October 29 – Exodus 29:10-28
October 29 – Exodus 29:10-28
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10 “Then you shall bring the bull before the tent of meeting. Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the bull. 11 Then you shall kill the bull before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting, 12 and shall take part of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and the rest of the blood you shall pour out at the base of the altar. 13 And you shall take all the fat that covers the entrails, and the long lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them, and burn them on the altar. 14 But the flesh of the bull and its skin and its dung you shall burn with fire outside the camp; it is a sin offering.
15 “Then you shall take one of the rams, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the ram, 16 and you shall kill the ram and shall take its blood and throw it against the sides of the altar. 17 Then you shall cut the ram into pieces, and wash its entrails and its legs, and put them with its pieces and its head, 18 and burn the whole ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the Lord. It is a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the Lord.
19 “You shall take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the ram, 20 and you shall kill the ram and take part of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron and on the tips of the right ears of his sons, and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the great toes of their right feet, and throw the rest of the blood against the sides of the altar. 21 Then you shall take part of the blood that is on the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and his garments, and on his sons and his sons' garments with him. He and his garments shall be holy, and his sons and his sons' garments with him.
22 “You shall also take the fat from the ram and the fat tail and the fat that covers the entrails, and the long lobe of the liver and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them, and the right thigh (for it is a ram of ordination), 23 and one loaf of bread and one cake of bread made with oil, and one wafer out of the basket of unleavened bread that is before the Lord. 24 You shall put all these on the palms of Aaron and on the palms of his sons, and wave them for a wave offering before the Lord. 25 Then you shall take them from their hands and burn them on the altar on top of the burnt offering, as a pleasing aroma before the Lord. It is a food offering to the Lord.
26 “You shall take the breast of the ram of Aaron's ordination and wave it for a wave offering before the Lord, and it shall be your portion. 27 And you shall consecrate the breast of the wave offering that is waved and the thigh of the priests' portion that is contributed from the ram of ordination, from what was Aaron's and his sons'. 28 It shall be for Aaron and his sons as a perpetual due from the people of Israel, for it is a contribution. It shall be a contribution from the people of Israel from their peace offerings, their contribution to the Lord.
I have to admit the sacrificing of animals if very difficult for me to read. But I don’t believe it is supposed to be easy to read and definitely not easy to do. There had to be a blood sacrifice for forgiveness of sins. If a blood sacrifice wasn’t required, Jesus would not have needed to die for our sins. As difficult as it is to think about innocent animals being sacrificed, think about God’s Son who was completely innocent and was sent down to be a baby and grow up and minister to people on earth so they could know for sure that He was the Son of God, the Messiah, the Holy One, the One God promised. Then this innocent man, took on my sins and your sins as His own, because He had no sin of His own, and took a death that was horrific, after being whipped and beaten to the point He could barely stand on His own, because blood sacrifice was required to wash away our sins.
That is the hardest thing of all to read about or visualize. Yet, it happened because we can’t be obedient.
How does it make you feel to know Jesus died an innocent man because He loved you more than His own comfort or His own life?
Heavenly Father, I can barely stand to think about blood sacrifice of any kind. I know there have been movies that attempted to tell the story of Jesus so we could truly see what Jesus went through, but nothing has come close to what He actually went through. I know that anyone who went through that torture and beating couldn’t have lived. I can’t imagine how hard it was for You to watch them beat Him…an innocent man, You, in the flesh. I am so sorry that it was necessary, but even more sorry for my part. Please forgive me and help me feel the love that allowed Him to go through that beating and death. Thank You for loving me enough to send Jesus to die in my place. His blood is truly the only blood that matters, and I am so thankful for His sacrifice.
In Jesus’ name.