“If any one of the house of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn among them eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life” (Leviticus 17:10-11).
As we journey closer to the temple, we notice that the road ahead is sprinkled with blood. The Yom Kippur sacrifices have begun. God has decreed that blood must be shed, that it is blood that makes atonement for us. So we bring our sacrifices to the temple: bulls and goats–innocent animals that must die for us to be forgiven.
Jesus was a righteous Jew who kept the covenant with God. He would have been among those who brought sacrifices to the temple, and Jesus was certainly at the temple every year for this festival. Knowing what He knew, how hard it must have been for Him to see the deaths of these animals. He knew that this was just a picture of the sacrifice that was to come. He knew that the bulls and goats were just precursors of the sacrifice that God would make once for all, and that He would be that sacrifice. By that once-for-all sacrifice, God’s people would never have to slaughter another animal to atone for their sins.
By the death that this season anticipates, your sins have been paid for in full. Now our offerings at the temple are not sacrifices, but gifts of thanksgiving. Praise Him!
Prayer: My Lord God, You are the Creator of all things and have blessed me with much. Thank You for the sacrifice You made in my stead, and give me a heart filled with joy as I make an offering to You. In Y’shua’s name, Amen.
Ponder the path: Tomorrow is Sunday. Consider the offering you will bring. Remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for you and give with a grateful heart.