Oh, The Blood of Yeshua!
Only You know what this day has been like, LORD. You know it was such a hard day, to keep all of those animals calm as we proceeded to the altar. It was not so much the walk to that high altar, but the knowledge that I had done wrong, and that it was these animals’ lives that had to pay for my wrong.
Even though these were voluntary gifts to You, the meal offering always gives me delight to offer it to You. And what a joy to dine with the Cohen, the priest, as my neighbors and I shared the peace offering. Only a Wonderful God like You could think up such a procedure as these offerings.
But just as that was so wonderful, LORD, how my heart burdened for my own sins, and the sin offerings that You required. My disobedience though unintentional (Lev. 4:2,13,22,27), still needed atonement. How could I have missed my own sin? Yet You see all and You forgive.
You saw my hidden sins of the past week; lying to my spouse, to my employer and my anger to my children. What is more painful is to have to bring forth my trespass offerings, and then to make restitution. That bull, that ram, and then the 20% over that to repay, oh LORD, and that was just for today! Sometimes the penalty of my sin is even too hard for me to bear. How can there ever be enough blood to cover all of the sins, not only for me but for all the children of Israel in my midst?
For the life of the flesh is in the blood and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement. Lev. 17:11
Did I bring enough animals to atone for my sins today, LORD? What about for the past week? Will these animals’ deaths bring favor in Your sight? How can this ever be enough? The closer I get to You, LORD, the more of my sin I see. All my jealousy, covetousness, anger, malice, gossip, licentiousness, lust, lying – what a wretched sinner I really am! There will never be enough animals to atone for my sins!
“But when Messiah appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle,
not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Messiah who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” — Hebrews 9:11-14