When we play Phase 10, one of our favorite things is laying down our phase and saying “and I did it the hard way.” That means no wilds.
I think about several things in life that are the hard way- biscuits from scratch or jelly from your own fruit, researching something without using google, grinding corn meal or flour. Many of these are typically older ways. Throughout the years, there was something created that allowed for us to do it in a simpler way.
As I was reading Leviticus 3-7, I thought, man, how did they remember all of this stuff? That was a lot of work to do if you sinned. Even if you did it unknowingly, you still had to be told of your sin and bring an offering. And it wasn’t like you could just show up with any ol’ goat and do a quick hand off to a priest – “see ya buddy, thanks!” Oh no. It was far deeper than that.
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them: If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering. And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock’s head, and kill the bullock before the LORD. And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock’s blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation: And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before the LORD, before the vail of the sanctuary. And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the LORD, which is in the tabernacle of the congregation; and shall pour all the blood of the bullock at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he shall take off from it all the fat of the bullock for the sin offering; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away, As it was taken off from the bullock of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall burn them upon the altar of the burnt offering. And the skin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards, and his dung, Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt.” (Leviticus 4:1-12)
That’s just one! There are tons more! I can’t imagine having enough goats, lambs, pigeons, or flour to even give what was needed for my sins.
And that was exactly the point of the cross.
Man could not pay the ultimate sacrifice. Only God could. The old way was to offer animal sacrifices. Their blood was shed for one man’s sin. But the new way was that one man’s blood would be poured out to cover all of man’s sin.
Jesus Christ came to fulfill what we couldn’t. He provided it all that day on the cross so that we could be free. Free of sin, shame, death and eternal separation from God. Free of the old to behold the new.
Have you trusted in Christ? He is the only way to restore that relationship with God. Nothing else will work. No amount of good you do could ever outweigh your bad. And there is nothing so bad that He can’t forgive! Surrender to Him today. Trust in Christ that He will save you!