Pathway’s 40 days of prayer campaign runs from Wednesday, February 14 to Saturday, March 31. Join us as we unite as a church in prayer. Our theme verse for the campaign is 2 Chronicles 7:14. Starting on Wednesday, February 14, join your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as we all pray together at 7:14am and 7:14pm. Devotionals and prayer topics will be posted on FB and on our website on a regular basis. Be sure to let us know what’s on your mind and heart throughout these 40 days by using #PBCPRAY40 wherever you post!
“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.” — Leviticus 17:11
You may have heard that dull meaningless or frustrating work is referred to as sisyphean. We sometimes use that term because of its story in Greek mythology. Sisyphus, a king, was condemned by the gods to eternal punishment to atone for the sins of his life. His sentence was to push a huge boulder up a hill only to have it roll down when he reached the summit and then to repeat the meaningless task over and over again for all eternity.
In the book of Leviticus, God explains to the Israelites the need for a blood sacrifice to atone for their sins. In some instances a bull would be slaughtered and in others, another animal, such as a goat or a lamb would do. No matter what animal was used, the sacrificial system functioned to satisfy the offense we made against God for our sin, that those under the blood of the sacrifice would be set free from their sin. God’s intention for this system was that it would be temporary to point us to the reality that we could never sacrifice enough animals to satisfy our sins. It would be a sisyphean task to try and atone for our countless sins. For myself, I wouldn’t be able to come off the altar, as I would have to continually offer blood because if I’m honest with myself and God, I can’t stop sinning. There aren’t enough animals in this world to cover just one person’s sins, let alone for the sins of the whole world.
The sacrificial system served two purposes: first, to show us that we could never save ourselves—it would have to be an act of God, it would have to be grace; second, it was a foreshadow of the coming savior, Jesus Christ—the perfect passover lamb. Because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice to atone for our sins, we don’t have to sacrifice any more animals nor do we have to perform in any manner to be saved. We are accepted even though we are still broken and weak because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to be the sacrifice for the world.