Parenting Lessons From Leviticus a guest post by Robbi Bittle

Today I have the privilege of sharing a guest post written by Robbi Bittle with you. She shares the following:

Leviticus often gets a bad rap for being a dry and boring read. I recently started studying it in-depth for the first time and have been gleaning a lot.

All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness;  so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

As followers of Christ, we need to be familiar with the whole counsel of God’s Word, prayerfully reading both the Old and New Testaments. 

As a mom, I am usually thinking about the example that I am setting for my children, and this practice has really shaped how I am viewing Leviticus so far. Our family has also been reading through Leviticus, at a faster pace. 

Here are a few lessons I have been mulling over the past few weeks:

A Nation Set Apart

When our children ask why God gave the Isrealites such odd sounding rules, we explain that God wants His people to live differently from the rest of the world, and therefore gave His people guidelines for living in such a way that they stood out to those around them.

God is holy, and has always called His people to live holy lives, often going against the grain of society norms. For example, many of the animals God commanded the Israelites to avoid consuming were revered by the cultures around them as they were associated with gods in their religious practices. 

 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;  because it is written: “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”   1 Peter 1:14-16

Am I teaching my children the ‘why’ of our calling to live holy? 

“Whatever pertains to the Lord is sacred, and must be used with great reverence. “Be holy, for God is holy, and you pertain to Him” Matthew Henry

Worship and Sacrifice Leviticus 2-3

Moses was given very specific instructions regarding sacrifices. The people gave several different types of offerings, to be a soothing aroma to the Lord. 

Under the New covenant (which we live under) Christ is the sin offering for us, and we live as living sacrifices. 

How often do I stop to bring my ‘grain’ offering of recognition for what the Lord has done for me? Am I teaching my children to be thankful and purpose time specifically to thank the Lord? 

Sacrifices took intentional planning. Am I being intentional with my offerings?

Is the aroma of my offering pleasing to the Lord?

Faith at home is a concept that I am a huge fan of.

Being Aware Leviticus 5, 7

Even hidden sins can make someone impure. We must be very careful and aware of what is around us. 

We are bombarded with messages through many forms of media these days. Satan has been using many, many things to boil the proverbial frog. A little bit at a time. Just a little ungodly behavior here, a bit more there. Things that would have been reprehensible 50 years ago are flaunted today. 

As gatekeepers for our homes, we must be vigilant as to what messages we allow our families to be exposed to. At the same time it is important to teach our children how to make good choices for themselves. 

Matthew Henry notes: “Everything we honor the holy God with must be pure and carefully kept from pollution.” 

If we are to honor God with our lives, we must do our best to keep ourselves unpolluted. A few ways of doing this are going to God in repentance when we realize that we have sinned, and keeping watch of what we allow to influence our homes.

Getting Ourselves Right and Leading by Example Leviticus 8-9 

Aaron had recently created the infamous golden calf and yet God still chose to use Aaron when he repented. We are never too far gone to be used of God, if we humble ourselves and repent (turn away from our sin).

The priests of scripture had to be diligent in making sure they were clean before the Lord. We as leaders of our families likewise should take care to make sure that we are right with the Lord so that we can best serve Him and our families.

If the plumb line of our relationship with the Lord is off, the whole foundation of our home will be off.

Priests had to make each of the sacrifices themselves so that they could better empathize with the people offering sacrifices. To be humble and compassionate. 

We as parents need to remember that we have often been where our children find themselves and remain humble and compassionate with them. 

Aaron, now the distinguished high priest of Israel, led his sons by example in performing the duties of the priesthood. Performing the duties of one under him so that he might not think anything beneath him.

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. Until I come, give your attention to the public reading, to exhortation, and teaching. Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was granted to you through words of prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself and to the teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.           1 Timothy 4:12-16

For I gave you an example, so that you also would do just as I did for you. Truly, truly I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. John 13:15-17

As parents, it is vital that we remember that we are to set the example for our children. They pick up on far more than we think that they do.

Robbi Bittle writes at Timelessmamablog where she is passionate about sharing about faith, family and natural living. She and her husband are raising four littles for the kingdom of God.

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