We are entering the home stretch of our reading. Everything from here on out is a writing from the apostle John. I just want to give a quick heads up about this. I remember when I was putting this material together and I read all of John’s writings in a row, I was able to see connections and themes I had missed before. So, keep your eyes open because it almost seems to me like the gospels and the letters are a series that go together and then get capped off with Revelation.
What Stuck Out for Me in Today’s Reading
Today, I can’t help but be drawn to John 1:29, 36.
“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said ,’Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.’”
“and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’”
Go back and read Numbers 28:1-29:40 sometime and be overwhelmed at the number of sacrifices the Israelites offered to deal with sin.
They offered 2 sacrifices every day. 2 extra sacrifices on the Sabbaths. 11 extra sacrifices on the first day of each month. 77 extra sacrifices during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 11 extra sacrifices on the day of first fruits during the Feast of Weeks. 10 extra sacrifices on the first day of the seventh month. 14 extra sacrifices on the Day of Atonement (10 found in Numbers 29:8, 11 and 4 found in Leviticus 16:5-6). 199 extra sacrifices during the Feast of Booths. That’s 1252 sacrifices per year. This doesn’t include all the sacrifices offered on the day of Passover and then in Numbers 29:39 we learn there were all kinds of free will offerings in addition to this list. Over the history of Israel, that is millions of sacrifices offered to deal with sin.
Yet none of that actually dealt with sin. All of that was done to point out that we needed a real sacrifice for our sins. And here He was in John 1:29, 36–the Lamb of God, the one sacrifice for all time. What a great God we have to provide this sacrifice for us. Let’s praise Him for this today and every day.
What Stuck Out for You?
Someone asked the other day if they were allowed to comment on this blog. ABSOLUTELY!
My hope for this blog is not just to share what struck me, but to provide a forum for daily Bible readers to share how the Scripture is impacting them. Feel free to comment or question anything I have said and written. But also, please, comment and let us know what stuck out to you in the reading. We are all at different places and facing different scenarios in our lives. It stands to reason different things will stand out to us in the readings. The more people we have sharing in this forum the more all of us can grow.
So, please, please, please, let the Bible reading world hear how the Word is impacting you.
Keep the faith and keep reading,