The Bull of the Sin Offering

The Lord told Moses what to do to consecrate his brother Aaron and his sons for the work of the high priest. This included the sacrifice of a bull, “You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull. Then you shall kill the bull before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting. You shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar. And you shall take all the fat that covers the entrails, the fatty lobe attached to the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, and burn them on the altar. But the flesh of the bull, with its skin and its offal, you shall burn with fire outside the camp. It is a sin offering” (Exodus 29:10-14).
Have you watched the slaughter of a bull before? I have. The man did it efficiently. He had done it for several decades and knew what to do. He brought the bull down instantly with a well-placed .22 caliber between the eyes. Within seconds, he slit the throat and began doing other things to prepare to take the bull to the butcher’s shop, using a steel on his knife constantly. The bull and the man were gone in one hour.
He reminded me of the work of the priests in Israel. They were custom slaughterers and butchers. I know it is not a pretty sight, but picture what the priests did with that bull.
With the image of a dismembered bull in your mind and all the blood and so on, get this point. The end of the reading from Exodus 29:10-14 said that, “It is a sin offering.” Sin is as ugly to the Lord as that torn up animal is to us.
Yet, we ask why did the animal have to die for us, or for the Israelites? What did he do? Let me ask you, Why did Jesus have to die for our sins? What was His offense?

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