- Leviticus 8:1-11:47
“Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood which was on the altar, and sprinkled it on Aaron, on his garments, on his sons, and on the garments of his sons with him; and he consecrated Aaron, his garments, his sons, and the garments of his sons with him.” –Leviticus 8:30, NKJV
Consecrate: dedicate to a sacred service (www.merriam-webster.com) Aaron and his sons were dedicated to a sacred service. As priests before the Lord, they came clean before him. And that clean came from the blood.
A sacrifice had to be made to cover their sins before they could come before their holy God. In Leviticus, the blood of animals was used. Today, our salvation is less bloody in our daily lives, but the sacrifice was so much more.
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.” –Romans 5:7, NKJV
We would agree with this verse from Romans. The more difficult to grasp is that Jesus, the perfect Son of God, would lay down His life for us. But stepping back from Romans 5:7, we peek at more of the context:
“ For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:6-8, NKJV
While we are sinners, Christ sacrificed His own life that we might come before God holy and blameless. Though unfathomable, we can have this relationship with God as a result of the sinless Lamb allowing the shedding of His blood on our behalf.
Shirk not away from the blood, for it is the only thing that can save.
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