We desire for students to understand that memorizing all these laws isn’t what’s important. The focal point when reading through Leviticus is that through Christ’s death & resurrection, we no longer have to be slaves to these austere laws. Explain how grace covers all past, present, & future sin. Let your students know that Jesus was the last sacrifice (The Lamb) so that is why we no longer offer animals.
If you choose to go in depth into the names & characteristics of the different offerings (grain, animal, etc.), then go for it. We aren’t covering them here.
In Chapter 8, there is a vivid description of Aaron & his sons being ordained as priests. There is a lot of attention given to their clothing. Use this as a lead-in to talk about putting on the full armor of God. Remind students that although our outward appearance matters little to God, we can put on our Spiritual armor to please Him. Aaron’s clothing was used to recognize him as a religious authority.
Chapter 9 relates to the priests’ ministry. Insert here that after Jesus’ Resurrection, The Bible calls Him our High Priest. We no longer require a priest to pray on our behalf, as we can go directly to God with our prayers.
When speaking about clean versus unclean animals, you may wish to touch on Jewish traditions and how they still observe these requirements for food. Reassure children that again, this law was done away with through Jesus.
In regards to infectious diseases, the community maintained a zero contact policy. Of course, some of this pertained to the spread of illness. But Jesus, himself, touched lepers. Remind children that it is good to minister to those who are ill. If doctors say they shouldn’t be touched, we can still minister with our words.
A good memory verse is Chapter 19:1. Chapter 19 also restates the 10 Commandments. There are also many things listed about treating others. There are a lot of key points to address so you many want to make a day’s Bible class off of Chapter 19.
Punishment for sins in these days was quick & severe. Explain to the student that these severities deterred sin. Although nowadays, we won’t be stoned, we try not to sin to please God & seek His forgiveness to avoid eternal suffering.
If times allows, spend time discussing the festivals of Chapter 23. They are very interesting. You may even want to recreate these for fun. Perhaps make a poster detailing each & its meaning.
Explain especially the importance of the Sabbath Year & Year of Jubilee.
Chapter 26 details both rewards & punishments for disobedience. Liken these to the family unit & how the same applies as God is Our Heavenly Father.
As Leviticus ends, explain tithing & why we continue to do so.
End the lesson with a prayer of thanks to Jesus for paying our debt so we no longer have to live by so many laws.