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First things first, let’s read Leviticus 6-10 this week. Stick with it girls! :)
Wow! I’m glad I live in the here & now. All those sacrifices given means that I would have needed to own some pretty big herds. I would have spent my days at the tabernacle door killing one animal after another and passing Moses & his sons some grain & oil every now and then.
This is the first time I’ve seen the need for confession and keeping short accounts with God as I read. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t there to see in the other books of course, I just didn’t see it. These people would have thought twice before lashing out or speaking ill of another person, it would mean getting another one of your animals and going through that whole process again. And they were learning in the not so distant past that their God was not to be trifled with, so they had to do it.
I’m so glad that I’m saved and have Christ as a mediator. Although the thought crossed my mind that His own sacrifice to remove the need of all previously needed sacrifices has made me lazy. It’s much easier to ‘kill Christ’ than to sacrifice as the Israelites had to. When I do something wrong I feel guilty and sorry, but that’s the end of it and soon forgotten. If I had to kill a cow or wring the head off a bird every time I sinned or thought I might have, it would have more of a lasting effect.
The whole comparison with the need for sacrifices from the Israelites and the priest being mediator for the people, and my own sin and the need for it to be paid and Christ being my high priest, is amazing. Thank you Jesus for being my high priest, for all my sin shall be forgiven me!
“So the priest shall make atonement for his sin that he has committed, and it shall be forgiven him.” 4:35c
I’ll be praying that the Lord reminds me of His sacrifice on my behalf and also to remind me to confess & keep short accounts with Him.
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