Today you should read: Leviticus 9
Leviticus is traditionally the point in yearly Bible reading plans that really determine whether or not you will see the plan to completion. It’s understandable, because many of the things we see in this book are difficult to understand and apply to our lives. So today I want us to slow down and really look at this chapter and how it can impact us today.
1. Sin is serious.
In chapter 9, we see again the need for ritual and sacrifice because of sin. The sacrifices that must be in place are for both the priests and the people, showing that no one is untouched by the curse of sin. The same is true for us: pastors or ministry leaders are just as much in need of the grace of God as anyone else who is involved in their ministry. Sin touches everyone and is so serious that it requires death and sacrifice.
2. Sin robs the glory of God.
We see that one of the purposes of the sacrifice is so that the glory of God might appear to the people:
5 And they brought what Moses commanded in front of the tent of meeting, and all the congregation drew near and stood before the LORD. 6 And Moses said, “This is the thing that the LORD commanded you to do, that the glory of the LORD may appear to you.” (ESV)
In order for the glory of God to be a main part of your life, your sin has to be dealt with.
3. Sin must be dealt with.
In the Old Testament, we see that the way that God deals with sin is with a sacrifice that must be done regularly. That is what makes the sacrifice of Jesus so much better. Jesus dying on the cross for our sin and rising again is the once for all act that swiftly and completely deals with sin. All it takes is believing in Jesus and repenting of your sin, and your sin can also be taken away once and for all.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate
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