Overview of Leviticus

The book of Leviticus is a continuation of the Exodus story line, where the book of Exodus ended with instructions for where to worship (i.e. the tabernacle), Leviticus instructions for how to worship God. Thus, it focuses on the regulations for acceptable sacrifices; the priesthood; issues of cleanliness and holiness.

Background

While the book may seem strange to us as modern readers, it is noteworthy that animal sacrifices were commonly practiced in ancient Mesopotamia in a way similar to that of Israel. They were done to provide fellowship with the deity, to appease and secure divine favor from the gods. However, certain differences exist between the Israel and these surrounding nations of the Ancient Near East. They are:

1)   Animal sacrifices were used by the surrounding nations as a means of predicting the future actions of the gods by ‘reading’ the entrails of the dead animal. Such practices were absent in Israel

2)   Israel’s sacrificial system is linked to the covenantal relationship with God, who called and delivered them out of Egypt to be His own people. The surrounding nations have nothing comparable

3)   Israel’s sacrificial system is centered upon the holiness of God, with its direct implications on the right way to worship and live as God’s people. Israel’s neighbors had no such concept. In fact, sexual perversion and defilement formed part of their pagan worship and daily living

Outline

Outline

Notice that the chapters 1-7 corresponds to 26-27; 8-10 corresponds to 23-25; 11-15 corresponds to 17-22. The middle section of chapter 16, Day of Atonement, being the climax. As Bible teacher David Pawson illustrates with the above diagram[1], the two sections of the book of Leviticus pivots around the Day of Atonement, with the first half emphasizing our way to God and the second half emphasizing our walk with God.[2]

Main Themes

1)   God is holy

2)   Way to God

3)   Walk with God

The message of holiness pervades the whole book of Leviticus. Holiness means separation. It means that which is set apart from the common and ordinary, so that it can be set apart for a purpose or person.

Two key verses are noteworthy in Leviticus:

‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy’ (Lev 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7, 26)

‘I am the LORD, who makes you holy’ (Lev 20:8; 21:8; 22:9, 16, 32)

The statement: God is holy. It constitutes the deepest and innermost nature of God. It speaks of God being different and separate from the creation He as made. He is ‘one-of-a-kind’, where He alone is immortal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-present and morally pure. Therefore, His people and everything (i.e. priests, animals, altars, pots and pans etc.) that is employed in offering Him worship must be holy.

The command: therefore be holy. It is a command for everyone who would be God’s people. When that holiness is breached, the seriousness of the offence is repaired only through the offerings of sacrifice. Not only is this holiness portrayed in their worship but in their daily practical living and relationships.

The promise: I am the LORD, who makes you holy. Although the call to holiness is high and awesome responsibility, God aids us in the process. He who set Israel free from bondage in Egypt is also the One who would continually transform them by His gracious workings into His holy people. Christian believers, no less than Israel, who have been set free by God from sin, are confronted with His holiness and the command to be holy, but also aided by the promise of the Holy Spirit, who continues the work of transforming us more and more into His likeness, as we yield ourselves to Him.

 

[1] Diagram is adapted from, Unlocking the Bible, by David Pawson, p136.

[2] Unlocking the Bible, by David Pawson, p137.

WHAT'S ON IN COOS

Events on August 24, 2019

9:00 am: Korean Style Bouquet Workshop

Annyeong! Come join us for a fun DIY Korean-styled Bouquet Workshop. We will be using fresh flowers to create a korean-style wrapped bouquet. All materials and tools will be provided.

It cost $80 per participant, or $150 for 2 pax if you are bringing a friend.
As sharp tools will be used, the workshop is suitable for participants 12 years and older.

Dates: 24 & 25 August 2019
Time: 9am to 11.30am (24 Aug), Room 302
1.30pm to 4.00pm (25 Aug), Room 201
Location: Room 302
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9:30 am: An Overview of the OT (Session 2 of 4)

An Overview of the Old Testament
For more information, visit https://www.coos.org.sg/church-life/christian-education/
Location: Room 217
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2:30 pm: English Service : Pastor Mark Tho speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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4:00 pm: COOSkidz Birthday Party - Robot

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4:30 pm: Youth Service : Guest speaker Max Jeganathan

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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5:00 pm: Waggy Walk with Your Furkids!'

Calling out to all COOS members who own a pet dog/s to join us in this gathering to walk our dogs which will take place on the 4th Saturday of each month. Invite your friends and neighbors so that we can also promote bonding which each other! Meeting point and ending point at COOS Plaza. We will be walking along the Alexander Canal for our first walk on 24/8/19. Register through this link and QR code.
Location: Meeting point and end point in COOS Plaza
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Events on August 25, 2019

8:30 am: English Service : Pastor Mark Tho speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:45 am: English Service : Pastor Mark Tho speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on August 29, 2019

7:30 pm: Choir Performance

Location: Church of Our Saviour, 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on August 31, 2019

9:30 am: An Overview of the OT (Session 3 of 4)

An Overview of the Old Testament
For more information, visit https://www.coos.org.sg/church-life/christian-education/
Location: Room 217
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2:30 pm: English Service : Pastor Joseph You speaking [Holy Communion]

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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3:00 pm: Flea Market

Volunteers needed for outreach initiatives to our community for the Flea Market! Gather your family, church friends or cell members, go into our neighborhoods (Stirling, Dawson and Mei Ling) at your own time and invite the residents for the flea market event on 31/8 and 1/9. Every flyer has a $10 value coupon attached so that they can exchange for the items at the flea market! Contact Tan Choong Meng at 81235996 for any enquiry.
Location: Atrium
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3:00 pm: Flea Market

Looking for volunteers to set up booths to run a flea market in COOS! Gather a few friends or cell members, collect unused clothes and accessories, mend a stall at the atrium. Proceed of the sales will go towards the Geylang Ministry in COOS! If you are interested, please register at the admin counter or at this google link. Contact Tan Choon Meng at 81235996 for more information.
Location: Atrium
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4:00 pm: Alpha Parenting Teenagers Course

A course for parents with children from 11 - 18 years old. It equips carers of children with strategies and tools in building a healthy family life. It is relevant for people of all faith.

Date: 31 Aug, 7, 14, 21, 28 Sep, 5 Oct
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: COOS

Register at admin desk or scan QR code or thru this link: https://bit.ly/2vq7ClL
Location: COOS
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4:45 pm: Evergreen Fellowship Talk

Evergreen Fellowship is organising a talk by Mr Benny Ong on "Understanding the difference between Advance Medical Directive (AMD), The lasting power of Attorney and The will.
Location: COOS AUDITORIUM
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Events on September 1, 2019

8:30 am: English Service : Pastor Joseph You speaking [Holy Communion]

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:45 am: English Service : Pastor Joseph You speaking [Holy Communion]

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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MAIN SERVICES (ENGLISH)
Saturday | 2.30pm
Sunday | 8.30am and 10.45am
YOUTH SERVICE (ENGLISH)
Saturday | 4.30pm
*Except every 1st weekend of the month, where youth joins main services.
SERVICES & OFFICE LOCATION
130 Margaret Drive Singapore 149300
It is a 10-minute walk from the Queenstown MRT Station.The bus-stops nearest to the church are served by
SBS Bus 51, 111, 145, 186, 195 and 32 and TIBS Bus 970.

The office is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9am to 5.30pm.

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