Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Sunday one of the lady's in my Bible class said, "You need to move on and quit talking about slitting throats of animals--I'm getting sick."

OK, well, we were talking about the time when I slaughtered a goat and hit my own shin with the sledgehammer. I was able to recover, and groaning, finished the task.

This led to an incredulous question from one lady about why I had used a hammer and not slit the goat's throat. One elder popped up and said the next door neighbor of the church had two goats roaming on our parking lot and would I shepherd them. Hey, man, I'm not the shepherd. Did I not just tell you a story about what happens when I handle goats?

We had been talking about the atonement out of Leviticus 16 and cross-referencing Hebrews 9. Those are bloody chapters. The most striking are these two verses in parallel universes of Israel's temple rituals and the altar of the cross of Christ:

Leviticus 17:11
I have provided the blood for you to make atonement for your lives on the Altar; it is the blood, the life, that makes atonement.*

Hebrews 9:14
Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God.*

*Peterson, E. H. (2003). The Message : The Bible in contemporary language. Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress.

3 Comments:

At 8:32 AM, Blogger James said...

That reminds me of the time I was giving a missions report and the video of a Russian meat market almost made a lady fall out of her pew! I'm glad to read someone's studying Leviticus. It's got to be the most neglected book, because most see it as boring. But, when you parallel it as you did to Hebrews, it's an amazing picture of Christ's sacrifice.

God bless,

James

 
At 8:08 PM, Blogger john alan turner said...

Okay, you've left us hanging. Why did you use a sledgehammer?

 
At 3:48 PM, Blogger Greg Taylor said...

That's one of the standard "humane" ways to slaughter. For instance, cattle are plugged with a hammer gun in slaughter houses. This is done because they are put up by their hooves and throats are cut. They don't want to do this with them alive.

 

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