A BURNT OFFERING
Today's Reading: Exodus 29
Key Verse: Exodus 29:18
And you shall burn the whole ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the Lord; it is a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord.
This seems like a strange ugly scene in the middle of the ceremony and pageantry of the ordination of the High Priest and his fellow priests. Suddenly there is blood and death in the Tabernacle. Aaron and his sons are compelled to stand in their new beautiful robes and to participate in killing a ram. As they lay their hands on the animal, it is slaughtered, its blood drained and sprinkled around.
God ordered this ugly scene to remind us of the ugliness and seriousness of sin. Our sin results in death. The ram's death is a picture of God's mercy. An animal was dying in the place of Aaron and his sons. Of course, no animal is worth the value of a human being. Ultimately, only a human being could die for another human. Jesus, fully Human and fully Divine, accomplished this death.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, we recognize the horror of our sins which caused the terrible consequences of the death of Your Son, Jesus. We're so very, very sorry, Lord. May we be sorry enough to quit our sin. The enormity of Christ's personal sacrifice for us is overwhelming to us. We give You our lives according to the grace You've given us to do so. We pray these mercies through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen!
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