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Leviticus 3-4

Daily Devotional from Leviticus 4--
Verses 15-17:
And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the Lord, and the bull shall be killed before the Lord. Then the anointed priest shall bring some of the blood of the bull into the tent of meeting, and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord in front of the veil.

Many are repulsed by the thought of the bloody animal sacrifices described in the Old Testament, but they had an important function. Animal sacrifices were made to atone (gain forgiveness) for the sin which defiled a person’s relationship with God.

Sin requires death (Rom 6:23a), but blood represents life (Lev. 17:11).

Blood obtained by the death of the sacrificial animal (penalty for sin) was sprinkled on the tabernacle floor. This  symbolized a restoration - the death caused by defilement of sin restored by the life of the blood. Because of the Father’s love, the Old Testament sacrificial system was replaced by the once-for-all sacrifice of the Perfect Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

All we must do is believe, confess our sins, repent and ask to receive that forgiveness.

Rick Bolesta
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