Friday – February 16, 2024

Leviticus 4-7; Hebrews 3

by Kelli Smith Simpkins

“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house”, bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.” Hebrews 3:4-6

Confession: I have been known to read the directions on the box after I’ve thrown it away. This could say something about my inability to plan ahead, or the pitiful state of my short-term memory. Either way, it tells me that I would’ve really struggled to keep up with Levitical law.

As imperfect humans, we sometimes say or do first and think (or overthink) later. Sometimes we don’t even realize what we’ve done until we look up and see the consequences of our actions staring back at us, and then we have to do damage control. Enter the sin and guilt offerings laid out in Leviticus 4-7.

God knew we would sin and had a plan for restoration. He used Moses, “a servant in all God’s house”, to deliver these guidelines and laws to his people. The sacrifices discussed so far in Leviticus were designed to repair broken relationships between God and man. They also serve as a reminder that, because of our sinful nature, we will always fall short of the glory of God. But God did not expect us to live in a state of constant atonement forever. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross took the place of animal sacrifices and made the way for us to build a relationship with God.

This ultimate sacrifice certainly removed some barriers for us, but it didn’t remove the need to recognize our sin, confess, and repent of it. True repentance is essential to building our firm foundation in Christ, “the Son over God’s house”. Only then can we realize the magnitude of Christ’s sacrifice, the depth of God’s love for us, and the joy that comes with dwelling in the house of the Lord.