Sacrifices presented for the Israelite People

Leviticus 9:15-24..15 Then he presented the people’s offering, and took the goat of the sin offering which was for the people, and slaughtered it and offered it for sin, like the first. 16 He also presented the burnt offering, and offered it according to the ordinance. 17 Next he presented the grain offering, and filled his hand with some of it and offered it up in smoke on the altar, besides the burnt offering of the morning. 18 Then he slaughtered the ox and the ram, the sacrifice of peace offerings which was for the people; and Aaron’s sons handed the blood to him and he sprinkled it around on the altar.

Aaron took a male goat and made a sin offering v.15; followed by the burnt offering in v.16 and the grain offering in v. 17. Aaron offered an ox and a ram as a peace offering for God’s people vv.18-21. The 7th animal sacrificed that day. When they were faithful to make these sacrifices to Him with a humble and repentant heart, He was faithful to forgive and cleanse them of their sins.

With the coming of Jesus, the need for priests to continually offer sacrifices on the altar came to an end.A B By the single offering of Himself He exhausted the wrath of God for the sins of people. C E

Do you think the Israelites or the priests every started presenting their sacrifices as a ritual sacrifices and offerings to God rather than with a holy, humble and repentant heart? Is that a risk for disciples today as we present our selves as a living sacrifice? We are to be holy in our conduct! G

“Holiness– God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are 100% devoted to each other in faithfulness and loyalty and trust.  The separation of holiness for disciples is having complete devotion to God and being separated from a world that disregards God. Human holiness has to do with moral purity as a result of the primary focus, our devotion to God. Moral purity and separation from sin is not the meaning of word holy but the result of being devoted to God.” H

We are to keep short accounts with God daily. F

Notes: A- 2 Corinthians 5:21; B- John 1:29; C- Hebrews 9:11-12 ; D- Hebrews 8:1; E- Hebrews 4:16; F- Click for Self-examination ; G- 1 Peter 1:15-16 ; H- From “A Theology of Biblical Counseling” by Dr Heath Lambert, Footnote 11 at bottom page 124.

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