There was once a need for burnt offerings. This was because there was no permanent sacrifice for sin yet. People tried to get the most spotless animals they could find in order to sacrifice them at the altar before God, but each time they did this for the forgiveness of sins, another animal had to be killed because of the sins that they would later commit and even for the sins of different family members. The offerings were never enough and so they looked to a Savior who would end this with His blood. Speaking of the old ways, it is written, “and the Lord spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee the charge of mine heave offerings of all the hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto thee have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy sons, by an ordinance for ever. This shall be thine of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every oblation of their’s, every meat offering of their’s, and every sin offering of their’s, and every trespass offering of their’s which they shall render unto me, shall be most holy for thee and for thy sons. In the most holy place shalt thou eat it; every male shall eat it: it shall be holy unto thee.” (Numbers 18:8-10) These offerings were very important for its generation since the Messiah had not come yet.
The good news is that Jesus did come to save His people from their sins. This atonement made for us in His blood on the cross was for the Jews and later the gentiles. In His resurrection, the gospel message of the cross and resurrection was opened up to the gentiles (all the world). This old covenant law of sacrificial offerings is over with the coming of Jesus. It is written, “for the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.” (Hebrews 10:1-3) “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:9,10) Praise God. Accept this offering for Your sins today. The gates are open for you and all the world to be saved. Who will go the extra mile to come to Jesus? He is only a prayer away. God wants to help you. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will take their faith seriously. Too many people live out their own life and are simply willing to tell others about You in conversation when needed. For these kinds of people that are not all in, but are mostly walking in the ways of the world, I ask that You wake their souls from the destruction to come. I don’t wish to know of anyone I love to wake up in hell one day. This would be terrifying, especially if they said they were a Christian or saved. God, I am so glad that You helped me come out of a life of sin in order to follow You completely. For many years I was on the edge of following You, but my sins and unbelief kept me far from You. I had what I thought was true and that was good enough. I only sinned occasionally in the same way and justified it each time. Truly, God, I got good at justifying my sins, but it was all a part of Satan’s plan to take me further and further from You. Thankfully, You put the fear of God in me. I was able to see my false beliefs and sins for what they really were, transgressions and wickedness in Your sight. In my tears did I cry myself to sleep many nights. It was then that my heart turned to You in all my confessions. You healed my heart through Your blood. I love You, Jesus. I owe You everything. Amen.