Today you should read: Ezekiel 45
One of the things I learned about God’s word in bible college was the idea of imagery and example in the bible, especially the Old Testament and how it was pointing to Jesus. There were so many ideas. rituals, sacrifices and celebrations that were all made and put in place for one main purpose, to point the people to Jesus. Many of the things we read about in today’s passage are beautiful imagery about God, his kingdom and the son, Jesus Christ.
The first thing we see is the sacrificial system as a whole. This was set in place, not to appease God and earn forgiveness (Hebrews 10:4) but so that the people would see their need for a sacrifice to happen on their behalf for the forgiveness of their sins. God wasn’t interested in the animals but rather wanted them to see that they were helpless without a sacrifice. Secondly, the condition of the sacrifice had to be perfect. There was no room for error or defect. Each animal was to be without blemish. This wasn’t because God was picky about His animals but rather that he wanted us to see that no old sacrifice would do but it had to come from perfection. The one to be sacrificed was to be perfect, without sin of their own. And lastly, we see some festivals held in God’s honor. Things like the Passover , the feast of booths and others were not just some fun carnivals to have fun at but rather they were solemn remembrances of what God had done for them in the past and what God was planning to do in the future.
This principle of seeing Jesus and God ‘s story of salvation throughout the Bible is one I hope you will begin to practice now. As you have your quiet time and times of bible study look for these and other symbols throughout the Bible that are meant to point us to Christ. As you read on come back and post some of these symbols you come across to share with others.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd