Saturday, September 29, 2012

THE BLOOD

Suggested Reading: Leviticus 3-4

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The High Priest applying the blood of the sacrifice to the horns of the Brazen Altar.

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Key Verse: Leviticus 4:17-18a

Then the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord, in front of the veil. And he shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar which is before the Lord, which is in the tabernacle of meeting…

The first three chapters of this book explain the intricacies of the “sweet savour” offerings. Six times we read “a sweet aroma to the Lord.” In chapter four, “sacrifices for sin” are introduced. Again we read, “the priest shall burn it on the altar for a sweet aroma to the Lord.” When words are repeated over and over, we recognize that the subject is of great importance to the Lord. Why was it “sweet”? The love that God has for His human family is the very reason He created us in the first place. Here is a most graphic picture of the suffering of Christ on the altar of the Cross. Jesus took His own blood to the altar, which is before the throne of God in Heaven, and presented it as the ultimate and final “sweet aroma to the Lord.” The sacrifice of Christ and the shedding of His blood, even though painful to God in the extreme, was the only way for God’s love to be consummated. It is hard to understand from a human perspective. The book of Hebrews deals with this in detail. Read Hebrews 7:25-27 and 9:18-28.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, the offering of Your precious blood on the altar in Heaven is truly sweet to God and to me too. Only by this means could Your love for me and my love for You be complete. Please give me the grace to never take my cleansing in Your blood for granted, but rather to cherish intensely what You’ve done for me. Amen!!! (1 John 1:7-9)

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

As I start the Leviticus blogs, I remember why, back in the late 70’s, I switched from a one year through the Bible reading program to two years. For many years before that, I could not help but notice that the majority of people were dropping out of the program somewhere in Leviticus. It was simply too much for most people. My Dad had always read three chapters on weekdays and five on Sundays. This enabled him to read it all in one year. I did the same, but when I changed to the two-year program, at least 70% of those who started with me completed reading the entire Bible. I could tell by the way people ordered the printed materials for the next quarter. Of course, now with the internet, I’m expecting that at least 90% who start with me will read consistently. Perhaps I’m too optimistic, but know that I pray fervently for all who read with me. I’ve designed this service so that a person can start at any point, going back and forth between the Hebrew Scriptures and the Greek, and complete the reading in two years. In other words, the team at Crossroads will release the entire 2 year program all over again, beginning in Matthew, on June 3rd, 2014, God willing!

Yours for the most thorough understanding of God’s Word possible for all who don’t have the opportunity to attend Bible College or a Seminary, and even for those who have attended such institutions who desire to continue in the Word daily,

David

15 thoughts on “Saturday, September 29, 2012

  1. Today I am reminded of a cherished old hymn, ‘Nothing But The Blood” What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Oh! precious is the flow, That makes me white as snow; No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. (Robert Lowry 1876).

    • Just wanted to suggest Paul Baloche’s cd title The same love who does a beautiful rendition of the old hymn.
      Thank you David for you’re precious teaching !

      God bless you,
      Carole

  2. Thank you Jesus

    Thank you David… learning a lot as we journey through this together..as we wait for the return of Jesus….
    we come into the court with Praise & Thanksgiving for who you are Lord…and a deeper understanding and walk with you…

    David …..have a wonderful day…..

  3. I have always found Leviticus so laborious- I feel tired just reading it!
    It is good to study it, tho’ and makes me so thankful for our Lord Jesus and His
    sacrifice once and for all…..so thankful for His precious blood. He has made it so
    simple for us, if we will receive. Thankyou, David, may God bless you and all your wonderful family.

  4. Greetings to one and all.
    Thank you David for being our tour guide while reading through Gods Word.
    What privilege!
    As I was reading the appropiate chapters in Leviticus, the old hymn: “Nothing but the blood of Jesus” came to my mind as well.
    Blessings to all of you.

  5. With your blog from the start, and am so grateful for your teachings and insight! Leviticus is a challenge, however I see the parallel here in Christ’s suffering and death for the atonement of sin and salvation. I pray for all following along this journey with you and for your continued strength throughout your battle with cancer.

    • Christ suffered, died and was resurrected for our redemption and atonement for sin. It was the FINAL sacrifice for all who call upon His name and repent (unlike the many sacrifices by God’s people, made to God in Leviticus) I’m not sure what needs to be moderated here?

  6. I am being truly blessed following your blog. It is good to feel like I am getting to know you more personally and also understanding many of the truths presented in the scriptures as I read through them daily. My replies are always late because I generally do my reading at night.

  7. Since I saw you two years ago in Jerusalem, you and your wife were almost finishing the tour, You were with Sid Roth at the Hotel talking in the Lobby you looked as two gigants serving the Lord and what got my attention was your peaceful soul, now that I can go trough the Bible with you, I love it, I thanks the Lord and as far as I can tell I will go all the way with you. God bless you and keep you healthy for the sake of all of us.

  8. Thank you Jesus, for dying and shedding your precious blood for me and help me not to take You for granted or consider your sacrifice a light thing. Also thank you David for your prayers. My desire and goal is to continue reading with you consistently. God bless you David and Norma Jean!

  9. I just wanted to say thank you David for your blog. This is the furthest I have ever made it in a daily devotional and I am committed for its full length! I feel closer to the Lord now than I ever have; so thank you!

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