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December 5, 2018

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Text: 2 Corinthians 5-9
Audio: 2 Corinthians 5-9

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Leviticus 17 (ESV)

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the people of Israel and say to them, This is the thing that the Lord has commanded. If any one of the house of Israel kills an ox or a lamb or a goat in the camp, or kills it outside the camp,and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it as a gift to the Lord in front of the tabernacle of the Lord, bloodguilt shall be imputed to that man. He has shed blood, and that man shall be cut off from among his people. This is to the end that the people of Israel may bring their sacrifices that they sacrifice in the open field, that they may bring them to the Lord, to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and sacrifice them as sacrifices of peace offerings to the Lord. And the priest shall throw the blood on the altar of the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting and burn the fat for a pleasing aroma to the Lord. So they shall no more sacrifice their sacrifices to goat demons, after whom they whore. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations.

“And you shall say to them, Any one of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it to the Lord, that man shall be cut off from his people.

10 “If any one of the house of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn among them eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people. 11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.12 Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, No person among you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger who sojourns among you eat blood.

13 “Any one also of the people of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who takes in hunting any beast or bird that may be eaten shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth. 14 For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life. Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off. 15 And every person who eats what dies of itself or what is torn by beasts, whether he is a native or a sojourner, shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening; then he shall be clean. 16 But if he does not wash them or bathe his flesh, he shall bear his iniquity.”

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  1. For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life. Leviticus 17:11

    Life

    It has been estimated that at least 108 million people were killed in wars in the twentieth century. From 1970 – 2014, there was more than 45 million abortions in the United States alone. According to Guttmacher Institute, during 2010–2014, "an estimated 56 million induced abortions occurred each year worldwide. This number represents an increase from 50 million annually during 1990–1994, mainly because of population growth."

    When we add all the violent crimes that have been committed in our country the last 50 years alone, how we treat each other in our relationships and the lack of compassion and empathy for others, it should be clear that life is not valued and treasured. 

    In writing about all the animal sacrifices, Charles Spurgeon writes, "God meant them to take to heart the anguish of the victim and learn what a destructive and killing thing sin was…It was the great lesson which he meant to be taught to the Jewish people, that sin was a loathsome and a detestable thing and that it could only be put away by the sacrifice of a great life, such a life as had not then been lived—the life of the coming One, the life of the eternal Son of God who must become man that he might offer his own immaculate life on the altar of God to expiate the guilt and put away the filth and the loathsomeness of human transgression."

    Spurgeon. (2017). The Spurgeon Study Bible: Notes (p. 153). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

    As Christians, we should value life. Not just the life of the unborn but life around us. All life. When we think of the slaughter of all these animals in the Old Testament, and the death of our Lord Jesus, our sin should break our hearts.

    If our hearts do not break over our sin and the sin around us, what does that say about the state of our hearts?

    If we think nothing of sinning against God or those around us, what does that say about the state of our souls?
     

  2. Every morning, I have a time of prayer and then I read the Daily Reading. 

    I have noticed how my prayers have changed from what they used to be, and almost every day, I cry while praying. My time with God is much more intimate now.

    I am heartbroken over sin and the sin in this world. Other people's suffering breaks my heart as well. I thank God every day that I am saved by what Jesus has done for me, a debt I could never pay. 

    I'm well aware that I don't deserve the blessings or the forgiveness I receive, and that makes me cry, too. 

    But Jesus is my greatest joy. 

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