only one place for sacrifice

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Leviticus 17:1-7

Lev 17:1 And Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Lev 17:2 “Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the people of Israel and say to them, this is the thing that Yahveh has commanded when he said,
Lev 17:3 that if any one of the house of Israel kills an ox or a lamb or a goat in the camp, or kills it outside the camp,
Lev 17:4 and does not bring it to the entrance of the conference tent to offer it as a gift to Yahveh in front of the tabernacle of Yahveh, that man will be recognised as guilty of bloodshed. He has shed blood, and that man will be eliminated from among his people.
Lev 17:5 This is to the end that the people of Israel may bring their sacrifices that they sacrifice in the open field, that they may bring them to Yahveh, to the priest at the entrance of the conference tent, and sacrifice them as sacrifices for healthy relationships to Yahveh.
Lev 17:6 And the priest will throw the blood on the altar of Yahveh at the entrance of the conference tent and burn the fat for a soothing aroma to Yahveh.
Lev 17:7 So they will no more sacrifice their sacrifices to goat demons, after whom they whore. This will be a permanent prescription for them throughout their generations.

only one place for sacrifice

Moses was commanded essentially to outlaw any other kind of sacrifice other than those detailed, with the threat of death for a violation. This is the same Bible, and the same God who wants us to love one another and be considerate of one another. He is telling us that our toleration of one another’s differences cannot include acceptance of alternate places for worship or sacrifice. He has only prescribed the one way, the one place.

Now that the tabernacle no longer exists, does this injunction still apply? I think it now applies to all of us. The one place for sacrifice was the conference tent of the tabernacle. Since the cross, that one place is Calvary. Any other attempts to appease the wrath of God is sin — the sin of blasphemy.

LORD, thank you for providing the one way and the one place and the one sacrifice.

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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