Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Leviticus 1-4.
“He must burn all its fat on the altar, like the fat of the fellowship sacrifice. In this way the priest will make atonement on his behalf for that person’s sin, and he will be forgiven.” Leviticus 4:26, CSB
When you read the instructions God gives for how to perform sacrifices it’s important to know that these instructions were part of God’s guidelines for how to live in a covenant with Him. The emphasis is on a relationship with God. Remember, God is perfect and completely holy. Because God is holy, our sin separates us from Him. For Israel to be in a covenant relationship with Him they had to be cleansed of their sins. It doesn’t take long to find out that these sacrifices, the people bringing the sacrifices, and the priests were not perfect.
Leviticus chapter four tells us over and over about the different sacrifices that must be given to God when someone like a leader or a whole community of people sin against Him. Not only does our sin separate us from God but we won’t be fully rid of sin until His children are in Heaven with Him. Hebrews 10:14-24 tell us that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice to a world of imperfect people. No more sacrifices, like the one’s described in Leviticus, are needed because Jesus came and was the perfect sacrifice for our sin. Those who follow Jesus are to present their bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable. This is spiritual worship (Romans 12:1-2) is one of total dedication to God. We give ourselves completely to God because of the grace He showed us in the perfect sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.