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Christianity often gets a bad reputation for being a religion full of rules and regulations. The character trait this incorrect view reflects most would be holiness.

Surely, holiness is about doing the right things. Or is it?

In the book of Leviticus, the word holy is repeated over 70 times. Leviticus details the sacrificial system, with seemingly endless requirements for sacrifices, the priests, and the principles for life.

Leviticus 11:45 tells us to “be holy for I am holy”, setting quite a high standard for believers to live up to.

If Christianity were a works based religion, Leviticus would be the ultimate checklist. As a grace based faith, we are able to ask “What is God showing us about himself?”

Leviticus 16 records of the Day of Atonement, which foreshadows the sacrifice of Christ and the work of grace. This was what God always wanted His people in the Old Testament to look forward to, the coming Messiah.