Through the Bible Week 6, Leviticus 14 – Numbers 2


It is in this section of scripture that we find the giving of the Day of Atonement. On this day, there were several sacrifices made to the Lord.

  1. A bull as a sin offering for the High Priest to atone for the Tabernacle, the Altar, and the Holy Place within the Tabernacle
  2. A ram as a burnt offering for atonement for the high Priest
  3. Two kid goats
    1. One goat as a sin offering for the people
    2. One goat as a scapegoat to carry away the people’s sin into the wilderness
  4. A ram as a burnt offering for atonement for the People

The High Priest would sacrifice the bull and sprinkle the blood on the elements of the temple to make atonement for sin. He would then take the two kid goats and cast lots for one of them. One would be taken and sacrificed to the Lord for the people and the other would symbolize carrying away of the people’s sin. The High Priest would lay his hands on this one and pray and send it off into the wilderness. Finally, the rams would be sacrificed to make atonement for the High Priest and the people.

This was a lot of sacrifices just to “cover” the people’s sin. It didn’t remove their sin and it only lasted for a year and they had to repeat this. Every year for thousands of years, this sacrifice would be made. But one day, in the fullness of time, another sacrifice would come. This sacrifice was a better sacrifice, a perfect sacrifice. Isaiah had the pleasure of foreseeing this great sacrifice.

Isaiah 53 (NKJV) — 1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah saw this great sacrifice and I am sure that he was shocked to see it. He probably didn’t understand it, but rejoiced in the salvation that it offered. Of course, Isaiah was seeing the Lord Jesus Christ offered up on the cross for our sin. Why did God do it? Romans 3:25 tells us.

Romans 3:25 (NKJV) — 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed

Since the blood of bulls, sheep, and goats couldn’t remove our sin, we needed a perfect sinless sacrifice. God passed over the sin of the world and looked forward to the perfect sacrifice. Jesus, the third person of the God-head, came to this earth and made Himself a sacrifice so that we could be set free. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice, one death for all people, past and future. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice better than any other that could be offered.

How are you covered by this sacrifice? By believing.

John 3:16 (NKJV) — 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:36 (NKJV) — 36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

You must believe! That is the narrow way: belief in Jesus as the Lord and Savior. It is not by works, but by the free gift that we call grace.

This Week’s Reading Plan:

  1. Day 1 – Numbers 3-4
  2. Day 2 – Numbers 5-6
  3. Day 3 – Numbers 7
  4. Day 4 – Numbers 8-10
  5. Day 5 – Numbers 11-13
  6. Day 6 – Numbers 14-15
  7. Day 7 – Numbers 16-17

In His Service, Scott

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