It can be difficult trying to relate to traditions in the Old Testament. Many of the concepts seem far-fetched and outdated. It can even be quite daunting reading certain books …
Often you may find yourself saying: ‘How does this apply to me?’
Although it can be very difficult trying to grasp or find meaning in Old Testament scriptures, there are things that the Lord wants us to grasp from them.
“Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.’’(Luke 24:45)
Using a few chapters from the Old Testament, we shall explore how we can find meaning in Old Testament scriptures and apply it in our daily lives.
Leviticus Chapter 1:3-5:
3 “If the animal you present as a burnt offering is from the herd, it must be a male with no defects. Bring it to the entrance of the Tabernacle so you may be accepted by the LORD.”
4 Lay your hand on the animal’s head, and the LORD will accept its death in your place to purify you, making you right with him.
5 Then slaughter the young bull in the LORD’s presence, and Aaron’s sons, the priests, will present the animal’s blood by splattering it against all sides of the altar that stands at the entrance to the Tabernacle.
“If you present an animal from the herd as a peace offering to the LORD, it may be a male or a female, but it must have no defects. Lay your hand on the animal’s head, and slaughter it at the entrance of the Tabernacle. Then Aaron’s sons, the priests, will splatter its blood against all sides of the altar.
3 The priest must present part of this peace offering as a special gift toCthe LORD. This includes all the fat around the internal organs,
4 the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These must be removed with the kidneys
5 and Aaron’s sons will burn them on top of the burnt offering on the wood burning on the altar. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD.
“If the high priest sins, bringing guilt upon the entire community, he must give a sin offering for the sin he has committed. He must present to the LORD a young bull with no defects.
4 He must bring the bull to the LORD at the entrance of the Tabernacle, lay his hand on the bull’s head, and slaughter it before the LORD.
5 The high priest will then take some of the bull’s blood into the Tabernacle
6 dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD in front of the inner curtain of the sanctuary.
7 The priest will then put some of the blood on the horns of the altar for fragrant incense that stands in the LORD’s presence inside the Tabernacle.
I’m sure for many of us this just feels like a long read, bring this, burn that, go here, go there…These practices are alien to us so what do we gain from knowing about them?
In order for us to understand the relevance of these scriptures in our lives today, we need to understand the purpose of these procedures. These scriptures highlight the steps that the Israelites had to take in order to be cleansed of their sins and to be made right with the Lord (Leviticus 5:31).
I can’t even begin to imagine what life would be like if we had to follow such procedures. But we are fortunate enough not to have to go through this because of one man… Jesus!
Jesus Christ was the ultimate sacrifice, he died once and for all so we no longer have to offer sacrifices like this.
11 Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp.
12 So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood.
“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.”
If Christ had not sacrificed his life for us, we would not be able to have the relationship we have with God today.
“He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel.”
Because of what Christ did for us on the cross – we can have an intimate relationship with God today.
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.’’
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.’’
We can go straight to our heavenly father and fellowship with him, no need for burnt offerings. So although the procedures may seem long and irrelevant, they help us tobunderstand the magnitude of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.
They are relevant today in building insight and knowledge into our individual journey with Christ.
Written by the beautiful Bernie xxx