Deuteronomy 21: Forgiven
Everything in the sacrificial system had a purpose. As you particularly saw when we went through Leviticus, God was incredibly specific about certain procedures.
In Deuteronomy 21, we find another realistic problem. What happens if you’re out in the wilderness and find someone dead? No one knows who killed him, but the point remains that he is dead. To account for this, the Levites from the nearest city needed to sacrifice a cow.
Deu 21:7 And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.
Deu 21:8 Be merciful, O LORD, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel’s charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them.
Deu 21:9 So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.
This passage made me think a little bit of the New Testament method of forgiveness. It is a little bit different because there needed to be that literal animal sacrifice back then, but the other part is very similar.
Forgiveness is something that we need to constantly remember. Yes, we had a perfect sacrifice in the person of Jesus Christ who redeemed us from our sinful history. However, we also need to accept His gift.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Every time we come to God for forgiveness, He will forgive us. That is undeniable. It is also a very good thing.
We may not need to sacrifice animals anymore to be acquitted of the guilt of our sins. However, forgiveness is still incredibly important, and God loved us so much that He sacrificed His only Son to serve as the perfect sacrifice. It is only because of Him that we can have this gift.