Leviticus 17-18, Matthew 27

Leviticus 17:7
They shall no more offer their sacrifices to demons, after whom they have played the harlot. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations.” ’

Man is prone to worshipping other gods. The Lord declares this over and over again, “I alone desire your love, worship and adoration. You shall have no other gods before me.”

Leviticus 17:11
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. ’

We know that a person’s life is in the blood. Now God declares it to be so, and speaks of eternal life with Him as well. Eternal life is in the blood of Jesus.

Leviticus 18:21
And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

Molech was the national god of the Ammonites whose worship involved the sacrifice of children. It is hard to believe, but despite God’s warnings the Israelites gave way to this horrific practice. The heart is deceitfully wicked, and there is no end to the depths of depravity the heart will go when turned away from God.

Matthew 27:29-30
When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

It is hard to believe the suffering that Jesus went through to pay the penalty for our sins. We must never read these words in a casual manner. We must meditate on so great a love, that He would suffer unwarranted shame, on our behalf, that we might have the hope and assurance of eternity in heaven. Thank you Lord for such a precious sacrifice.

Matthew 27:45-46
45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

The Jewish day began at six o’clock in the morning. Therefore, the sixth hour would be 12:00 noon and the ninth hour would be 3:00 PM. There was darkness on the land for three hours. It was at the end of that period that Jesus died.

For the first and only time in all of eternity, God had to briefly turn away from Jesus, as He took the sin of the world upon Himself. It was not possible for a holy and perfect God to look upon and have fellowship with sin. Once the sin was atoned for, that perfect relationship between Jesus and God would be eternally restored.

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