I think I took a hit too many. It’s been harder to bounce back and I’m not sure why. I guess I’m like everybody else and I forget the order of things. When I forget the order of things, people can hurt me.
The attack was crazy brutal. I don’t know how they get weapons that strong. I don’t fight like that. I refuse. Nice girls get their clothes stolen when they’re not looking. They have to run home naked and humiliated. How long was this planned? Somebody needs to burn down their fort.
Cain’s children are standing in the way, telling me it’s my offering that isn’t good enough. Too young, to broken, too much. An irretrievable mess and shame on me for believing them.
“…If anyone sins,…if it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, then he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull…for a sin offering. And the anointed priest shall take some of the blood of the bull…, and the priest shall…sprinkle part of the blood seven times before the Lord in front of the veil of the sanctuary. And the priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense before the Lord that is in the tent of meeting, and all the rest of the blood of the bull he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting.” –Leviticus 4:2-7 ESV
Before Jesus came, people had to wait for a priest to sprinkle blood outside the sanctuary, on the alter, on the horns of the alter, and then dump the rest out at the base.
Before Jesus came, people had to wait for a priest. A person holier than them.
Before Jesus came, people had to appease other people before they could be forgiven.
Before Jesus came, people had to wait.
I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Jesus came.
“We landed on the moon!” -Lloyd Christmas
Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own. -2 Corinthians 5:14-15 MSG
We don’t have to wait for a priest. Because Jesus leveled the playing field, there is no one holier than you. We don’t have to appease other people before we can be forgiven. Because of Jesus, our offering is already blessed. The blood has already been sprinkled, splattered, and poured out.
Because of Jesus, not one single person on the face of the earth can tell you that you and what you have to offer are not good enough. Everything has already been covered. You don’t have to find the blood, the blood has already flooded your house.
“[The blood] is on the alter before we bring the incense…” -Charles Spurgeon
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?-Hebrews 2:1-3 ESV
Because of Jesus, “every transgression and disobedience has received a just retribution.” When you forget the order of things (Jesus first), then you are an easy target.
You’re not waiting for the day of sacrifice before you can sleep on hope easy and start fresh. This is it. It all falls in line after Jesus, we’re not still waiting on a Messiah. When people tear you down and stand in your way, remember that it’s their own sin and doubt, not yours. They forgot the order of things.
How can you forget the blood at your feet?
How can you forget walking in your own sin?
I guess they haven’t looked at their feet in a while.
If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we’re in this with Christ for the long haul. -Hebrews 3:14 MSG