Leviticus 4:2-4,13,22,27,35 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. This is how you are to deal with those who sin unintentionally by doing anything that violates one of the Lord’s commands. “If the high priest sins, bringing guilt upon the entire community, he must give a sin offering for the sin he has committed. He must present to the Lord a young bull with no defects. He must bring the bull to the Lord at the entrance of the Tabernacle, lay his hand on the bull’s head, and slaughter it before the Lord... “If the entire Israelite community sins by violating one of the Lord’s commands, but the people don’t realize it, they are still guilty... “If one of Israel’s leaders sins by violating one of the commands of the Lord his God but doesn’t realize it, he is still guilty... “If any of the common people sin by violating one of the Lord’s commands, but they don’t realize it, they are still guilty... Then he must remove all the sheep’s fat, just as he does with the fat of a sheep presented as a peace offering. He will burn the fat on the altar on top of the special gifts presented to the Lord. Through this process, the priest will purify the people from their sin, making them right with the Lord, and they will be forgiven.
Another record of the seemingly senseless brutality of the Israelites is on display as God instructs them to make atonement for their unintentional sins by sacrificing animals.
We know today there is no blood shed for sins but why did God insist on such a gory sacrifice and is it relevant today?
When we look back to the beginning when God made Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden of Eden, we remember most clearly their sin of eating the condemned fruit that cast its spell on all humanity.
This act caused Adam and Eve to feel ashamed of their nakedness and they hid from God. God had to make the first animal sacrifice for them to cover their nakedness by providing them the hide of the animals as clothing.
This was the moment when the glory of God that covers all living things disappeared from man and we now know nakedness whereas we don't feel the same way about trees, animals or any other living creature.
This sacrifice of animals was what it took for us to be made right with God and set the need for sacrifices to justify our brokenness.
Furthermore shepherding was the primary profession of the Israelites in those times and remained for centuries to come. The heavy cost of sacrificing one's own property was to show the terrible divide between fallen man and a holy and righteous God.
When Jesus came down and lived among us, He came to be the full and final payment of human sins for all eternity. His blood was the most expensive sacrifice ever because He was God's own and most loved son.
Jesus took the penalty of humanity's sin and bore the wrath of God's anger against people when He voluntarily went to the cross and sacrificed His life.
This is why today we no longer need to sacrifice blood for our brokenness because it was DONE once and for all.
Rather than blaming God for his brutal demand of blood for brokenness, we need to examine our brokenness in the mirror of God's holiness and realize the cost God Himself paid by sacrificing His own dear son for sinful humans like you and me.
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Those of us who are saved are also warned today that although we have been justified by faith in Christ's sacrifice, we are still sinful in our thoughts and actions and therefore need to regular ask the Holy Spirit to reveal our unintentional and intentional sins that we might lay them before Jesus and ask His forgiveness.
Being made co-heirs to Christ through His death and resurrection does not make us impervious to sins rather it gives us hope beyond the grave. As Jesus taught us in the Lord's prayer, we need to ask for forgiveness daily and continue to walk in humility and love never forgetting the price that was paid to set us free.
In His Loving Service,
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