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1st Feb 2021

Leviticus 01

Book of Leviticus #01

The Book of Leviticus foreshadows the Mass and the new life in grace that Catholics are supposed to enjoy. Many don't because they do not understand what they have been given.

Leviticus is the third book of the Pentateuch -- The first five books of Scripture known as the Five Books of Moses -- The Torah. The name "Leviticus" is derived from the Septuagint, the Greek translation of Scripture into Greek by seventy elders in Alexandria. Even though the book seems to be addressed to the priests (the Levitical order), the book is addressed to all Israelites while living in the wilderness.

You shall be holy for I your God am holy (Leviticus 19:2)

This verse forms as it were the constitution of Israel. The call to holiness is at the heart of Leviticus and it is echoed in the gospels: "Be perfect for your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48) and "Be merciful for your heavenly Father is merciful" (Luke 6:36).

But Leviticus can be understood without the whole of Scripture. As Alfred Edersheim in his book "The Temple -- Its Ministry and Services" reminds us: "Moses must not be read independently of the Psalms, nor yet the Psalms independently of the Prophets. Theirs are not so many unconnected writings of different authorship and age, only held together by the boards of one volume. They form integral parts of one whole, the object of which is to point to the goal of all revelation in the appearance of the Christ. Accordingly, we recognize in the prophetic word, not a change nor a difference, but three well-marked progressive stages, leading up to the sufferings and the glory of Messiah. In the Proto-Evangel, as Genesis 3:15 has been called, and in what follows it, we have as yet only the grand general outlines of the figure. Thus we see a Person in the Seed of the woman; suffering, in the prediction that His heel would be bruised; and victory, in that He would bruise the serpent's head. These merely general outlines are wonderfully filled up in the Book of Psalms. The 'Person' is now 'the Son of David'; while alike the sufferings and the victory are sketched in vivid detail in such Psalms as 22, 35, 49, and 102; or else in Psalms 2, 72, 89, 110, and 118— to speak of other almost innumerable allusions."

Indeed, Leviticus begins where Exodus left off. There is a deep unity in Scripture that points to the unity of faith and the unity of the Liturgy for Leviticus is first and foremost a book on the Liturgy and Morality, and the sacrificial system it presents to us is a shadowy figure of the Mass. As we reflect on this book, we shall better understand the meaning of "Sacrifice" in our own lives. We will delve deeper into the Mass and realize the efficacy of the Lord's prayer in our lives. Leviticus is a window open on the holiness of the Lord. By contemplating its sacred verses we meditate on the great mystery of the one holy God who deigned walk in our midst and wished to be Emanuel -- God with us.

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The Book of Leviticus
The Mosaic Law
The Book of Leviticus is known as the Law, that is the Law that Moses -- not God -- gave to his people in the wake of the golden calf and the rejection of the Ten Commandments. The Law is inextricably bound to the Levitical priesthood instituted at the same time.

It is common for readers of the Bible to skip Leviticus, or to skim over it quickly: its detailed listing of seemingly inscrutable laws have very little in common with our daily lives. Further, there are commentators who suggest that the purpose of the Book of Leviticus was for Israel and Israel only, but now that the sacrificial system of the Temple does not hold anymore, the book has nothing substantial or meaningful to offer us.
Nevertheless, within Catholic Tradition, Leviticus holds a place of pride because it is a foreshadowing of the Sacrifice of the Mass.
This in-depth study of Leviticus will help you to:

Understand what God has always intended the Mass to be.
Deepen your appreciation for the efficacy of the Eucharist, and
Lead you into a deeper devotion to the Lord hidden in the Eucharist.

About your host

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Michael Mouawad

Michael Joseph Mouawad, aka Naji Mouawad, is a Lebanese-born Maronite. The Maronite Rite is one of the eastern rites of the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The Maronites go back to Antioch and are disciples of Saint Maron--hence the name.

Michael is a husband and a father of seven children. He taught scripture at several churches in the San Diego Area. Predominantly, he taught the bible at Saint Ephrem Maronite Church, and at Saint Margaret in Ocean Side. He chose to teach Scripture for Catholics who wanted to deepen their understanding of the Word of God and who were willing to dive deep into the text. While these studies are not a verse-by-verse examination of the pages, they dive deep into the original meaning. The singular goal of this study is to help every Catholic to live a more biblically-centered life and to understand our present times in light of the Scriptures.

Qorbono--notice no u!--is a Syriac word that means the Mass and the Eucharist. This was the site that Michael maintained for years to share these bible studies with the world and now he is happy to make them available via podcasts for easier access and availability.

Michael is also the author of a high-fantasy epic--The Epic of Ahiram. He has already published five books of that epic and is working on publishing the remaining four. The Epic is evangelization via story-telling. It introduces essential Catholic concepts, including angels, demons, and transubstantiation to a generation of readers who may have grown up never hearing of or understanding these notions.

Michael is a professional Lead Software architect with over twenty years of experience in this field and loves writing code for his own use.