Sunday, September 24, 2023

September 24, 2023

The study of Leviticus is showing me some comparisons between our salvation in Jesus and what God required of the Israelites' rituals of sacrificial offerings. 

The Tabernacle was prepared, set, and ready, like when seeds are planted, and the Holy Spirit begins touching our hearts. The Tabernacle was cleaned and made holy, and then Aaron and the priest were consecrated. After that, Aaron made an offering for their sins and then an offering for the people's sins. While the people were watching, God appeared as a fire consuming their offering. 

And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces. Leviticus 9:24

Belief in Jesus leads to salvation, baptism, consecration, and becoming clean, like the priests. Then Jesus became our sacrifice for sins; then it was animals, but now we have the more worthy offering. And upon accepting Jesus as our offering for sin, God appears in the person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the fire of God; do not put the fire out! That would be like removing God from your life. Do you see the comparison?

Side note: Did the people scream out of shock and then fall on their faces in fear? I would have! It's like when you have those God moments when he shows you how close he is, you're overwhelmed, and fear strikes you, knowing he is paying attention to you.

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