Thus shall he do with the bull. As he did with the bull of the sin offering, so shall he do with this. And the priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven.
Disobeying God’s commands = Sin -> Guilt -> Judgement and need for Atonement.
There was not forgiveness without atonement. Atonement came through a sin offering in the form of an animal being sacrificed. For Israel to be made right with God something had to die and blood was shed.
Leviticus has always been a boring book for me to read. However, having a better understanding of the Gospel as it is explained in the new testament allows me to read this book with fresh eyes.
This verse immediately made me think of Jesus and his death that purchased my forgiveness. It wasn’t possible without him. I couldn’t be made right with God without the “lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.” Colossians 1:20-22 couldn’t say it any better
And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.
Thank you Jesus for your blood and death that earns my peace before the Father. You did the impossible of reconciling an evil, rebellious, self loving Jon to a holy, pure, and perfect God. You are my only hope for righteousness!