Prayer Focus: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda

Bible Reading: Leviticus 8-10

Scripture

Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them.  And having sacrificed the sin offering, the burnt offering and the fellowship offering, he stepped down.  Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting.  When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.  Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar.  And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.  (Leviticus 9:22-24)

Observation

God left heaven and dwelt among us for a time, a holy God living with unclean, sinful people.  Luckily, he made a way to dwell with us in spite of it.

Leviticus 1-7 is all about the five major sacrifices that God called the Israelites to perform.  He detailed exactly what to do.  Then, in Leviticus 8-10, after being ordained, they instituted the practice.

In order for us to be able to be with God, who is Holy, we (who are common and unclean) must first be clean.  There are two categories that God places us within; Holy and Common.  Within the unclean category, he makes a further distinction, clean and unclean.  It was this division of states that made it impossible for us to get to Heaven on our own, and it’s the reason God made it possible, through these five types of sacrifices, to move between these states and be acceptable to approach Him.  Those sacrifices were Burnt Offerings, Grain Offerings, Peace Offerings, Purification Offerings, and Guilt Offerings.  Please look into them, find out the function behind the design, why He was so specific about them.

 

Application

So, what can I take away from this?

We are no longer living in Old Testament times when we needed sacrifices to be able to approach God.  Today, we can approach God without the office of the priest, because Christ became our High Priest.

Hebrews 10:19 – 23 says “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

That is worth shouting about, don’t you think?

Prayer

Thank you for your faithfulness to me, I am so grateful that that you didn’t leave me to myself, but had a plan worked out from the very beginning to preserve a way for me to be able to approach you and enter into your presence.  Through time, through the generational sin that’s passed through my family line, you still found a way to reconcile me to your side.  I will never fully understand the sacrifice you made in sending your son to be the atonement for me.  I pray though, Lord, that I never take that sacrifice you made for granted.  I shout for joy and fall face down.

Amen.

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