Thursday, February 27, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Leviticus 22:17-20
17: Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 18: "Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel and say to them, 'Any man of the house of Israel or of the aliens in Israel who presents his offering, whether it is any of their votive or any of their freewill offerings, which they present to the LORD for a burnt offering-- 19: for you to be accepted--it must be a male without defect from the cattle, the sheep, or the goats. 20: 'Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it will not be accepted for you.
This has a lot to say of what the Messiah would look like. As the sacrifice to end all sacrifices, the Messiah would have to be perfect; not just perfect in appearance but perfect in action, for a man who looked mah-velous but yet was a sinner wouldn't do. Also, the Messiah would have to be male. A female messiah wouldn't meet the specs. Given the fallen nature of man, God needed to send part of Himself. Here's a candidate for one of those pithy church signs "Jesus: God cared enough to send His very best." You might even say that Jesus is God's most prominent hallmark.

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