Leviticus 17:14 (ESV)
For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life….
I know, I know, blood isn’t a pretty thing to think about, but bear with me for a minute…
Blood is necessary for life – both physically and spiritually.
Although the book of Leviticus can be a pretty brutal book to read through, it’s necessary. The sacrifices and bloodshed chronicled throughout the book is a reminder to us of the brutal consequences of sin. Romans 6:23 says, “the wages of sin is death.” When sin is committed, death is mandated.
Death has been the consequence since the very first sin in Genesis 3. Genesis 3 says God clothed Adam and Eve with “garments of skins.” An animal (I’m guessing a spotless lamb) gave its life so Adam and Eve’s sins could be covered, creating a precedence for the future.
In my Bible, I’ve underlined every time the word “blood” is used in the book of Leviticus…and it’s used a lot! 87 times in 65 verses, to be exact. Blood is splattered, thrown, dipped, drained, and poured throughout the book. But “blood” isn’t the only word I have underlined throughout Leviticus; I’ve also underlined a much more positive word, “atonement.” It’s used 52 times in 46 verses. A simple way to define “atone” is to take the word apart. The blood of the lamb makes us “at one” with God.
The sacrifice is gory, but the result is glorious: sinful man is made “at one” with the holy God through the blood of the Lamb.
We don’t love the gory, but it’s necessary to access the glory!
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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