ripple effect

June 2016 (30)

Leviticus 4:8-12

Lev 4:8 And all the fat of the bull of the mistake offering he will remove from it, the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails
Lev 4:9 and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins and the long lobe of the liver that he will remove with the kidneys
Lev 4:10 (just as these are taken from the ox of the sacrifice for healthy relationships); and the priest will burn them on the altar of the ascending offering.
Lev 4:11 But the skin of the bull and all its flesh, with its head, its legs, its entrails, and its dung–
Lev 4:12 all the rest of the bull– he will carry outside the camp to a pure place, to the ash heap, and will burn it up on a fire of wood. On the ash heap it will be burned up.

ripple effect

This passage shows similarities between the sacrifice for healthy relationships and the mistake offering. By so doing, it highlights the fact that our individual mistakes (sins) affect all our relationships, not just our relationship with God. When we fail, it causes a ripple effect, like what happens when a stone is thrown into the water. The LORD wants to reconcile us to himself, and he also wants to restore our marriages, families, churches, communities and nations from the cumulative effect of all these failures.

LORD, restore us to you, and restore our relationships damaged by our mistakes. We rely on Christ’s sacrifice to reverse the effects of our sin.

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