Amazed by the Blood

I finally finished reading through Numbers.  What a reminder of God when viewed in light of the whole of Scripture.

I was amazed as I read through chapter 35.

Moreover, you shall accept no ransom for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death, but he shall be put to death. Numbers 35:31 ESV

I was struck with the contrast this is to Jesus!  Whereas no ransom could be make for the life of a murder in Numbers, Jesus came to be a ransom for all.

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.  1 Timothy 2:5-6 ESV

There is such a vast difference between the law and grace.  The law always fell short.  Jesus never falls short.  We cannot fully understand grace without first understanding the law.

I love seeing Jesus in the Old Testament.  I think it is too easy to view the OT as a different section of history versus a Sumpremely designed part that points to the glorious Savior of the NT.  God’s workings are evident in the details from His impartation of the law to His impartation of grace thorugh His son.

What the law could not do in its incompletion, Jesus did in full through His death on the cross.  May I never cease to be amazed by the blood.

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One thought on “Amazed by the Blood

  1. Numbers is probably my favorite OT book. People look at me funny when I say that, but then when I tell them all the good things it has in it, they begin to understand. This past winter I had the joy to write curriculum on the book for our church kiddies, and to teach it to my kindergarten Sunday School class. It was great…and they loved it too! When can’t a kid relate to a bunch of people whining about food and a long journey?

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