God’s Story For Your Life


God’s Story For Your Life

Leviticus 1:1-17

With the Tabernacle finished and God living there, the
people begin to make
sacrifices for their sins. The first part of Leviticus
is an instruction
manual for how to make each kind of sacrifice.

Give
Up Your Sacrifices
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Read
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“Give the
following instructions to the people of Israel. When you present an
animal as an offering to the LORD, you may take it from your herd of cattle or
your
flock of sheep and goats.” / (Leviticus 1:2)

Reflect
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When
God taught his people to worship him, he placed great emphasis on
sacrifices.
Why? Since Creation, God has made it clear that sin separates
people from him
and that those who sin deserve to die. Because “everyone has
sinned” (Romans
3:23), God designed sacrifices to reconcile and restore their
relationships
with him.

Animal sacrifice accomplished this in two ways. First, the
animal symbolically
took the sinner’s place and paid the penalty for sin.
Second, the animal’s
death represented one life given so another life could
be saved. Animal
sacrifices continued throughout Old Testament
times.

But animal sacrifices served another purpose too. They pointed to
Christ,
whose sacrifice would do completely what the animal sacrifices could
only do
in part. They held Christ’s place until Christ could come and fill
it.

God had decided from the very first that he would come into our world
and die
to pay the penalty for all humans. He took our punishment once and
for all.
Animal sacrifices are no longer required. For any person who desires
to be
reconciled to God, the sacrifice has already been made. When we place
our sins
upon Christ, our lives are saved because Christ gave
his.

Respond
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Are you still trying to earn God’s favor or
win his approval? Jesus did away
with that kind of striving just as he did
with the animal sacrifices. You
don’t have to strive to please God; he
already loves you. Instead, live in
freedom, and learn to love God. As you
do, you’ll discover that God gives you
the desire and power to obey him
(Philippians 2:13).

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