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Saturday, July 21, 2012

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The instructions in Leviticus 6:8-7:38 supplement information concerning sacrifices in the earlier chapters. The holy fire that consumed sacrifices, lit by God Himself (9:24), was to continually burn at the center of Israelite worship. Sparks of human kindling would misrepresent the Savior’s sacrifice. To save us from the divine fire of the “second death” (Rev 20), Christ was consumed in our place by suffering the separation from His Father (Matt 27:46) that was equivalent to that fire. The Romans crucified many, but Jesus’ death was unique.

 

The sin offering was most holy, but if any of its blood spattered on a garment of a priest or on the offerer during slaughter, the blood was to be washed off, indicating that it carried a kind of defilement (compare Lev 11:25, 28, 35; Num 31:23-24) from the            sinful person.  Therefore, application of such blood to God’s sanctuary contaminated it, as a record of forgiven sin, so that it had to be purified on the Day of Atonement (Lev 16). Elsewhere, Leviticus prohibits bringing impurity into contact with God’s holiness (Lev 7:20-21). But by removing sins from people—freeing the offerer “from his sin”), God takes the responsibility on Himself by bearing their faults through holy sacrifice, symbolizing Christ. Christ’s good blood carries our sins from us, as blood in our bodies removes waste products. We are washed by the blood of the Lamb! 

 

Roy Gane

Andrews University