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Today's Reading
February 13

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Pastor’s Note

Don’t forget that all of these practical health concerns in Leviticus were addressed not just out of a concern for wellbeing, but more importantly in this context, to show us something of their parallel to our need of a remedy for sin. After all, disease and death have their origins in man’s rebellion against God. But as we draw near to him in worship, these “defects” are ultimately promised to be “atoned for” by the crucifixion of the Messiah (Mt.27).

— Pastor Mike

Leviticus 15-17

Laws About Bodily Discharges

15:1 The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When any man has a discharge from his body, [1] his discharge is unclean. And this is the law of his uncleanness for a discharge: whether his body runs with his discharge, or his body is blocked up by his discharge, it is his uncleanness. Every bed on which the one with the discharge lies shall be unclean, and everything on which he sits shall be unclean. And anyone who touches his bed shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. And whoever sits on anything on which the one with the discharge has sat shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. And whoever touches the body of the one with the discharge shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. And if the one with the discharge spits on someone who is clean, then he shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. And any saddle on which the one with the discharge rides shall be unclean. 10 And whoever touches anything that was under him shall be unclean until the evening. And whoever carries such things shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. 11 Anyone whom the one with the discharge touches without having rinsed his hands in water shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. 12 And an earthenware vessel that the one with the discharge touches shall be broken, and every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water.

13 “And when the one with a discharge is cleansed of his discharge, then he shall count for himself seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes. And he shall bathe his body in fresh water and shall be clean. 14 And on the eighth day he shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons and come before the Lord to the entrance of the tent of meeting and give them to the priest. 15 And the priest shall use them, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. And the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord for his discharge.

16 “If a man has an emission of semen, he shall bathe his whole body in water and be unclean until the evening. 17 And every garment and every skin on which the semen comes shall be washed with water and be unclean until the evening. 18 If a man lies with a woman and has an emission of semen, both of them shall bathe themselves in water and be unclean until the evening.

19 “When a woman has a discharge, and the discharge in her body is blood, she shall be in her menstrual impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening. 20 And everything on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean. Everything also on which she sits shall be unclean. 21 And whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. 22 And whoever touches anything on which she sits shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. 23 Whether it is the bed or anything on which she sits, when he touches it he shall be unclean until the evening. 24 And if any man lies with her and her menstrual impurity comes upon him, he shall be unclean seven days, and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean.

25 “If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, not at the time of her menstrual impurity, or if she has a discharge beyond the time of her impurity, all the days of the discharge she shall continue in uncleanness. As in the days of her impurity, she shall be unclean. 26 Every bed on which she lies, all the days of her discharge, shall be to her as the bed of her impurity. And everything on which she sits shall be unclean, as in the uncleanness of her menstrual impurity. 27 And whoever touches these things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening. 28 But if she is cleansed of her discharge, she shall count for herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean. 29 And on the eighth day she shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons and bring them to the priest, to the entrance of the tent of meeting. 30 And the priest shall use one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. And the priest shall make atonement for her before the Lord for her unclean discharge.

31 “Thus you shall keep the people of Israel separate from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness by defiling my tabernacle that is in their midst.”

32 This is the law for him who has a discharge and for him who has an emission of semen, becoming unclean thereby; 33 also for her who is unwell with her menstrual impurity, that is, for anyone, male or female, who has a discharge, and for the man who lies with a woman who is unclean.

The Day of Atonement

16:1 The Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they drew near before the Lord and died, and the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat that is on the ark, so that he may not die. For I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat. But in this way Aaron shall come into the Holy Place: with a bull from the herd for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. He shall put on the holy linen coat and shall have the linen undergarment on his body, and he shall tie the linen sash around his waist, and wear the linen turban; these are the holy garments. He shall bathe his body in water and then put them on. And he shall take from the congregation of the people of Israel two male goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.

“Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering for himself and shall make atonement for himself and for his house. Then he shall take the two goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. [2] And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord and use it as a sin offering, 10 but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel.

11 “Aaron shall present the bull as a sin offering for himself, and shall make atonement for himself and for his house. He shall kill the bull as a sin offering for himself. 12 And he shall take a censer full of coals of fire from the altar before the Lord, and two handfuls of sweet incense beaten small, and he shall bring it inside the veil 13 and put the incense on the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is over the testimony, so that he does not die. 14 And he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat on the east side, and in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.

