If you want to make peace with someone, or ask forgiveness for something you did wrong, you won’t set about sacrificing animals and pouring their blood on the altar as God’s people were instructed to do. The Hebrew people thousands of years ago herded cattle. These were very precious gifts they received. They wanted to find ways to thank God for all God’s gifts, and to ask for peace and forgiveness. They were used to offering these animals as a way of giving back to God what God had first given to them.
We do something different today. We might send a special card to someone to ask forgiveness, or we might just take the person’s hand, look him or her in the eye, and softly say, “I’m sorry for what I did.”
We can do simple things like this because there was another sacrifice that was made: Jesus’ blood was shed on the cross. He said, “I’m sorry” on behalf of all of us. Now the very life of God flows back into our lives, as though we have received a transfusion of blood to make up for the life-blood we may have lost when we did wrong. Thank God for the power of Jesus’ sacrifice for us!
Leviticus 3:1-6; 4:1-7
Suggested Bible Breath: My life-blood offered to God 4:6ff
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