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Approaching a Holy God

Scripture reading for February 1st: Leviticus 1-3

Yuk!  Leviticus!  Why all the blood and death?  Why all the rules for priests and people concerning how they are to bring these sacrifices?  How can we worship a God who would demand this from His people?

This might be your reaction to this book of Scripture.  But after careful and prayerful reflection, it starts to add up.  Sin caused death.  (Genesis 2:16-17)  Death spread to all men because of Adam’s sin. (Romans 5:12-14)  God provided the first blood sacrifice for Adam and Eve after they sinned.  They had used fig leaves, but God clothed them with bloody skins of animals.  (Genesis 3:21)

Through the laws in Leviticus, God helped His people to see that sin brought death to an innocent sacrifice.  The Law was given to make us aware of the cost of sin.  (Romans 3:19-20) God was providing a way for sinful man to meet with God.  When offered according to God’s instructions, God would accept the blood sacrifice and cover over the sins confessed so man could meet with God and not die. (Leviticus 1:9,17; 2:9)

Today we enjoy the final sacrifice for sin that was made for us 2000 years ago.  Jesus Christ shed his precious blood on the cross of Calvary and declared: “It is finished!” (John 19:30)  When we approach this same Holy God, we can come boldly before His throne any time day or night for prayer, fellowship, or forgiveness. (Hebrews 4:14-16)  We do it by faith in the sacrifice of the body and blood of our Savior! (Hebrews 9:24-26)  What a blessing to be free from the laws and sacrifices of Leviticus!  We will not die or face judgment but enter eternal life when Jesus appears for His church!

“But now He (Christ) has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.  Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” Hebrews 9:26-28

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