15 “Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it over the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. 16 Thus he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel and because of their transgressions, all their sins. And so he shall do for the tent of meeting, which dwells with them in the midst of their uncleannesses. 17 No one may be in the tent of meeting from the time he enters to make atonement in the Holy Place until he comes out and has made atonement for himself and for his house and for all the assembly of Israel. 18 Then he shall go out to the altar that is before the Lord and make atonement for it, and shall take some of the blood of the bull and some of the blood of the goat, and put it on the horns of the altar all around. 19 And he shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it and consecrate it from the uncleannesses of the people of Israel.

20 “And when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy Place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat. 21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins. And he shall put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness. 22 The goat shall bear all their iniquities on itself to a remote area, and he shall let the goat go free in the wilderness.

23 “Then Aaron shall come into the tent of meeting and shall take off the linen garments that he put on when he went into the Holy Place and shall leave them there. 24 And he shall bathe his body in water in a holy place and put on his garments and come out and offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people and make atonement for himself and for the people. 25 And the fat of the sin offering he shall burn on the altar. 26 And he who lets the goat go to Azazel shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward he may come into the camp. 27 And the bull for the sin offering and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the Holy Place, shall be carried outside the camp. Their skin and their flesh and their dung shall be burned up with fire. 28 And he who burns them shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward he may come into the camp.

29 “And it shall be a statute to you forever that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict yourselves [3] and shall do no work, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you. 30 For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins. 31 It is a Sabbath of solemn rest to you, and you shall afflict yourselves; it is a statute forever. 32 And the priest who is anointed and consecrated as priest in his father’s place shall make atonement, wearing the holy linen garments. 33 He shall make atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make atonement for the tent of meeting and for the altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly. 34 And this shall be a statute forever for you, that atonement may be made for the people of Israel once in the year because of all their sins.” And Moses did as the Lord commanded him.

The Place of Sacrifice

17:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the people of Israel and say to them, This is the thing that the Lord has commanded. If any one of the house of Israel kills an ox or a lamb or a goat in the camp, or kills it outside the camp, and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it as a gift to the Lord in front of the tabernacle of the Lord, bloodguilt shall be imputed to that man. He has shed blood, and that man shall be cut off from among his people. This is to the end that the people of Israel may bring their sacrifices that they sacrifice in the open field, that they may bring them to the Lord, to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and sacrifice them as sacrifices of peace offerings to the LordAnd the priest shall throw the blood on the altar of the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting and burn the fat for a pleasing aroma to the LordSo they shall no more sacrifice their sacrifices to goat demons, after whom they whore. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations.

“And you shall say to them, Any one of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it to the Lord, that man shall be cut off from his people.

Laws Against Eating Blood

10 “If any one of the house of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn among them eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people. 11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life. 12 Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, No person among you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger who sojourns among you eat blood.

13 “Any one also of the people of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who takes in hunting any beast or bird that may be eaten shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth. 14 For the life of every creature [4] is its blood: its blood is its life. [5]Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off. 15 And every person who eats what dies of itself or what is torn by beasts, whether he is a native or a sojourner, shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening; then he shall be clean. 16 But if he does not wash them or bathe his flesh, he shall bear his iniquity.”

Matthew 27:1-31

Jesus Delivered to Pilate

27:1 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.

Judas Hangs Himself

Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus [6] was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, 10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”

Jesus Before Pilate

11 Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” 12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

The Crowd Chooses Barabbas

15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. 19 Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; [7] see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged [8]Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.

Jesus Is Mocked

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, [9] and they gathered the whole battalion [10] before him. 28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.

Footnotes

[1] 15:2 Hebrew flesh; also verse 3
[2] 16:8 The meaning of Azazel is uncertain; possibly the name of a place or a demon, traditionally a scapegoat; also verses 10, 26
[3] 16:29 Or shall fast; also verse 31
[4] 17:14 Hebrew all flesh
[5] 17:14 Hebrew it is in its life
[6] 27:3 Greek he
[7] 27:24 Some manuscripts this righteous blood, or this righteous man’s blood
[8] 27:26 A Roman judicial penalty, consisting of a severe beating with a multi-lashed whip containing imbedded pieces of bone and metal
[9] 27:27 Greek the praetorium
[10] 27:27 Greek cohort; a tenth of a Roman legion, usually about 600 men

  • Angela Ivette Radcliffe

    Matthew 27:24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; [7] see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged [8]Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.

    • CheriClark

      “That there is no way of messing with God’s plan, but it is always a part of it all in the end.” – Yes!

