Our little grandbaby girls are learning to read! But before they can actually understand the great concepts they can learn from reading, they must first master the “A-B-C’s.” The “A-B-C’s are the building blocks of reading, and all those big words and ideas won’t make any sense to them until they learn the basic concepts of those letters first.
As we come to Leviticus in our Old Testament reading, we read all these commands about lambs, and sacrifices, and blood —what is all this about? God was giving His people the building blocks; the “A-B-C’s” of faith. Before they would be ready to receive a Messiah who died for their sins, God first had to give us the basic theological alphabet of sin, and sacrifice, and forgiveness. When Jesus came later and John the Baptist said “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” people would not have known what “sin” was, or the forgiveness that the sacrifice of a lamb brought, etc., unless God has first given His people the “spiritual A-B-C’s” in Leviticus, to help us understand what Jesus would later bring us.
So today as we prepare to celebrate the Lord’s Supper this morning, let’s look back at these “A-B-C’s” in Leviticus, and remember how it shows us that the sacrifice Jesus made brings about the forgiveness of our sins and satisfies God. Continue reading