Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Law and New Order

Today begins a journey through the book of Leviticus. This book can seem daunting at first read through because of the detailed instructions God outlines for the presentation of offerings and sacrifices. Reading through chapters 1 through 7 compels me to thank the Lord that I am not required to follow these regulations to the letter of the law.

In these chapters, we learn that sin requires an offering, a sacrifice. God explained to Moses exactly how to present suitable offerings for whatever offense a person was guilty of committing in the book of Leviticus.

The children of Israel were proficient sinners, and so am I. I am not a mistaker, I am a bonafide theoretically-card-carrying sinner. I have always known that about myself, but about two years ago I realized in a way I never had how deeply my sin offends my holy, righteous God, and how unworthy I am of his forgiveness.

Sin--any sin--breaks God's heart. It also separates the sinner from fellowship with God. Unlike the days when Leviticus was penned however, there is a perfect way for fellowship to be restored and for sin to be forgiven. Jesus Christ, God's Son, lived a sinless life and died in our place, becoming the once-and-for-all sacrifice for the sins of every person who will confess and believe.

Tonight, I thank God with all my heart that he forgives my sins without requiring me to present a blemish-free animal on an altar of sacrifice. How blessed we all are to be able to regain precious fellowship with God through the sacrifice of His perfect Son.

Praise You Father, for Jesus my Savior--the One whose blood covers a multitude of my sins. I love you and I am forever grateful.

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