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November 26, 2018

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Text: Romans 8-10
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Leviticus 8 (ESV)

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments and the anointing oil and the bull of the sin offering and the two rams and the basket of unleavened bread. And assemble all the congregation at the entrance of the tent of meeting.” And Moses did as the Lord commanded him, and the congregation was assembled at the entrance of the tent of meeting.

And Moses said to the congregation, “This is the thing that the Lord has commanded to be done.” And Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water. And he put the coat on him and tied the sash around his waist and clothed him with the robe and put the ephod on him and tied the skillfully woven band of the ephod around him, binding it to him with the band. And he placed the breastpiece on him, and in the breastpiece he put the Urim and the Thummim. And he set the turban on his head, and on the turban, in front, he set the golden plate, the holy crown, as the Lord commanded Moses.

10 Then Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and consecrated them. 11 And he sprinkled some of it on the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all its utensils and the basin and its stand, to consecrate them. 12 And he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him to consecrate him. 13 And Moses brought Aaron’s sons and clothed them with coats and tied sashes around their waists and bound caps on them, as the Lord commanded Moses.

14 Then he brought the bull of the sin offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull of the sin offering. 15 And he killed it, and Moses took the blood, and with his finger put it on the horns of the altar around it and purified the altar and poured out the blood at the base of the altar and consecrated it to make atonement for it. 16 And he took all the fat that was on the entrails and the long lobe of the liver and the two kidneys with their fat, and Moses burned them on the altar. 17 But the bull and its skin and its flesh and its dung he burned up with fire outside the camp, as the Lord commanded Moses.

18 Then he presented the ram of the burnt offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. 19 And he killed it, and Moses threw the blood against the sides of the altar. 20 He cut the ram into pieces, and Moses burned the head and the pieces and the fat. 21 He washed the entrails and the legs with water, and Moses burned the whole ram on the altar. It was a burnt offering with a pleasing aroma, a food offering for the Lord, as the Lord commanded Moses.

22 Then he presented the other ram, the ram of ordination, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. 23 And he killed it, and Moses took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. 24 Then he presented Aaron’s sons, and Moses put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet. And Moses threw the blood against the sides of the altar. 25 Then he took the fat and the fat tail and all the fat that was on the entrails and the long lobe of the liver and the two kidneys with their fat and the right thigh, 26 and out of the basket of unleavened bread that was before the Lord he took one unleavened loaf and one loaf of bread with oil and one wafer and placed them on the pieces of fat and on the right thigh. 27 And he put all these in the hands of Aaron and in the hands of his sons and waved them as a wave offering before the Lord. 28 Then Moses took them from their hands and burned them on the altar with the burnt offering. This was an ordination offering with a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the Lord. 29 And Moses took the breast and waved it for a wave offering before the Lord. It was Moses’ portion of the ram of ordination, as the Lord commanded Moses.

30 Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and of the blood that was on the altar and sprinkled it on Aaron and his garments, and also on his sons and his sons’ garments. So he consecrated Aaron and his garments, and his sons and his sons’ garments with him.

31 And Moses said to Aaron and his sons, “Boil the flesh at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and there eat it and the bread that is in the basket of ordination offerings, as I commanded, saying, ‘Aaron and his sons shall eat it.’ 32 And what remains of the flesh and the bread you shall burn up with fire. 33 And you shall not go outside the entrance of the tent of meeting for seven days, until the days of your ordination are completed, for it will take seven days to ordain you. 34 As has been done today, the Lord has commanded to be done to make atonement for you. 35 At the entrance of the tent of meeting you shall remain day and night for seven days, performing what the Lord has charged, so that you do not die, for so I have been commanded.” 36 And Aaron and his sons did all the things that the Lordcommanded by Moses.

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  1. The Horrific Cost of Sin

    I don't know about you, but it's nearly impossible for me to watch an animal being slaughtered. For me, the sound is even worse. Even the thought of it bothers me and it bothers me reading it in Leviticus 8. And yet, this was the scene of Aaron and his son's ordination service in front of the tent of meeting, with the whole congregation present.

    Because of the graphic details which are described here, there is a brutality that may have been missed if the text just said the bull and rams were sacrificed. For me, the word "sacrifice" allows me to think of these in a more general way. 

    These animals were not sedated and euthanized the way our pets might be in a veterinarian clinic. They have electric current to their hearts or brains rendering them unconscious before being killed. Nor were they shot at point-blank range killing them instantly. They were apparently beheaded with a sword.

    Leviticus 8:19 says, He cut the ram into pieces, and Moses burned the head and the pieces and the fat.

    Can you imagine standing there and witnessing this? 

    Can you imagine being Moses and sacrificing these animals?

    Can you imagine what this must have sounded like?

    Can you imagine all the blood and carnage?

    Can you imagine what it must have felt like knowing all this was taking place because of sin?

    As horrific as this is, this is how horrific our sin is to God. And as horrific as it was that these animals had to be sacrificed to atone for the sins of God's people, it was nothing compared to Jesus being sacrificed for our sins.

    Jesus' death was certainly not over quickly. He was not killed in a "humane" way. He was brutally killed in the most agonizing way someone could be – crucifixion. While on the cross He didn't even accept the wine mixed with gall which would have sedated Him or dulled His senses (Matthew 27:34).

    Even before He was crucified, He was tortured. He was beaten. They punched Him. They spit on Him. They ripped His beard out. They put a crown of thorns on His head. They brutalized Him and then made Him carry the cross that He would hang on, would bear the sins of the world on, and then die.

    Why? Because of our sin. Because of my sin.

    When we read of the slaughter of these innocent animals, let's remember our innocent Lord Jesus and what He did for us. He died so we might live. He died to reconcile us to God. He died so we can have peace with God. He died to give us life.

    Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

    Salvation may be a free gift (for us) but we should always remember the horrific price Jesus paid for us because of our sin. He paid our sin debt and made us free.

    Set Free

    I'm held captive inside this prison
    Stuck here doing time, sentenced to life
    No parole is what I heard as the gavel fell
    My existence minimized by one man's decision

    I walked into the cell I now call home
    Staring at the walls and counting every stone
    Every breath is one more than I want to take
    Then someone told me how I can be set free

    He said there was a man who was sentenced to death
    And in His innocence He died for His own
    They beat and nailed Him to a wooden cross
    For our redemption He paid the price for us

    He said Lord, show this broken man
    Show him Lord, the scars on your hands
    He said Lord, help this blind man see
    'Cause I remember when this man was me

    He gave me the book of God's Holy Word
    And I started reading about what I just heard
    How this man Jesus was the Son of God
    And He died for everything I had ever done

    The pages turned and I began to understand
    Why everything in my life keeps falling apart
    I now realize for the very first time
    I need Jesus to rescue me

    I said Lord, come into my life
    I said Lord, I put my trust in you
    I said Lord, please forgive my sins
    This is where my new life begins

    I see a light shining in my prison cell
    And hear the sound of keys turning the lock
    I turned to thank Him as I walked out the door
    He smiled at me and I saw those scars on His hands

    I said Lord, thank you for saving me
    I said Lord, thank you for setting me free
    I said Lord, you are my life
    And I will tell the world about you
    I will live my life for you
    I will tell the world about you

    © 2002 Scott Quillin

  2. I absolutely LOVE that – it made me cry. 

    Everyday when I pray, I think about Jesus and what he did for me on that cross, how he suffered for my sin. No greater love,  and I am eternally grateful. I want to rejoice in the Lord always. 

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