Gurls, I’ve been reading Exodus and Leviticus and it’s about to get real.
Here’s the bad news. We are all sinners! I don’t care if you are a preacher or a prisoner in jail; we all sin daily. The issue then becomes how can we have our sins forgiven and I’m telling you what – I’m sure glad that I wasn’t living with the Israelites as they made their way to the Promised Land.
Back then, the Israelites were commanded to bring an animal sacrifice to the Lord. There were precise guidelines on which animals, and what they were to be used for. Plus, there were set guidelines on what to do with the blood and the flesh of these animals, and you had to follow these guidelines to the letter, or there could be horrible consequences. Two of the sons of Aaron decided to “add” to the ritual set by the Lord, and they paid the price for their disobedient behavior.
10 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.
The idea of killing a bull, a lamb, or even pigeons sends shivers down my spine. Draining the blood of the animals and sprinkling all around sounds horrible to me, but that was a normal practice for that era. The animals absorbed the sins and the people were cleansed after the sacrifice.
In Leviticus 16, the Lord gives the instructions for Aaron on the Day of Atonement. A day when sacrifices were made for the people, and a “scapegoat” was sent out into the wilderness to carry away the sins of the people.
Now for the Good News! All of those practices ended with the death of Jesus Christ. HE became the slain Lamb who carried away our sins. He was the ultimate and perfect sacrifice as described in John 1:29.
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
The innocent animals didn’t do anything wrong, but they died for the one doing the sacrifice. Jesus was innocent and sinless, but he “willingly” died on the cross for you and me. He carried away our sins so that we may have forgiveness.
2 Corinthians 5:21
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
I confess that Leviticus sometimes loses me, but I know this -God made a way for us all to be together and I’m going to walk in joy because of that this week!
Have A Blessed Day!