Week 28: Sacrifice
Today’s Text: Leviticus 13-15
Key Text: Leviticus 14:21
“But if he is poor, and his means are insufficient, then he is to take one male lamb for a guilt offering…”
The words come from a long list of ritual requirements – they are how the priest and the people are to atone for their sins. They are about obedience, holiness, and sacrifice.
They also ominously point to the one great sacrifice that put an end to the need for all other ritual sacrifices – the sacrifice made by Christ.
Hundreds of years before he was born – a holy ritual was created – one which he would fulfill to the fullest – according to God’s timing.
As I think of this, I think of the poignancy of it. I also think of the beauty and innocence of that one male lamb – a guilt offering – for all. I think of Mary, Joseph, Jesus.
Who could have imagined how it would all point to a cross on Calvary?
Sacrifice, made in obedience, holiness, is both an ugly and beautiful thing.
We are all called to it, at some level.
We can never fully appreciate the depth of it, at another.
Behold, the Lamb of God.
Thanks be to God.