Today you should read: Leviticus 1
Leviticus is a book about the Law of the Lord. It shows all through the Holiness of God and how we could never keep God’s law to perfection. Here is a quick overview video:
In the beginning of this book God is telling Moses to instruct the people with what He is about to tell him (v. 1-2). The first chapter in particular is about the ritual of burnt offerings. Though the Israelites in reality did this was foreshadowing of what was to come in Jesus. There were strict requirements:
- Perfect (v. 3, 10)
- Blood had to be spilt (v. 5)
- The skin had to be cut (v. 6,12)
There were other requirements but when we look at these we see Jesus. Jesus was perfect. His blood was spilt for us. He was lashed and beaten for us. He did this in order to make us right with God just like in verse 4. But Jesus didn’t just provide a temporary cover or “fix” of our actions… He brought us from death to life. He fixed our heart.
This made me think of Psalm 51:16-17:
16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
This is why Jesus came. He came not to set us free from the requirements of the law but the burden of the law (performing for our salvation). We are free to obey and grow in holiness. We are free now to obey the heart behind the law. Jesus became our sacrifice to make this possible.
Just like the burnt offerings in Leviticus, Jesus was substitutionary – He took our place.
How can you live in this truth & praise God? What do you need to give to God today and walk in the light in?
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate: College
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