May 24 Devotional

NUMBERS 28 AND 29    “THE OFFERINGS REQUIRED”

As you read thru these 2 chapters we see God lays out for Moses the requirements of each offering that the Israelites were required to make through the year with the various “feast times” that were celebrated by the people of God.  God was very specific on the time of each offering as well as what was required.  Can you image trying to work that into your schedule today?  But turn over a few years in your bible and we come to the book of Hebrews, specifically chapters 9 and 10.  In Hebrews we read that the blood of bulls and goats was never sufficient to remove sin, only a temporary forgiveness.  Here we learn about a better sacrifice that has been given for us—-a single, final sacrifice that Jesus Christ himself made for each one of us.  Read the selected verses below from Hebrews.  Then take a moment to thank God for his INDESCRIBEABLE GIFT to us.

From HEBREWS 9
11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as jthe high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, lhe has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
From HEBREWS 10
10 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? 3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

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