After reading Leviticus, I was curious as to what unleavened bread is, and the significance of it? 

Leaven is yeast, so it is bread made without yeast. Unleavened bread is flat and stale tasting, though possibly a little sweet.

The significance of unleavened bread is:  “Since the children of Israel left Egypt hastily, they did not have time for the bread to rise, so it was made on that very first Passover without leaven..” https://www.gotquestions.org/unleavened-bread.html

Leviticus 24.16 (KJV)

“16And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.”

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/read/eng/KJV/Lev/24/16/?redirect

This passage is found in Leviticus 24.16 (KJV). It got me thinking what it means to take the lord’s name in vain. Is saying “Oh my God!” bad? Granted this is the Old Testament and I am learning that the teachings in the New Testament alter some of the meanings slightly, as many of these things are meant for the Jewish people at the time, and not necessarily part of the “New Covenant” After reading a good chunk of the Bible, reaing religious books, and reading websites on this topic, I have (and rightfully so) began to worry about all the times I took his name in vein. I hear sooooo many doing it as well, saying “GDamnit” or just saying “God!” as a swear word, or “Jesus Christ!” as a swear word.

Any believer should be concerned, as this is directly disrespecting God, and it is pretty clear and there is no wiggle room in the Bible about it. It is a bad habit many of us are guilty of. I know I have asked forgiveness more than once for this and find myself slipping here and there. I’m inclined to believe God find’s this to be one of the worst offenses and one that should be easy to avoid doing, though I know it can be difficult. 

I struggled to find good sites that refer directly to this passage, but one that sums up everything is https://www.gotquestions.org/Lords-name-vain.html

The last paragraph in that site sums it up very nicely:

“The name of the Lord is holy, as He is holy. The name of the Lord is a representation of His glory, His majesty, and His supreme deity. We are to esteem and honor His name as we revere and glorify God Himself. To do any less is to take His name in vain.”

 

After reading through Leviticus, I got to thinking about all the Jewish holidays mentioned in the Old Testament. The Holidays break down to:

Here they state them as:
– Passover (Pesach)
– The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Shavuot)
– The Feast of Firstfruits (also Pesach)
– The feast of Weeks (Pentecost)
– The feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)
– The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
– The Feast of Tabernacles/Booths, (Sukkot)

https://www.gotquestions.org/Jewish-festivals.html

Rosh Hashanah, or Yom Truah in the Leviticus (the Feast of Trumpets) which is a 10 day period. 
Yom Kippur, (the Day of Atonement) which is the end of Rosh Hashanah. The holiest day of the Jewish year.
Sukkot, (or Feast of Booths/Tabernacles), this is a 7 day celebration.
Hanukkah, (also known as the Festival of Dedication.) 
Purim, a celebration of God’s watchcare over His people.
Pesach, (or “Passover”), 7 day feast of unleavened bread. The holiday to remember how God delivered his people from bandage in Egpt.
Shavuot, (or Pentecost), it happens 50 days after Passover. 

Each holiday is a link to an excellent website with a wealth of information.

The more modern Jewish holidays can be found: https://jewsforjesus.org/publications/newsletter/newsletter-sep-2004/a-quick-guide-to-the-jewish-holidays/

I found an excellent site that breaks them all down for the ancient holidays: http://www.agapebiblestudy.com/charts/Seven%20Sacred%20Feasts%20of%20the%20Old%20Covenant.htm

 

 

Leviticus 18:21 – New International Version (NIV)

21 “‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus%2018:21

This passage gave me trouble, for one I didn’t completely understand it. I had a hard time finding websites that described it in a way that made sense to me. The best one I found was https://www.studylight.org/bible/cev/leviticus/18-21.html where it said:
“Molech signifies a king, or governor, of similar import with Baâl, lord, or governor; and it is generally supposed that the sun was worshipped under this name; and more particularly as the fire appears to have been so much employed in his worship. It seems clear that children were not only consecrated to him by passing through the fire, which appears to be alluded to here, but that they were actually made a burnt offering to him. (See the parallel passages.) That the several abominations afterwards mentioned were actually practised by many heathen nations is abundantly attested by their own writers.”

When reading Leviticus you come across a passage regarding a place or person mentioned named Azazel. I wanted more information.

In Leviticus 16:8“And Aaron shall cast lots over two goats, one lot for the LORD and the other lot for Azazel.”

Many believe that Azazel is a place, possibly where the sins of the Israelites go. Others believe it is an evil spirit, or fallen angel. 

Another site with some views on this is:  http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/azazel/

A very interesting video that goes into way more detail. Got me wanting to research more information regarding this possible fallen angel. 

I will make a separate post about the Nephilim (the children of divine beings mating with human women.)

 

When reading Leviticus there is a lot information about burnt offerings and animal sacrifices. It makes you wonder what the significance of this is, and why God looked favorably upon those who did it. 

This site has a good explanation. Basically reinforcing the theme from the Bible,  “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).” https://www.gotquestions.org/animal-sacrifices.html

This website has a lot of great info and this quote sums it up well,  “Why does God take notice of every drop of blood that gets spilt? Because life is in the blood: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul’” (Leviticus 17:11). God called for the blood sacrifice of animals because He was teaching His people about the cost of sin.” Check out this site for a wealth of information: https://keltonburgpreacher.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/why-did-god-require-animals-to-be-sacrificed/