Precious Blood of Jesus

Aaron and his sons are additional recipients of God’s communication in Leviticus 17. The Lord gives instructions concerning the killing of animals for food and as a sacrifice. They would bring their animal (ox, lamb, or goat) to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting as an offering to the Lord (v. 5).

The blood from the sacrifice would be splashed against the altar of the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting and the fat was burned as an aroma pleasing to the Lord (v. 7). The blood may not be eaten but must be drained out and covered with earth because the life of every creature is its blood (v. 14).

The purpose for following these laws was to get back to a right relationship with God and bring glory to His name. Refraining from eating blood showed respect for the sanctity of life since blood is vital in supporting life as it circulates through the body to bring oxygen to all parts.

Because of blood’s importance in supporting life, God choose it as the symbol for atonement in forgiveness of sin. The only way to atone for sin during the time of Moses was through the sacrifice of animals and the splashing of their blood on the altar.

Revealed in this chapter is the relationship of God to His people and why so much importance should be placed in the “precious” blood of Jesus shed upon the Cross. Through His blood, we are justified, redeemed, washed, and sanctified.

One of the hardest things in life is knowing who to listen to. So many people have their own opinion in what way to go but so many people just follow whoever without thinking through where they want to go. Many times, society wants to immediately get to a better place but it’s usually in the wrong direction.

Instead, determine the top priority and set out to swiftly go in the right direction. Be devoted to directions given from God’s Word and during prayer time. Because of Jesus, the Spirit of God is in your heart will give direction to what you should do today and where you want to go tomorrow. Once received, be devoted to carrying out these instructions with focus and initiative until finished.

Lord, You created us to do amazing things for Your glory. Unfortunately, sin got in the way from the very beginning. Over the years, Your people tried to follow the laws You handed down to Moses but there was no way anyone could follow. You sent Your Son as the ultimate sacrifice so we now have an opportunity for Your Spirit to live in our heart. We accept this Way of salvation and are ready for the challenges we face. We are ready for this day and will let Your light shine in what we do and say as we present a picture of Your glory to others. Amen.

 

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Survivor Hour by Hour

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7

The lesson from our analyses of Leviticus 16 and documented in the post “Run the Race with the Finish Line in Mind” is to love the Lord with all your heart, follow the Way, and continue to obey.

We don’t have to wait another moment before starting to run the race with the pace of a world class athlete. All we have to do is confess to be blessed. Because of Jesus, we have privileged access to the Holy Spirit. Jesus has already gone the extra mile and always appears in the presence of God with us to make us a survivor hour by hour.

If during you day, you feel like dropping out of the race, take a moment to click on this video: Survivor by Zach Williams. Also, here is a poem below to inspire and power you through the headwinds of your day.

Held down by burdens
Of a difficult past
But You gave hope
To make us last.

Something to believe in
And born again;
Rescued from the grip
Of our past sin.

Love came crashing in
Taking on our sin
With Jesus our fighter
We are a survivor.

Because of grace,
We are pulled from the fire
And will finish the race
Hour by hour. 


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Run the Race with the Finish Line in Mind

This day with God will be amazing because we are gaining wisdom each day. We are learning from the past, praying in the present, and listening for instructions toward the future. Reading in Leviticus 16, the Lord gives Moses instructions for his brother Aaron before meeting with Him in the Most Holy Place (v. 2).

We are told that God appears in a cloud over the atonement cover and that the smoke of the incense conceals the atonement cover so Aaron would not die. Remembering earlier analyses of Leviticus 10, the sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu disobeyed the Lord when they burned incense in their fire pan and were burned to death. They had committed an infraction of the ritual and punished by death.

We learned from delving into the Word that there were extreme consequences for disobeying the Lord during the time of Moses and to make atonement for sins, there had to be a sacrifice of animals. For our sins to be banished today, Jesus is the sacrifice if we confess our sins and accept Him as Savior.

When we confess, we are then blessed. So the lesson today is that we are to love the Lord with all our heart, follow the Way, and continue to obey. We are to run the race with the finish line always in mind knowing where we are going because the Lord’s Way is aligned with the destination. We will persevere with passion in our heart to finish the race strong because the reward at the end of the finish line will be beyond what could ever be imagined.

This day with You Lord, we run the race with the finish line in mind. When the headwinds of life try to push us back, we will keep going. You will help us handle anything because we know the Way, are prepared, and expect You to pull us through until the end. We will persevere because You are with us to finish strong. Amen.

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