As I talked to my 90 year old great uncle years ago, I asked him about how things had changed in his lifetime. He said, “some things are better some are not.” We agreed that it is sure different today.

As I talked to my 90 year old great uncle years ago, I asked him about how things had changed in his lifetime. He said, “some things are better some are not.” We agreed that it is sure different today.

That reminded me of how God used to deal with people in Old Testament times. For people to be on good terms or at peace with God they had to sacrifice animals to get forgiveness for their sins. They had to take a bull, a lamb, a goat, or a pigeon, (depending on your wealth) without blemish to the tent of meeting, (Chapter 1 of Leviticus and 4:27-35, & 5:6-10). There it was slaughtered and the blood caught in a pan. Then the priest took the blood and sprinkled it on the altar and the rest of the animal was burned. It was then that the one who brought the sacrifice found a temporary forgiveness for his sins and temporary peace with God. But they had to keep offering sacrifices over and over because the blood of bulls and rams could not permanently remove sins, (Isaiah 11:1, Hebrews 10:4).

It is different today because there was a one-time offering for all time for the forgiveness of all sins. The only way our sins are forgiven is through the blood of Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1 and 8-11, Ephesians 2:13, 1 Peter 1:18-23). See you in church next Sunday. Brother J