical context — so that its words are understood as they would have been understood by the audience at the time. Even though Leviticus is not mostly narrative, the same challenge exists. But, added to that, we have to wrestle with Leviticus as scripture. We have to ask why God reached back into time, and gave his people these words. We need to grasp the eternal purpose of this book.
One clue that we get to this question in today’s text is that God is giving his people instructions on how to approach him.
LORD, teach us how to approach you today as we begin our study of these ancient instructions.