Leviticus 6 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“The L_rd spoke to Moses, ‘Tell Aaron and his sons: This is the law of the sin offering. The sin offering is most holy and must be slaughtered before the L_rd at the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered. The priest who offers it as a sin offering is to eat it. It must be eaten in a holy place, in the courtyard of the tent of meeting.” Leviticus 6:24-26
“Substitutionary atonement” is when G_d allows for His wrath to be displayed on some equitable third party…as our substitute.
While G_d is Loving, Patient, and Longsuffering, He is also Just. He will by no means clear the guilty.
“Now go lead these people to the place I told you about; see, my angel will go before you. But on the day I settle accounts, I will hold them accountable for their sin.” Exodus 32:33-34
But G_d loved His children and He remembered they are only human. The L_rd allowed sin to be atoned for, for a season, by the slaughtering of specific animals. The whole process was intended to communicate the gravity of sin…and solicit the response of repentance.
After slaughtering the animal, its flesh underwent the flames of the altar. This signified the judgment of G_d. Intriguing, is how the flesh that once personified sin became useful, even to the point of consuming it as food. It showed how G_d’s intent has always been to redeem the flesh as something valuable.
The blood of animals was unable to provide long-term atonement because it could never be equitable. After all, animals have no imputable righteousness.
Today, our atoning substitute is Yeshua. He made permanent atonement for the World by the shedding of His blood; the virtue of His sacrifice made known by the power of His resurrection. For all who would accept it, salvation is available, exclusively through Him.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of G_d. They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Messiah Yeshua. G_d presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint G_d passed over the sins previously committed. He presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Messiah Yeshua.” Romans 3:23-26
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Wednesday, April 16, 2014