3/7/2019 4:38:35 PM
Do you see Jesus in the Law?
Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
Reading the Law in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy can seem rather laborious. It doesn’t have to. I find that turning it into a scavenger hunt makes it more engaging. What do I look for on this scavenger hunt? I attempt to have an eye out for a few things, really, but the number one thing I look for is how the Law points to Christ. Here are a couple of things that caught my eye this past week.
A “fine point ” item: Leviticus 3:11 says, “The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering presented to the Lord.” (NIV) The fact that a priest must offer the worshiper’s sacrifice for him or her is a reminder that my sinfulness so separates me from God that even if I do want to worship God, I am not worthy to approach Him. I must have a priest. The best news of all is that we have not only a priest, or even a high priest, but we have a Great High Priest, Jesus. He not only offered an acceptable sacrifice for me, He offered Himself and the one-and-only, never-to-be-repeated sacrifice that completely and forever atones for all my sins and makes me “accepted in the Beloved.”
A “big picture” item: Reading all the details of all the sacrifices can be overwhelming because there is simply so much mind-numbing detail. Here is the life-giving, awe-inspiring thought that occurred to me: All those sacrifices, all those animals, all that death, and all that blood—all of it was poured out on Jesus in the short span of three hours as He hung on the cross. And died. And while dying, He prayed for those who were (humanly) responsible for His sufferings. Instead of being overwhelmed by the task of reading the Law, I was rather overwhelmed by the magnitude of my Savior’s suffering—suffering that ultimately paid my sin debt to God. What a Savior. Even in the Law!
There is much, much more, but the space in this column is now gone.