Day 12 - Burnt Offerings
Read Numbers 6:14.
When you’re reading the first five books of the Bible, you’ll see a lot of animal sacrifices when God told His people to burn up an animal to make peace and atone for sin. Atone means repair, or make “at one” again. This way of making atonement is hard for us to think about because we love animals. Can you imagine raising a lamb from its birth, feeding it every day and caring for it for a whole year, and then you have to kill it and burn it up in fire? God wanted us to see how serious our sin was, that it would take a living creature to pay for our sin.
Throughout the Law God made many more commands to kill animals and offer them as sacrifices to God, because God wanted us to know that only blood can cover guilt. Priests would have to offer burnt sacrifices all the time to make atonement—remember, that means repair the relationship—between a holy God and sinful man.
Hebrews 10:11-14 says “And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”
Praise Jesus that no more sacrifices need to be made!
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