Lent Devotional: Leviticus 16:15-22
by Jonathan Haefs
Leviticus 16:15-22 (click here)
Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it over the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. (Leviticus 16:15)
It is the inevitable result of sin. But why?
Scripture teaches us that God is the creator and sustainer of all life, and that sin is a rejection of him. If you reject the one who sustains life…there is no where to go but to death.
Further, God is holy, righteous and just. This means that he will deal with evil and ultimately eliminate it from his creation. We all long for this. We long for God to redeem and recreate all things free from the stain of evil…but if we have any evil within us at all, that would mean he must remake the world free from the stain of us!
Our evil must be eliminated and such elimination is death.
The wages of sin is death…in more than one way.
Yet, God in his great has love provided a substitute. One who was not guilty of sin could stand in the place of the guilty. The guilt could be transferred…death could fall on another so that the guilty could go free.
This was pictured and prophesied through the Old Testament sacrificial system such as the Day of Atonement described in Leviticus 16. However, the blood of bulls and goats could never really take away sin (Hebrews 10:4). An animal cannot be a substitute for a person.
We need a human who is without sin if there is really going to be a substitute to stand in our place. Yet, no human is without sin…only God is without sin.
We need God to save us and a human to represent us.
We need a God-man. We need Jesus.
God himself took on flesh. Fully human and able to represent us, yet fully God and able to save us.
All the Old Testament sacrifices pointed toward the cross…the ultimate altar.
All the Old Testament sacrifices point towards Good Friday…the ultimate day of Atonement.
All the Old Testament sacrifices pointed toward Jesus…the ultimate lamb of God.
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.