Leviticus 7:1,7,11,19,22-23,28-29,37-38 “‘These are the regulations for the guilt offering, which is most holy... “‘The same law applies to both the sin offering and the guilt offering: They belong to the priest who makes atonement with them... “‘These are the regulations for the fellowship offering anyone may present to the LORD... “‘Meat that touches anything ceremonially unclean must not be eaten; it must be burned up. As for other meat, anyone ceremonially clean may eat it... The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats... The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who brings a fellowship offering to the LORD is to bring part of it as their sacrifice to the LORD... These, then, are the regulations for the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the ordination offering and the fellowship offering, which the LORD gave Moses at Mount Sinai in the Desert of Sinai on the day he commanded the Israelites to bring their offerings to the LORD.
As I read through the detail in today's chapter, I was often lost and wandering rather than focussing on the detail God laid out for the Israelites.
That is irresponsible and insensitive on my part but the reason probably was my boredom with the regulations that don't apply to us today.
Why would God record all these old covenant requirements and have us study it today when times have changed, the requirements have changed too and we live in a period of grace?
Someone once said that legends don't appear, they are created and in the same sense, Christ did not just land up without reason at a random point in time but was long awaited and arrived at just the right time to provide the perfect answers to a people that are seeking hope.
Every person, regardless of their age or sex is born a seeker. Seeking answers is the one need of humanity that keeps us moving forward and is why we see such advancement in every area of our lives.
If all are seeking, why cant we find the solution is what you might wonder. That is because we seek that which is realizable and comprehendible in our paradigm and not something beyond.
One of the great fears of humanity is falling prey to mysticism and things that are irrational but that does not mean they do not exist and therefore by avoiding or ignoring them, they go away.
Every human is born and dies, a natural process of life. Because of our senses, we feel, see, touch, taste and think and because of our emotions, we feel joy, sorrow, happiness, jealousy, etc.
However, the two aspects of life that we chose to avoid are guilt and hope. Guilt because of what we have done that has brought hurt to others and ourselves and hope because that is the only future concept that gives purpose to living for today.
If we did not hurt and feel hurt, we would live without any meaning. Hurt comes from the concept of morality we all seem to have within us. Everyone feels hurt and tries to live as far away from it as possible.
However, with the fall of man through the sin of Adam and Eve, hurt is a reality and we cannot break free from it. This is why hope is so important because when we have hope, we seem to have life.
In our present world, there is no hope. No amount of wealth or resources would buy us hope, no earthly god can give us hope or redeem us from guilt and so we live a life as prisoners vaulted in an express train about to leap over the gorge of eternal destruction.
In the old testament times, God helped the Israelites recognize sin and hurt and provided for them hope through sacrifices. This was temporal and quickly became rituals as is even today.
With the arrival of Jesus Christ, God provided the perfect, total and only solution to mankind that met all of God's requirements and provided us a link back to God, the one we as humans have always sought.
The sacrifices were but a shadow of the one who sacrificed Himself for us and the blood spilled by man through our sins was the payment Christ paid for us.
When we, like the altar, are sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, we are spared from our guilt and made holy in God's sight. When we are spared and saved by the blood, we are filled with the Holy Spirit, God's own spirit that seals us for eternity as His own. Through Christ's resurrection, we are then given hope of living in God's favor for eternity.
Do you and I still live lives where we work our salvation out or do we live in the salvation Christ provided freely to us through His shed blood?
In His Loving Service,
Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV, ©2011) And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
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