  • CheriClark

    OT
    Lev 16:21-22 21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins. And he shall put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness. 22 The goat shall bear all their iniquities on itself to a remote area, and he shall let the goat go free in the wilderness.

    Then: God has been giving the instructions for the Day of Atonement. He starts with instructions for the priests. Here He is giving the instructions for the people as a group. There are two goats. One is sacrificed. Aaron is to put his hands on the second live goat and confess the sins of the people. The sins are thus transferred to the live goat. Then the goat is sent into the wilderness so that they sins of the people are carried into the wilderness.

    Always: Jesus pays the penalty for my sins so that they exist no more.

    Now: What a beautiful picture of atoning sacrifice this is for me. Jesus provided a way for my sins to be atoned for on the cross. He paid the penalty for them so that when God looks at me He sees the righteousness of Jesus. How marvelous that is. My sins are carried away. they are removed from me. In fact, God says that He places them as far away as the East is from the West. This thought feels with my heart with gratitude and thanksgiving. Thank You God for providing a way back for me to have fellowship with You. Thank You Jesus for Your sacrifice on the cross. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You!

    NT
    Matt 27:21 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”

    Then: The governor during the feast would release one prisoner. He asked if they wanted him to release Barabbas, a robber, or Jesus. They chose Jesus.

    Always: We must choose Jesus.

    Now: We have a choice to make in this life. We can choose Jesus or reject Him. We can follow Jesus or not. Each person must make their own choice. This reminds me of our world today. So many reject Jesus. They do not want to pay the cost. They want to be their own boss. They think they are just fine. And they choose not to follow after Him. They may even acknowledge a lot of facts about Jesus. But they do not want Him as their Savior. We as believers must make sure that we have chosen Him. That we are following Him. That means we are obeying Him. We are deep into His Word and we are doing it. We are seeking after Him and doing the things that will please Him. Jesus- I love You. Help me…more and more each day… to love You more and obey You more. Be the Boss of my life. Be my Savior. Be my Lord.

    • Anne Ventura

      May I strive to obedience to Christ.

  • Anne Ventura

    Lev. 17:11

    11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.

    Matthew 27:25

    25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”

    May I be ever thankful with a servants heart and an ATAPAT attitude for the blood shed for my sake.

    • CheriClark

      Yes, these verses are a great reminder of the sacrifice of our Lord on our behalf.

  • Karen Chien

    OT 24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; [7] see to it yourselves.”

    Pilate, a man in position of power and high ranking had the choice of releasing Jesus because Jesus had done nothing wrong. Pilate knew the truth and knew Jesus was not guilty of anything. But because of the people’s choice, the peer pressure, the riots and chaos that was stirring, Pilate feared man more than the ultimate judge that was standing in front of him. Pilate was afraid of the cost it would take to stand up for truth, to stand up for Jesus. May I continue to stand up for my Lord Jesus when it comes to character tests and standing for what is right in this world that compromises truth for comfort in their own lordship.

    • CheriClark

      Yes- may we be steadfast in standing for Christ.

  • Beth Metcalf

    But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. Matt.27:14 (I am surprised his accusers had no fear. Lord I am amazed by you, I love and appreciate all the many ,many detailed things you do for us, which I am recalling in my mind and praising you for right now!) “I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus, the Nazarene, and wonder how he could love me, a sinner, condemned, unclean. How marvelous, how wonderful! And my song shall ever be: How marvelous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!” Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (1905) Titled: “My Savior’s Love For Me

  • Chiara Hawley

    I was curious why Judas changes his mind when Jesus was condemned. Perhaps it was merely seeing the repercussions of his greed affecting his “Teacher,” but I was wondering if Judas thought he could earn the 30 pieces of silver and Jesus would merely free himself in miraculous ways from the traps of the Jewish leaders–as he had always done. This account made me pause today and think more about what Judas assumed in this whole exchange.
    I also love the phrase in verse 25 His blood be on us and on our children!” Amen. The people didn’t mean it this way, but, yes, indeed, may the mercy of God, in the blood of Christ, cover the iniquities of us and our children. May we come to repentance and faith and be covered in Christ!

    • NonieS

      I have thought about that, too! We know that he was greedy and that Satan entered him, but what made him change his mind?

    • CheriClark

      “…may the mercy of God, in the blood of Christ, cover the iniquities of us and our children. May we come to repentance and faith and be covered in Christ!” -Amen.

  • RyanDamato

    Leviticus 17-
    11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.

