night of the last plague on Egypt, an unblemished lamb was killed and its bloodapplied to the doorposts of the houses of God’s people, protecting them fromthe angel of death. This foreshadowed Jesus, the Lamb of God without spot or blemish (1 Peter 1:19), whose blood applied to us ensures eternal life. Amongthe symbolic presentations of Christ in the book of Exodus is the story of the water from the rock inExodus 17:6. Just as Moses struck the rock to providelife-giving water for the people to drink, so did God strike the Rock of oursalvation, crucifying Him for our sin, and from the Rock came the gift of living water (John 4:10). The provision of manna in the wilderness is a perfect pictureof Christ, the Bread of Life (John 6:48), provided by God to give us life.
Chapters 1-7 outline the offerings required of both the laity and the priesthood. Chapters 8-10 describe the consecration of Aaron and hissons to the priesthood. Chapters 11-16 are the prescriptions for various types of uncleanness. The final 10 chapters are God’s guidelines to His people forpractical holiness. Various feasts were instituted in the people's worship of Jehovah God, convened and practiced according to God's laws. Blessings orcurses would accompany either the keeping or neglect of God's commandments(chapter 26). Vows to the Lord are covered in Chapter 27.The primary theme of Leviticus is holiness. God's demand for holiness in Hispeople is based on His own holy nature. A corresponding theme is that of atonement. Holiness must be maintained before God, and holiness can only beattained through a proper atonement.
Much of the ritualistic practices of worship picture in many ways the person and work of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10 tellsus that the Mosaic Law is “only a shadow of the good things that are coming” by which is meant that the daily sacrifices offered by the priests for the sin of thepeople were a representation of the ultimate Sacrifice—Jesus Christ, whosesacrifice would be once for all time for those who would believe in Him. Theholiness imparted temporarily by the Law would one day be replaced by theabsolute attainment of holiness when Christians exchanged their sin for therighteousness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Most of the events of the Book of Numbers take place in the wilderness, primarily between the second and fortieth years of the wandering of