Leviticus 21 & 22
- What words and expressions occur frequently, given the reason why these instructions are imposed? List some ways in which we ought to be showing similar concern.
- What can we learn here about the serious effects on our Christian lives of things that are apparently small, but spiritually unclean?
- List the feasts and note the general character of each. What did they have in common? And what were their differences?
- What are the New Testament parallels to the three main feasts and what is the significance of each? (a) The Passover. Cf. 1 Cor. 5:7, 8. (b) The Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost. Cf. Acts 2:1-4. (c) The Feast of Tabernacles, the final ingathering of the harvest, Cf. Rev. 7:9, 10.
- Verse 11. The sheaf of the first-fruits of the barley harvest waved on the morrow after the Sabbath points to Christ’s resurrection. Cf. 1 Cor. 15:23.
- Verse 16. ‘Fifty days’: hence the name ‘Pentecost’, i.e., the ‘fiftieth’ (day).
- Verse 17. ‘Two loaves of bread to be waved’: the first-fruits of the wheat harvest, representing the church of Christ in its first beginnings (John 12:24).