Today you begin reading the wonderful book of Leviticus! I call it that because over the years I've read and reread this book and literally have come to love it! It used to be a daunting task to read this and think I was just reading about a lot of rituals, sacrifices, and laws of worship. But I found there are precious truths being brought out in every passage. I pray you will find this book to bless you heart, perhaps not on your first time through, but I trust you'll come to appreciate this book as I have and will look forward to each time you can read it.
Leviticus 1 - The Burnt Offering is discussed. It was daily. It was put on the altar. It was a sacrifice. Each day the Israelite was to consider their life a "living sacrifice" to God and they willingly gave up what they counted worthy to say to God that His will was more important.
Leviticus 2 - The Grain Offering was an offering without blood. It focused on a sweet aroma to God that He would be pleased with. This speaks of the character of the child of God that would be like a pleasant aroma to God and to the world about them.
Leviticus 3 - The Peace Offering recognized the peace the Israelite had with God because of His acceptance of their sacrifices for their sin. Peace implied a right relationship with God and freed the believer of concern about their approval with Him.
Leviticus 4 - The Sin Offering was a reminder to the Israelite that God will only forgive sin once an acceptable price is paid for the offense against His holiness. This was not a sweet aroma offering. It was a serious recognition of their need to have a pleasing substitute die in their place. Note, the size of the sacrifice depended on who was offering it. The high priest or the entire congregation required a bull be offered. A ruler had to offer a male goat. A common person had to offer a female goat or a lamb.