I do not know many people who rejoice when it is time to read Leviticus. Most people try to avoid the book as much as possible because it is filled with so many commands and details to customs that are strange to people of our culture. We are not out sacrificing animals. We no longer have a need for that so we tend to skim over or skip Leviticus because it is deemed not relevant. But God gave us Leviticus for a reason and there is still so much we can glean from it today.
When I was reading Leviticus 1, it discussed the action of laying a hand on an animal’s head before it was sacrificed. It was considered to be a way to identify with the animal and understand that the animal’s life was given as a substitute for your life as a penalty to sin. The person was able to see the result of his sin and understand there were consequences. It was very real. We do not have animal sacrifices today because God so loved us that He sent Jesus to pay the price once for all. No more animal sacrifices. But something that we sometimes neglect to do is to identify—to grasp the cost of our sins.
Jesus paid it all. Jesus took our sin punishment. Sometimes because we know we are forgiven, we do not grasp the reality of our sins. Sin is wrong. Sin has consequences. Sin hurts people. Sin hurts you. Today I challenge you to consider the price that was paid, imagine this laying of hands—consider the reality of sin in your life and identify with Christ—walk in Christ.
“Lay your hand on the animal’s head, and the LORD will accept its death in your place to purify you, making you right with him.” – Leviticus 1:4 [NLT]