Yesterday we read about how we all do bad things and deserve to be punished by a holy and pure God. Today we are going to look at how He made a way for people to escape!
In the Old Testament God chose a group of people, called the Jews, to follow Him. God told them that if they did bad things (sin) they deserved to be punished with death but instead of killing the person that had done wrong God gave them something else to do…
The LORD called to Moses from the Tabernacle and said to him. Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you present an animal as an offering to the LORD, you may take it from your herd of cattle or your flock of sheep and goats. If the animal you present as a burnt offering is from the herd, it must be a male with no defects. Bring it to the entrance of the Tabernacle so you may be accepted by the LORD. Lay your hand on the animal’s head, and the LORD will accept its death in your place to purify you, making you right with him. (Leviticus 1.1-4)
– What did the animal have to be like?
According to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9.22)
– What had to happen before people could be forgiven?
A healthy and pure animal dying so people could be forgiven was a picture of what was to come! Jesus is God and is therefore perfect and free from evil and sin – He came down to this earth to be the last sacrifice, the not guilty dying to free the guilty. In the Bible there is a book written by a man called Isaiah, he lived 100s of years before Jesus but he predicted what would happen to Jesus…
He was despised and rejected, a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away. No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream. But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave. (Isaiah 53.3-9)
- Ask God to help you to understand that He is real and alive and interested in you
- Ask God to help you to see how these stories show us we need Jesus
- Thank God that He doesn’t just punish people for being bad but He brings hope