LEVITICUS 4:5-7: “And the anointed priest shall take some of the blood of the bull and bring it into the tent of meeting, 6 and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle part of the blood seven times before the LORD in front of the veil of the sanctuary. 7 And the priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense before the LORD that is in the tent of meeting, and all the rest of the blood of the bull he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION : The instructions in the verses above refer to the “Sin Offering”. The “Sin Offering” was an offering for someone who unintentionally broke one of God’s commands. They were to bring a bull (for the priests, or the whole congregation), a goat or a lamb (for a leader, or one of the common people), lay their hands upon the sacrifice to identify and convey their sin upon the sacrifice, and then the priest would offer the sacrifice before the Lord. It is interesting to note the difference of the priest’s offering during the “Sin Offering” for a priest or the whole congregation verses a leader or the common people. There were two unique steps that priest took that were in addition to the normal sin offering.
The priest would take some of the blood into the tent of meeting (tabernacle). He would dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies and the Ark of the Covenant. He would then dip his finger into the blood and put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of incense that burned before the veil. The rest of the blood was poured out at the base of the altar of burnt offering. In the other sin offerings the priest would only put the blood of the sacrifice on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and then he would pour out the rest at its’ base. What is the significance?
Immediately I was drawn to two important Scriptures in the New Testament regarding the final and completed sacrifice of Jesus for our sin. In Hebrews we read – “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22 ESV) It is now through the blood of Jesus Christ, taken into the Holy of Holies by our Great High Priest (Jesus), that we are able to enter into the presence of God to offer our prayers.
I John 1:7-9 tells us – “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (ESV) It is only through the blood of Jesus Christ that we now have access to the Father. We are called to boldly enter into the very throne room of God through His blood. We are assured of His forgiveness and cleansing and His help in time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16).
The priests had to continually offer the sacrifice for their sin and the sin of the congregation. Jesus offered His sacrifice, Himself, once and for all! (Hebrews 10:10-14) His great sacrifice for our sins has opened the way into the very presence of God, without condemnation, and without fear. Our prayers have also been sanctified and accepted through the blood of Jesus Christ (sprinkling the horns of the altar of incense). This is why we are exhorted to come boldly into His presence. We do not do so because of our own merit or worth, but through His merit and worth. We stand completely forgiven in Him and clothed in His righteousness. The final sacrifice is complete as is the provision!
Lord, this morning I come to You in full assurance of faith. The offering for my sin is complete! I ask You to forgive me of my sin and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Create a clean heart within me by the power of Your Holy Spirit and the inward working of Your Grace! Hear my prayers and receive my worship. May I walk in the fulness of Your completed work and sacrifice today. In Jesus Name!