Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 14:33-16:34
Heavenly Father, today’s reading gives us more examples of…
- Why it’s important to read all the Bible
- How the Old Testament and New Testament fit together
- Our desperation to be clean and pure
- The failure of rules and regulations to purify
- Our need of a savior
“Aaron will present his own bull as a sin offering to purify himself and his family, making them right with the Lord. Then he must take the two male goats and present them to the Lord at the entrance of the Tabernacle. He is to cast sacred lots to determine which goat will be reserved as an offering to the Lord and which will carry the sins of the people to the wilderness of Azazel. Aaron will then present as a sin offering the goat chosen by lot for the Lord. The other goat, the scapegoat chosen by lot to be sent away, will be kept alive, standing before the Lord. When it is sent away to Azazel in the wilderness, the people will be purified and made right with the Lord. —Leviticus 16:6-10
The children of Israel were finding out very quickly that trying to stay pure before the Lord was a 24 hour-a-day job. Heavenly Father, I’m amazed at the lengths You went to make a way of escape for Moses and his people. The processes You put in place were mind-blowing.
I sometimes wonder, “why didn’t You just send Jesus to die for our sins in the time of Moses?” After all, You knew we couldn’t keep “The Law”. But the more I study Your Word and understand Your nature I realize You knew we needed a savior but we had to discover that. We (Your people) had to get in touch with our sinfulness.
Lord, You knew we needed a scapegoat, someone to transfer our sins to and a way to remove those sins from Your presence. You gave us and example of what that would look like in Leviticus:
“When Aaron has finished purifying the Most Holy Place and the Tabernacle and the altar, he must present the live goat. He will lay both of his hands on the goat’s head and confess over it all the wickedness, rebellion, and sins of the people of Israel. In this way, he will transfer the people’s sins to the head of the goat. Then a man specially chosen for the task will drive the goat into the wilderness. As the goat goes into the wilderness, it will carry all the people’s sins upon itself into a desolate land. —Leviticus 16:20-22
Lord, I’m sure Moses and the people in today’s reading were very thankful for the scapegoat. I’m sure they were happy when they saw the goat leave the camp with “their sins.” Oh how they would be amazed to know that many generations later there would be One who would carry our past, present, and future sins to the cross and die for us and those sins would be gone forever.
Lord, as we read pages and pages of regulations, rules, and laws, help us to realize how helpless and hopeless we would be without Jesus!
Father, thank You for making a way of escape!
Thank You for Jesus!
Amen and Amen!
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 17:1-19:37