I. The Offerings, chapters 1- 7 II. Consecration of Aaron and His Sons, chapters 8-10 III. Laws of Cleanliness and Holiness, chapters 11-15; 17-22 IV. The Day of Atonement, chapter 16 V. Laws Regulating the Personal Relationships of the Redeemed People, chapters 18-20 VI. Laws Regulating the Priesthood and the Seven Great Feasts of the Hebrew Calendar, chapters 21-23 VII. Additional Laws, Promises and Warnings, chapters 24-27
VAYIKRA El Moshe-He called to Moshe and HaShem spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting.
We have left the book of Shemot/Exodus, and now are at the beginning of
VAYIKRA /Leviticus. Moshe is giving us a review of the Covenant of GOD. The highlights include laws to live by, offerings and sacrifices. We are commanded to be a holy people; separated and set apart.
VAYIKRA gives details about the Levites who were the priests and worship leaders. In this portion we are given instructions about the burnt offering from a bull or male sheep or goat. For those who could not afford these expensive animals, they were to offer a dove. There are many other offerings discussed here, such as grain offerings, peace offerings and thanksgiving offerings. Sin offerings for the High Priest, the king and the entire nation are listed here. Finally, the guilt offering is mentioned.
All these were to symbolize commitment to GOD. They show us that we need to make sure we recognize that sin separates us from GOD. HaShem provided a way for us to be made clean so we can approach GOD to express our thanks and gratefulness for His redemption and living kindness toward us. All who are humble before Him shall be exalted (Matt 23:12).
For us, to have a happy prosperous spirit, with joy in our lives as well as satisfaction in our relationship with HaShem, we have to approach Him humbly. Yeshua, Himself, said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit (humble) for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matt 5:3).