March 30, 2018

How fitting that this chapter comes to us on Good Friday.

Leviticus 1:1–2 (NLT) — 1 The Lord called to Moses from the Tabernacle and said to him, 2 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you present an animal as an offering to the Lord, you may take it from your herd of cattle or your flock of sheep and goats.

When you present means that they did this willingly. This is a picture of willingly accepting what Christ did for you on the cross and willingly giving yourself to the Lord. A laying down of your life for God. You will sacrifice your life for his life. Jesus sacrificed his life for our lives. He willingly laid down his life for us by presenting himself to the Father on our behalf.

Leviticus 1:3 (NLT) — 3 “If the animal you present as a burnt offering is from the herd, it must be a male with no defects. Bring it to the entrance of the Tabernacle so you may be accepted by the Lord.

God was describing the way to approach him. An offering had to be made. Jesus was our offering to make a way to approach God. Jesus had no defects. He was a pure spotless lamb. God always deserves the best that we can give him. Jesus was the best. Sin had blocked the entrance to God. It had shut the door. Like water and oil Holiness and sin do not mix. The door to God could only be opened by the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus on the Cross. And because of Jesus’ suffering we are now accepted by God.

Leviticus 1:4 (NLT) — 4 Lay your hand on the animal’s head, and the Lord will accept its death in your place to purify you, making you right with him.

Laying hands on the animals head signified a transfer of the person’s sin to the animal. It also signified the person’s faith that his sin was being forgiven. It was an act of faith to lay hands on the animal. For those of us who believe; God transferred our sin to Jesus thus making us acceptable to approach God.

Leviticus 1:5 (NLT) — 5 Then slaughter the young bull in the Lord’s presence, and Aaron’s sons, the priests, will present the animal’s blood by splattering it against all sides of the altar that stands at the entrance to the Tabernacle.

A blameless life is not enough(the animal had no defect) blood had to be shed to wash away our sin. Sin always kills. As blood was applied to the altar so Christ’s blood was applied to us. We are marked by the blood. The death angel must pass over. We live under the protection of the blood of Jesus. It is like an invisible force shield around us!

Leviticus 1:6 (NLT) — 6 Then skin the animal and cut it into pieces.

Sin destroys lives. This is also a picture of shredding the old life because a new life has begun. The old person is no longer recognizable just like Jesus was unrecognizable after being shredded with a whip. A new person, who is not like the old person has emerged. We are new creatures in Christ.

Leviticus 1:7–8 (NLT) — 7 The sons of Aaron the priest will build a wood fire on the altar. 8 They will arrange the pieces of the offering, including the head and fat, on the wood burning on the altar.

Laying on the altar is surrendering our will to God’s. We are offering our lives to him. Our most precious possession(our life) is now given to him.

Leviticus 1:9 (NLT) — 9 But the internal organs and the legs must first be washed with water. Then the priest will burn the entire sacrifice on the altar as a burnt offering. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

When our inside is clean our outside behavior will show it. When we have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus, God gives us a new heart and writes his word within us. We now will have the desire to live for him.

Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT) — 26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

Jeremiah 31:33 (NLT) — 33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Hey it is Good Friday and thanks to Jesus you can now enjoy a good, new life:) Have a Blessed Easter.

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