    Interesting that the sacrifices of the animals were so specific and had a lot of instructions regarding the blood. All of these sacrifices point to the fact that man needs a human sacrifice of a perfect person. The blood of Jesus was the only perfect atonement for man’s sin.
    The Israelites couldn’t eat or drink the blood and of course, we don’t either but it’s commanded that we take communion often to remember the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior. While we do this, we should remember that the cup represents life and that His blood was poured out that we might live. What a great truth, promise and sacrifice for us!
    While the last few chapters can be tough to get through, it’s important for me to understand that God’s chosen people had a lot of commands and instructions regarding things that don’t apply since the Covenant through Christ has taken place. As I reflect on that and think about the fact that God was so specific regarding holiness and repentance, I am quick to recognize the connection and the fact that he is still specific in how I need to live my life. There are still all kinds of rules and instructions, the difference is, I don’t do them to gain God’s favor, but I do them because I have God’s favor. Thank you Jesus for your obedience to God’s great plan!

    Matthew 27-
    5 And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.

    Sin is always expressed as a temporary fix and self pleasure that seems way better before it happens. The amount of money that Judas received could seem like a lot at the time but once he had it, he realized there was innocence there that he was accusing for the pleasure of sin. It quickly lost it’s flare but it was too late.
    We need to be very careful about the things that tempt us. We need to consider the first second after we gain the “feeling” we’re looking for from a temptation and think about how displeasing it is to God. The sin can’t be taken back but it can be fought and conquered before it’s ever fully grown.
    I pray for strength in this area as I am constantly tempted with things in this life. I pray that I would consider the outcome of the sin and weigh that against the sacrifice of my Lord. I can guarantee that the sacrifice of my Lord is always going to carry more weight!

    • CheriClark

      “I don’t do them to gain God’s favor, but I do them because I have God’s favor.” – Appreciate the way you put this.

  • NonieS

    Leviticus 17

    11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.

    Many animals were killed as a sacrifice for sin. This ritual was done over and over again for the sins committed. Our Lord Jesus Christ, paid the price once and for all, shedding His blood to atone for our sins. I am thankful for His atoning blood sto save me for my sin.

    Matthew 27

    19 Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.”
    24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; [7] see to it yourselves.” 25 And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged [8]Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.

    Even Pilate’s wife warned him not to have anything to do with the righteous man, Jesus. He washed his hands of it and left it up to the people to do what they wished. The people called out, “His blood be on us and on our children!” Little did they know that what they were saying for evil, as actually a truth. I am so thankful for the blood of Jesus shed for me and my children. I pray for each of my grandchildren and great grandchildren, that they would place their trust in the atonment of Christ. Maranatha!

    • CheriClark

      I also pray for my grandchildren that God would work in their hearts and bring them to a place of saving grace.

  • Rose White

    Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus [6] was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,  And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. 

    What a tragedy! Trying to right his wrong, Judas went back to chief priests, the very conspirators who worked together to crucify Jesus!
    Judas could have gone straight to Jesus and begged for his forgiveness.

    Help me Lord not to return to my sin but turn to Jesus in repentance!

    • CheriClark

      “Help me Lord not to return to my sin but turn to Jesus in repentance! ” – YES!!!! Nicely put.

  • Sam Funk

    Lev 15:31 “Thus you shall keep the people of Israel separate from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness by defiling my tabernacle that is in their midst.”

    It wasn;t a matter of whether the uncleanness was intentional or periodic or due to illness, God gave the rules for becoming “clean” again that were to be followed by everyone.

    Lev 16:30 For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins.

    It didn’t mean that a person would be sinless from then on, only that past sins were atoned for. THe fact that it would happen every year was evidence that God knew and the people knew they were still sinners. The fact that they could be cleansed, albeit temporarily, prepared the nation for the perfect atonement through the blood of Christ in the future.

    Lev 17:14 For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life. Therefore I have said to the people of Israel, You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off.

    God is clear on this – do NOT eat blood! If you are ever tempted to do so think of the tree of life in the garden. There’s no promise to know good from evil if you do but he repeated it so that we should not question his intent. Therefore, God said do not eat it.

    Matt 27:24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.”

    While it may have been expedient and convenient for Pilate to delegate his authority, he cannot be innocent since he had the power to stop it. Ultimately, the power and authority came from God but Pilate could not convince an honest person that he was innocent.

  • Stephanie Schwartz

    Matthew 27:25
    And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”

    God have mercy upon the Jews. They were so convinced of their righteousness that they called down responsibility upon their children. Please remove the blinders from their eyes, and allow them to see that they crucified their Messiah.

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