Today’s Tasting: Leviticus 5-7: Moses received detailed instructions from the Lord for various types of offerings that were to be brought to the priests. These included the trespass offering for their sins and offerings to make restitution for harm they had done. Moses was given laws for the burnt offering, the grain offering, and the peace offering.
The book of Leviticus is also called the book of laws, because it clearly explains God’s laws in very fine detail. For example, in chapter seven, the people of Israel were told clearly not to eat the fat and blood from any animal that was used as an offering and that a portion of the peace offerings were to be given to Aaron and his sons.
Today’s Nourishment: Today’s passage is about the requirements for sacrificial offerings during the days of the Old Testament. It is amazing how very clear the Lord’s instructions were!
Today, because of the new covenant with God, we do not have to follow those rituals. Because of the blood of Christ shed for our sins, we do not have to bring the right sacrifice to a priest continuously to offer as atonement for our sins. Under the New Covenant, the sacrifice for our sin was offered once and for all time.
As Christians, we are given the gift of atonement through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. What an amazing gift to you and me! We do, however, need a relationship with Jesus Christ as our redeemer. We must believe that the day He hung on the cross and said “It is done,” He took our sin upon Himself and gave Himself as the final sacrifice. He cleansed us white as snow, taking the punishment on our behalf and saving us for all eternity.
“Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:15 NKJ)
“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9 NKJ)
However, that does not give us a “get out of jail free” card to continue living a sinful lifestyle. Many people today make a confession of faith in Jesus and then go about their lives, just as they did before. The truth is, if we really understand what it means to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, giving Him our hearts and lives, we would make a 180 degree turn from our sinful lifestyle. We would embrace the new freedom from sin that we have in Him. If you’re not sure, what it means for you personally, I urge you to take some time to read Romans 6:6-23. The Apostle Paul explains that if we believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that He rose from the dead, we have a new life in Him and are no longer slaves to sin.
That does not mean we are perfect, nor should we expect other Christians to be perfect. He gives us a new nature, His nature, but we still contend with our flesh and humanity. As human beings we will still sin and when we do, we need to ask for forgiveness. God promises to always forgive us when we ask.
Where do you stand with Jesus today? If you have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, you have given Him your heart and life. Have you turned your back on the sinful lifestyle you had before?
Perhaps you are reading these posts and you have never asked Jesus into your heart as Lord. You can do so today. It is never too late to have a relationship with the Lord. He loves you and desires you to ask Him into your life and heart. How wonderful it is to experience a true and living God in your life! Please respond with a comment if you have asked Jesus into your heart because of what you have read today. We will pray for you and answer any questions you may have for us at The Bible Feast Blog.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Leviticus 8-10
Name: Robin Hardy
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