Sitting here at the dawning of a new day. Surrounded by quietness and tranquility, my mind reminisces on the burdens of the Old Covenant. The rituals, the laws, the sacrifices – all under the old dispensation. And, although we are no longer under the law, there is great value in knowing the history of God’s gracious plan of salvation, His judgment of sin, and His revealed will for all people. Paul says: “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
I think about how Uzzah died for touching the ark of God. Why? Simply put, it was unlawful for him to do so. When I read about the civil laws and ceremonial laws, it makes me more appreciative of the Sacrificial Lamb of God. That is why I resist when people try to mix the old wine in with our new wine of salvation! #nocondemnation #iaminChristJesus!
I am free to go boldly before God’s throne of grace to find grace to help me in my time of need. I do not have to have a back door relationship with Him. I do not have to approach Him vicariously through man because the veil of the temple is rent from top to bottom.
To give up something, to surrender something, to forego something to God
Here in the 21st Century, most of us do not understand the significance of the sacrificial system of the Old Testament found in the Book of Leviticus. The Law that God gave to the Israelites through Moses. The basic idea of those sacrifices, which often involved the death of an animal, was that of substitution.
THE WHOLE BURNT OFFERING was presented as an act of worship and devotion to God.
THE GRAIN OR MEAL OFFERING was presented as an act of thanksgiving, recognizing God as the giver of blessings, and the provider of good things.
THE PEACE OFFERING was offered as an act or worship; as well as asking for forgiveness.
THE GUILT OR TRESPASS OFFERING to make up for cheating God, or for robbing or cheating another person.
THE SIN OFFERING
- A young bull for the high priest and the whole nation
- A male goat for a tribal leader
- A female goat or lamb for ordinary people
- Two doves or pigeons for the poor
- Two pounds of fine flour for the very poor
- Two goats and a ram on the Day of Atonement or the Day of Forgiveness – one goat was to be sacrificed as a sin offering providing for forgiveness; the other goat was released into the wilderness providing for the removal of sin.
All of this…
To ask for forgiveness! To say, “Lord, I’m sorry for all the wrong I’ve done!” To clean up what you’ve messed up! To worship God! Just to say “Father, I Thank You!” For Saving Me, I Thank You! For Setting Me Free, I Thank You! For Allowing Me to See Another Day, Thank You! Thank You for Being My Burden Bearer! Thank You for Being My Heavy Load Sharer! Thank You for Being a Bridge over Troubled Waters! A Friend that Sticks Closer Than a Brother, Thank You! For Giving Me Another Chance, I Thank You! For Supplying My Needs, Lord I Thank You! For Protecting Me, Lord I Thank You! For Being My Shelter in the Time of Storm, Lord I Thank You!
However, the sacrifices in the Old Testament could never completely meet this need. Rather, they point forward to the one perfect sacrifice of Jesus! ‘We have been sanctified,’ he said, ‘through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all And every priest indeed stands day by day ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices which can never take away sins; but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sin forever, sat down on the right hand of God; henceforth expecting till his enemies be made the footstool of his feet. For by one offering he has perfected for ever them that are sanctified’ ( Heb. 10:10-14).
He hung His head in the locks of His shoulders, He gave up the ghost and He died just for you and me! So, it is not about people, places, and things anymore – JUST JESUS! We are living, worshipping, serving beyond the veil!
New Wine ~~~ Yvonne James | https://www.yvonnejames.com | © Yvonne James (aka Elder Yvonne James) and Blogging with Yvonne, 2010-2017.