Read Exodus 29
Focus on verse 38
A relationship is only as good as the effort those involved choose to invest. Those who make a serious investment typically get a serious return. Many areas of life are like this. The phrase, “You get what you pay for” is not far from the truth. In today’s reading God gives the people instruction regarding the cost of being in relationship with Him. The sacrificial system was instituted by God to help the people understand the serious nature of sin and atonement. It was also the template for what God would ultimately do by sending Jesus Christ to give His life as the final sacrifice – once for all.
“Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two lambs a year old day by day regularly.”(v. 38)
For the duration of the forty years that they wandered in the wilderness they were to offer two lambs per day… that would translate into 728 lambs per year… times 40 years… that’s a lot of sheep! And – this does not take into account the extra offering on special occasions! All this in order to keep the people of God in relationship with Him… all these blood sacrifices were symbolically covering the sin of the people so that they could enter into a relationship with a holy God. The price of sin has always been high. It cost humanity a severed relationship with the God who created us. To restore this relationship it cost Israel thousands upon thousands of animal sacrifices. It ultimately cost Jesus his life, and God the Father His Son. Sin continues to wreak a heavy price on humanity, leaving in it’s wake a trail of pain, sickness and death. Thanks be to God that the debt has been paid, that the ultimate sacrifice has been made “once for all” and that through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the price of sin had been paid once for all!
Who in his or her right mind would turn down a free offer like this? Trade in the debt you owe – that you have no resources to pay – for the free gift of eternal life with God. Sounds like a deal made in heaven to me!