February 9

Exodus 29:1-30:10; Matthew 26:14-46; Psalm 31:19-24; Proverbs 8:14-26

Now that the Tabernacle was erected and the priests were selected, they had to be consecrated (set apart) for the Lord’s service. God chose one substance to purify the people and the appointments in the Tabernacle: Blood!

It was the blood of animals that was used to perform the consecration and ordination of the priests. Moreover, once the priests were set apart, they still had to perform daily sacrifices to atone for the sins of the people. Imagine the sheer amount of blood that was produced on a daily basis as sacrifices were made to cover the sins of the people. When the day was over, they had to repeat the same process, day after day, year after year.

Thank God for Jesus! The Bible says that, “Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins.” (Hebrews 7:27) The blood of bulls, goats and rams could only last for one day. Jesus’ blood lasts forever! Jesus is the Perfect Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! Be thankful today that your past sins, faults and failures are not only forgiven but your slate is wiped clean!!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Exodus 30:11-31:18; Matthew 26:47-68; Psalm 32:1-11; Proverbs 8:27-32

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