Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What Does God Require?

An offering.

“If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish . . . and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.” (Leviticus 1:3-4)

“If his gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from the sheep or goats, he shall bring a male without blemish” (Leviticus 1:10)

"then he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull from the herd without blemish to the LORD for a sin offering. (Lev 4:3)

“If anyone commits a breach of faith and sins unintentionally in any of the holy things of the LORD, he shall bring to the LORD as his compensation, a ram without blemish out of the flock . . .” (Lev 5:15)

An offering made . . . without blemish. The wages of sin is death. The price that will redeem . . . innocent blood.

Without blemish.

The only offering, the only sacrifice that will rid us of guilt and free us from sin, is one without blemish. I am with blemish. You are with blemish. We all are with blemish.

"None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." (Romans 3:11-12)

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

So then . . . how can we ever be saved? How can we be reconciled? Forgiven? Free?

A male seed . . . without blemish.

“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.” (1 Peter 2:21-22)

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)

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