|Today I am uploading Sunday's Message.|
This year I really felt the desire to listen to the Old Testament on cassette tape. While in the car driving back and forth taking Charity to work, and going to the office at the church, I listen to the Old Testament.
Today February 15th I am in the 13 chapter of Deuteronomy. There are a lot of commands by God to the people of Israel.
Levitus 4 is a good example of this sacrifice.
1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them:
3If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering.
4And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock's head, and kill the bullock before the LORD.
5And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock's blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation:
6And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before the LORD, before the vail of the sanctuary.
7And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the LORD, which is in the tabernacle of the congregation; and shall pour all the blood of the bullock at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
8And he shall take off from it all the fat of the bullock for the sin offering; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,
9And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away,
10As it was taken off from the bullock of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall burn them upon the altar of the burnt offering.
11And the skin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards, and his dung,
12Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt.
Try to imagine the scene. Day after day. Week after week. Sinner after sinner. Progresses before the altar to offer bulls, goats, lambs, pigeons to God as an atonement for sin. The prescription for slaughter is precise. Instruction for removal of organs and fat detailed. With your hands. All day long. Breaking open animal bodies. Removing organs. Separating fat. Awash in blood. Sprinkling blood on the altar. Rubbing it on the horns of the altar. Watching it drain into the basin of the altar. All the while, the constant smell of burning flesh, charred to ashes.