Leviticus, the read through the Bible in one year widow maker.

It’s almost January 1st, which means New Year’s resolutions!

Statistically speaking, 82% of Christians will try to read the Bible in one year. (I made that stat up because blogs.)

A lot of them will think it will be easy. That is dumb. Why? Leviticus.

Genesis kind of woos you with stories. Ohhh, Adam and Eve! Joseph and his wicked awesome coat! All the stories! Dem feels!

Then you head to Exodus and you’re feeling good. I’ve got this. This is like a crazy desert soap opera. There’s a priest who just stabbed two people having sex with a spear. This isn’t a boring Bible, this is an action movie! Stallone was probably in the original, he’s pretty old.

You get all cocky and feel like you’ll have this Bible knocked out by May. What kind of loser Christian needs a whole year? You are unstoppable!

And then … Leviticus.

In order to seem relevant, I have to contractually say, it came in “like a wrecking ball.”

Suddenly, the amazing stories are gone and in their place you know what you get? Detailed information on how to tell if a sore is infectious. That’s right, a detailed analysis on what color the hair in a sore will change. Riveting!

There, stuck in the Bermuda Triangle of Leviticus you’ll start to daydream about David and Goliath. If you could only get there. If only.

March bravely into the new year my friend. Be bold and strong!

But never turn your back on Leviticus. That book will murder you.

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Comments

  1. Mike says

    I am no fan of Joyce Meyer, but she earned my propers when she admitted that she’d never read the Bible all the way through. “One word…Numbers.”

  2. Andrew h says

    Why do you think it’s such a big deal to read number Leviticus ect. I read all of those I’m middle school just because wanted to. I finished the bible my freshman year.

  3. says

    Easiest solution is to skip straight from Exodus to Joshua and listen to teachers who can explain the types and shadows of Leviticus, etc., well. I like Joseph Prince because he talks about the Tabernacle and High Priest and stuff, but it’s all genuinely interesting stuff. Probably the reason God let so much be written about the Law was to drive home the point (painfully, if necessary) that nobody can keep it. Thank God for Jesus!!

  4. Naropa says

    If you read the Chronological version of the bible, then Job is the “widow maker”. It comes up very early in the reading and makes the faint of heart put down the book and pick up “People”

  5. Jason says

    Try skimming Leviticus. Grab a good Study Bible and read the introduction. It should explain the themes and purpose of Leviticus. The reason you read it is to understand what it communicates, not just finish the project. Once you read the intro skim the book and move in into Numbers. (Skim it in 1 day) you can also skim the first 10 chapters of Numbers. The OT makes more sense if you pay attention to dates and know the historical setting to the prophets. It comes alive! Godspeed.

  6. Christina says

    Personally Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy did it for me, Nothing like laws, procedure and more law, to make you want to remove your eyes from your head. Kings got a little old too just because there were so many failures!!

  7. ddhamlin says

    I actually like Leviticus. I never stop having the thought…”He had to tell them NOT to do that? Wow.” It’s the same reaction you have when you are reading obvious safety rules and you think. “Hmm, someone had to have done that stupid thing in order for it to have made it to the safety rules.” You know, don’t have sex with your mother, and so on. I guess humanity had to start somewhere.

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