Welcome to Meandering Monday, where we take a trip back to an earlier post and enjoy it again.
So if the priesthood of Levi, on which the law was based, could have achieved the perfection God intended, why did God need to establish a different priesthood. Hebrews 7:11 NLT
day, I stood in the same place doing the same thing.
Some of the
people were the same, but many were new to the ceremony. They came from as
close as a mile and as far as 100 miles. Those who traveled great distances
often came with money instead of animals. The Temple court was always filled
with merchants eager to exchange their foreign currency and sell them animals—all
for exorbitant prices. These practices were helpful, but the merchants took
every opportunity to make a little money in the process.
worshiper delivered their sacrifice, I—along with the other priests—performed the
duty we so much despised. Blood flowed wildly, and the stench was almost
overbearing. The abhorrent scenery of my work eventually lost its disgusting
nature as I slit the throats of hundreds of animals each day. Prayers to God
became nothing more than a ritual of repeating the same words as I assured the
worshiper of God’s forgiveness. I had repeated the words so many times I no
longer even thought about their meaning. When would it all end? I knew the
prophecies of the scriptures by heart. God would send a Messiah. One who would
provide the ultimate sacrifice. But when?
Then the news
came. Messiah had come. The religious leaders opposed him, but the common
people hounded his steps and marveled at his miracles. Could he be the one? I
was almost ready to believe when the religious authorities had him crucified.
As I watched him hang on the cross—bloodied, bruised, and in agony—I wondered
how he could be the one. But as he breathed his last, a strange event materialized.
The curtain in the temple that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies
ripped from top to bottom. It finally dawned on me. Jesus was the better
priest. His sacrifice actually took away sins, not just covered them as the
animal sacrifices had. All that remained was for me to believe and accept this
What have you
done with Jesus?
thank You for providing the ultimate and final sacrifice for our sins.
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