R-Rated: Preaching on Sacrifice from Leviticus
Why it matters and how to do it.
In any culture, preachers will be tempted to skip certain portions of the Bible that are especially foreign to their context. It is perhaps no surprise that in most Western cultures, many preachers are tempted to skip Leviticus as a whole! Not only is it full of laws—detailed laws that seem to have no relevance today—it also spends a lot of time talking about animal sacrifice, a practice that is either unfamiliar or offensive to many in a Western context. But skipping Leviticus—and especially skipping passages about sacrifice—would be a huge mistake.
Why preaching on blood and sacrifice matters
On one hand, it is these very passages that serve as a stumbling block to many. What kind of God demands bleeding sacrifices on the altar? Why would we follow such a bloodthirsty deity? These kinds of questions do not go away by ignoring them; they need to be addressed head on. And those who are Christians need help in knowing how to address them as well.
At same ...