My Bible reading lately has been slow going through the book of Leviticus. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that it can sometimes be a challenge to read about the necessary details of the many offerings…whole-burnt, grain, peace and the latest one, a sin offering.
I discipline myself, however, to carefully read each verse. You never know what you will get from a seemingly insignificant bit of information. Come on, I’m sure you have thought the same thing when you have had to read about what to do if you find mold in your home.
There is also a lot to be said about what Jesus has done for us when He abolished the old law. What really strikes me is the issue of sin. Can you imagine the amount of blood that was involved in sacrificing all those animals? Offering after offering, one neck after another being sliced and parts of the animals being cut up. It’s really a gruesome thought.
While I don’t particularly care to think about that, it’s important. Blood is the way to redemption but thankfully we don’t have to see it poured out in order to be forgiven. Jesus did it once and for all when He was nailed to the cross.
Another thought that really strikes me is how in Leviticus 4:22-26 you read about the details of a sin offering. The priest was in charge of taking some of the blood and putting it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, along with the rest of the blood being poured out at the base.
It says, “Thus the priest shall make atonement for him in regard to his sin, and he will be forgiven.” I am so thankful I don’t need a priest to make atonement for my sins. I’m so glad I don’t have to come before my pastor and “present” my sin. I can go to the only One who can truly forgive me.
There is a lot of truth and wisdom that can be found in some of the more difficult passages of the Bible; don’t be too quick to pass over them.