not divided completely

June 2016 (20)

Leviticus 1:14-17

Lev 1:14 “If his offering to Yahveh is an ascending offering of birds, then he will bring his offering of turtledoves or pigeons.
Lev 1:15 And the priest will bring it to the altar and wring off its head and burn it on the altar. Its blood will be pressed out on the wall of the altar.
Lev 1:16 He will remove its crop with its contents and toss it beside the altar on the east side, in the place for ashes.
Lev 1:17 He will tear it open by its wings, but will not divide it completely. And the priest will burn it on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire. It is an ascending offering, a fire offering to Yahveh with a soothing aroma.

not divided completely

The mystery of the sacrifice of Christ is made even more mysterious by Christ’s unique nature. He was a union of the human and the divine. This union continued even as he died on the cross, calling out his Father to forgive his executioners. The fact that Christ retained his complete nature even while being sacrificed for us was symbolised by the tearing open of the turtledoves’ wings. Just as the bird retained its wholeness through the process, so Christ kept his wholeness — while making it possible for us to become whole again.

LORD, thank you for your amazing sacrifice for our restoration.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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