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The Book of Leviticus is filled with pictures of Christ and His work of redemption on the cross. The five sacrifices in chapters 1-7 illustrate various aspects of His life and work; and the Day of Atonement beautifully pictures His death on the cross. Of course, we do not practice the Levitical sacrifices today, because Christ was the one sacrifice that paid the complete debt of sin. Hebrews 10:14 tells us, "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.".
This book reveals the awfulness of sin--it is not light and unimportant; it is a terrible thing in the eyes of God. The Jewish worshiper knew sin was a costly thing, for every sacrifice was very expensive. To atone for your sin and mine, the cost was the death of God's only Son.
We also see the holiness of God in this great book. He makes a distinction between the clean and unclean, and warns His people, "Ye shall be holy, for I am holy." God still desires that His children be holy, separated from the world and its sin. A Christian cannot enjoy salvation if there is sin in his life. Though Satan is constantly declaring war, as he shoots his fiery darts of temptation at Christians, we should remember that, "Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." Our power over sin is only effective as we allow the One living IN us to also live THROUGH us--thus defeating Satan and his temptations.