“You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.”– Leviticus 18:5 (ESV)
‘The Book of Leviticus was the first book studied by a Jewish child; yet is often among the last books of the Bible to be studied by a Christian if they even ever do open it. However it’s referred to about 40 times in the New Testament making it one great significance to everyone who by faith believes in God.1 In it we find many rich lessons and promises concerning the character of God and a call to living a holy life. ‘Special blessing was promised to the Israelites on the condition of their obedience to God’s law. This promise was remarkably verified in particular eras of their history, in the national prosperity they enjoyed when pure and undefiled religion prevailed among them. Obedience to God’s law always insures temporal blessings, as this verse indicates. But these words have a higher reference to spiritual life as indicated by the Lord (cf. Luk3 10:28) and Paul (cf. Romans 10:5).2 Leviticus contains extensive revelation concerning the character of God—especially His holiness but also His electing love and grace. Obedience does not save from sin and hell, but it does mark those who are saved.
1 F. Duane Lindsey, The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, 1985, 1, 163.
2 John F. MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur Study Bible: New American Standard Bible., (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006), Le 18:5.