During this episode of The Berean Academy, Jeff Younger leads this study of the book of Leviticus and its implications for Christian education. We are studying each of the books of the books of the Bible in these weekly forums in order to complete the whole Bible by August 2022.
In our discussion of Leviticus, Jeff Younger, member of the Antioch Orthodox church, will lead on topics, possibly including the following:
Leviticus lays down a code regarding the responsibilities of the priests. Eventually in the Jewish culture, that role evolved into the "rabbi" or teacher. In our Christian context, how much of the priestly role in Leviticus has been transferred now to the educational field?
The priests were tasked to evaluate the offerings to the Lord and make sure that only the best is presented to God. Do teachers play that role today in any way, demanding the best from students and differentiating their best work from their work that's lacking, and then making sure that the best is presented before God?
Many of the sacrificial laws in Leviticus emphasize that God is to be presented with the "first fruits," the best of one's harvest or flock. As educators, aren't we likewise expected to ingrain in students a priority for their strongest talents? Is it fair to say that as teachers we have a calling to identify the students' strongest gifts and to make sure those gifts are directed toward God?
The comprehensive nature of the Levitical code has often overwhelmed people, but there is an important lesson there about the ultimate sovereignty of God in all academic disciplines. God gave Moses a law that governed everything from curing fabrics of mildew to the regulation of debts. Every imaginable discipline of study looks to a realm of human activity that draws from God, ultimately.
Many people who tout "love thy neighbor as thyself" as Jesus' best line are not aware that this line comes from Leviticus. While this book of the Mosaic code strikes countless people as overly legalistic, it is also the book of the Bible that highlighted the importance of neighborly love as the fundamental principle of all standards of conduct. How do Christian educators cultivate this ethos of Leviticus so that their classroom is not just a class but a Christian community?
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