Songs from Leviticus

This is the third entry in a series on Songs from the Books of the Bible.

Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankindβ€”songs of Salvation, the Cross, the Resurrection, and eternity. But critics claim that they focus on these themes to the exclusion of other Biblical themes which are appropriate and perhaps necessary to address in song.

For how many chapters in Leviticus can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

This one, it turns out, is quite the challenge, because Leviticus contains one of the smallest percentages of narrative text in the Bible, and narrative text inspires a high percentage of songs. But surely we can find more than the three I named below!

  • Leviticus 1-7: Laws for specific offerings
  • Leviticus 8-9: Consecration of Tabernacle
  • Leviticus 10: Sins of Nadab and Abihu and of Eleazar and Ithamar
  • Leviticus 11: Clean and unclean animals
  • Leviticus 12-15: Personal uncleanliness laws
  • Leviticus 16: Day of Atonement / Most Holy Place / Scapegoat
  • Leviticus 16: One Holy Lamb (Poet Voices / Tribute Quartet)
  • Leviticus 17: Further sacrificial laws
  • Leviticus 18-20: Personal conduct laws
  • Leviticus 21-22: Laws for the priesthood
  • Leviticus 23: Laws for the Sabbath and the feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Tabernacles)
  • Leviticus 24: Laws for the Oil for the Lamps and the Shewbread
  • Leviticus 25: Laws for the Sabbath Year and the Year of Jubilee (The only Jubilee songs that come to mind from Southern Gospel don’t specifically address the Old Testament custom, but they were nonetheless inspired by this passage)
  • Leviticus 25: Jubilee’s A-Comin’ (Statesmen, Blue Ridge Quartet, Triumphant Quartet, Royce Mitchell)
  • Leviticus 25: Heaven’s Jubilee (Blue Ridge Quartet, Brian Free & Assurance, Chuck Wagon Gang, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Gold City, Greater Vision, The Hoppers, Legacy Five, The Old Paths, Poet Voices, Songfellows, Speer Family
  • Leviticus 25: Jubilee (“The Happy Jubilee”) (Booth Brothers/Legacy Five/Greater Vision, Gospel Singing Jubilee, The Kingsmen, The Rambos, Stewart Varnado)
  • Leviticus 26: I’ve Made a Covenant With My Lord (Kingsmen)
  • Leviticus 26: God’s covenant with Israel
  • Leviticus 27: Laws of consecration

What others come to mind?


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  1. None coming to mind right now, but I look forward to seeing the results of this one.

    • Too bad! When I put up this post, I thought, “Brian is my only hope of getting to more than three!” πŸ™‚

      • It’s early yet… πŸ™‚

      • Whew! πŸ™‚

  2. My mind was immediately drawn to Nadab and Abihu, which, as you said, is part of the very small narrative portion of Leviticus. If someone hasn’t already, there should be a song written about “strange fire”. Relate it to this modern day of things people call worship, that really isn’t close to real worship.

    Still thinking…:)

    • I’ve heard multiple sermons preached on the topic, but no songs!

  3. Doesn’t relate exactly to Lev 26, but the Kingsmen song I’ve made a covenant with my Lord has some relevance to that scripture.

    • Thanks, Jeremy! I might not do this in Luke or in Revelation, but here … yes, I’ll definitely take “some relevance”! πŸ™‚

  4. One Holy Lamb. It’s about atonement.

  5. How about from Leviticus 11, that Statesmen Quartet classic “It Ain’t No Good if It Don’t Chew the Cud”.

    πŸ™‚

    • It appears as if I ground this discussion to a screeching halt…

      • No, I think lack of material ground it to a screeching halt!