The laws which the Lord gave to Moses in reference to sacrifices are all deeply instructive, and every detail deserves earnest study: we select for present reading the law of the sin-offering in
The case is put with an “if,”—if a soul shall sin, and if the priest do sin; but indeed, it is all too certain that they do sin, and it is most gracious on the Lord’s part to ordain a sacrifice to meet the case. The victim must itself be without blemish, or it cannot be an accepted substitute. How well the Lord Jesus answers to this type.
By an act of penitential faith we must accept the atoning sacrifice as available for us. But the victim must die, and pour out its blood, for the blood is the very life of the expiation.
Everywhere the blood was conspicuous, for it is the essence of atonement.
When our Lord Jesus was made sin for us, and so became forsaken of God, he was nevertheless dear unto God—hence some part of the sin offering was laid upon the altar of acceptance.
Leviticus 4:11, 12
As a thing unclean the sin-offering was put away, and even thus Jesus was made sin for us, and in token thereof he was made to suffer outside Jerusalem.
Of our spiritual altar formalists cannot partake.
Hebrews 13:12, 13
Calvary was outside Jerusalem.
Our holy faith makes us a separated people, because our Lord in whom we trust was separated, and covered with reproach for our sakes. Mere going out from society is nothing, going forth unto him is the great matter. With joy do we follow him into the place of separation, expecting soon to dwell with him for ever.
My faith would lay her hand
On that dear head of thine,
While like a penitent I stand,
And there confess my sin.
My soul looks back to see
The burdens thou didst bear,
When hanging on the cursed tree,
And hopes her guilt was there.