Lent 2018: See the Lord's Salvation: Day 25

Instructions for Consecration


Today's Text: Exodus 29:1-46, Psalm 132:12-16, Hebrews 7:23-28

Scripture Reading: Exodus 29:1-46, Psalm 132:12-16, Hebrews 7:23-28

I once spent a summer cleaning bathrooms at a Christian youth camp. A few other girls and I made up the cleaning crew and we followed the same routine every day with every bathroom. My adolescent self was amazed to discover that no matter how well we cleaned a bathroom one day, just as much cleaning was required the next. And though I would be leaving after a month, as long as there were campers around, the bathrooms would always need cleaning. It was a job with no end in sight.

In Exodus 29, Moses receives instructions for the daily role of the priests: “This is what you are to offer regularly on the altar every day: two year-old lambs. In the morning offer one lamb, and at twilight offer the other lamb” (vv. 38-39). This offering atoned for the people’s sin. The Hebrew word used to describe this type offering is tamid, which means perpetually or continually—“always.” This makes sense, considering there is always more sin to be atoned for, always more mess that must be cleaned up. This passage describes a job with no end in sight.

Performing the same task every day without a weekend or a day off creates the type of monotony that can lead to hopelessness. Even as you are faithful to the work, you wonder, Will it ever be enough? Will I ever get a break?

This is why I love the finality of the author of the book of Hebrews’s language when he says of Jesus, “He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do—first for their own sins, then for those of the people. He did this once for all when He offered Himself” (Hebrews 7:27). Christ did what every high priest before Him could not do: He took the place of the lamb. He played the role of both priest and sacrifice, and in offering Himself on the altar, He put a stop to the cycle. He ended the monotony. Jesus was enough, and only He was enough because only He was “holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens” (v. 26).

At the end of Exodus 29, God explains to Moses the reasoning behind the consecration ritual of the temple and the priests when He says, “I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. And they will know that I am Yahweh their God, who brought them out of the Land of Egypt, so that I might dwell among them” (vv. 45-46). God is always moving toward His people. Drawing near. Freeing the Israelites from captivity in Egypt. Freeing us from the captivity of our sin.

Life is full of daily, monotonous tasks, reasons to give up hope, jobs with no end in sight. But the gospel tells a contrary story, one in which the most hopeless part of us is made new and a future glory made possible, all because we know that Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again.


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  • Lindsey Bailey

    Wow! What a perfect comparison. This really drove this message home for me.

  • Alex Jenks

    Great read today!

  • Peony Noirr


  • I really enjoyed the comparison you made between a seemingly never-ending job like cleaning camp bathrooms and the sacrificing of lambs on a daily basis in order to wipe away daily sins. You can almost feel the sense of hopelessness. Praise God that He has made a new way for us to approach him through Jesus!

  • Denise Powers Fabian

    Without the detail of what just forgiveness of sins took (which remained limited), how could one ever grasp the greatness of Christ’s sacrifice?

  • Julie Smith


  • Monica Davis

    Jesus Christ has completely finished the work of atonement ! And we are complete IN HIM.

  • Jo Gistand

    I’m enjoying seeing how Jesus breaks us free from the Law by His Grace. The parallels between old and new testaments are so revealing.

  • Kelly Marshall

    Love the comparison between the work of the Old Testament priests perpetually offering sacrifices and Jesus Christ in Hebrews 7~ offered once for all! What an amazing Saviour we have!!

  • I love the picture of God getting pleasure from the smell of cooking meat, fresh bread and perhaps wine. I imagine Him with a smile on His face as He breaths in that “pleasing aroma.” And then He does the good and sad work of forgiving the Israelites continual sin. I think God has that same smile when we repent and ask for forgiveness today because His Son is interceeding for us.

  • Lisa McCoy

    This is a light bulb moment for me. I never quite understood what ‘Jesus is the lamb of God’ really meant. Now I get it. He was the sin offering, the lamb, that atoned for our sins. Wow!

    • Darcy Sowle

      I am reading this much later but am also appreciating my deeper understanding of Jesus even from these Old Testament readings – I am really enjoying these connections to strengthen my understanding!

  • Brittany Brooks

    Thank you Lord for taking care of it all!

  • Sabrina Michelle

    That indeed was a lot of work, make me think about all the simple complaining we do. Jesus has can and made all things new. By His blood we are reunited with our Father. Oh what a love!!

  • Kristin L

    Thanks be to God!

  • Kelly Alvey

    Wow, I’ve never thought of that!

  • Caroline Odom

    My Bible pointed out the gruesome nature of an Old Testament priest’s work. Imagine all those gory sacrifices, day after day, often many times a day, in the heat of a desert. I like to imagine the situation as being clean and simple, but we know that wasn’t the case— it was messy! This is the job that Jesus does so willingly and so perfectly for us. Although he made the final sacrifice with his blood, day after day, often many times a day, He still works on our behalf to forgive us from the sins that we continue to make. What a God we have!

  • Thank you SRT for these meaningful studies. I have been reading for about a year, but this is the first time commenting. I just read in Jonathan Cahn’s book about the Tamid. Interesting that the morning lamb was sacrificed ar the third hour, the exact time that the Lamb of God was offered on the cross. The last lamb was offered at the ninth hour which is the exact time that the Lamb of God died on the cross. It all took place during the 6 hours of temple sacrifices. The precious Lamb of God covers it all, every sacrifice, continuously, always and forever. Praise be to God!!

    • Michelle

      Thanks for your insight. I didn’t catch the part about the timing. Thank you for sharing!

    • She Reads Truth

      Thanks for sharing this Elaine, we’re so glad that you’re reading along with us! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Today’s message soothed my restless heart! Hallelujah. Lately, at my workplace, I have been getting sucked into the ‘day to day monotony’ of repeating the same tasks everyday. Before work I listen to CCM to help shift my perspective; that I work for the most high, King of all Kings, God of Angel armies!, and that same God works for my greatest good because HE LOVES ME unconditionally. I am very grateful for today’s message. God is so good!

  • This is wonderful to read, it shows love of God to come and give His son as a sacrifice to replace the sacrifices given be the priests in the temple.
    Sisters in Christ, please pray for my blood sister she is having problems at home. She is a recovering alcoholic and when I talked to her on the phone yesterday she sounded very down. Carol, my sister, lives in Overland Park, KS and I’m in Ames, IA right now with my job so I can’t be with her right away. I am praying she won’t relapse and start drinking.

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re praying for your friend right now! We’re so grateful that you’re here Dorothy. -Margot, The SRT Team

    • Missy

      Prayed over your sister Carol right now. Believing she will continue to be free of the hold of alcohol. Hope she is doing ok!

  • Lizzieb85

    As I read today I was struck with 2 things. 1- the detail of the ritual! 2- the amount of food needed (animals, flour, bread, oil, etc…) It seems, to me, to be excessive. Yet our sin is excessive. The simplicity “once for all” of Jesus sacrifice is amazing! Only God, come down as man, could do that!

    (The author of Hebrews is unknown, it is not necessarily Paul who wrote it)

  • Julie Stevens

    Just started this study today. Inspired already!

  • What is his name?

  • Kerry Campbell

    I have been actively praying for my twenty year old son who is with a destructive, troubled, even violent girl. I visualize his body from head to toe and pray that God will affect his thoughts, what he sees and hears, what he speaks, his emotions (his heart), his actions (his hands), and his direction (his feet). When I read about the blood being placed on the ears, hands, and feet of Aaron, it sounds just like what I am trying to do. Sisters, will you pray with me that this girl be broken off from my son so that he can walk in wholeness and freedom in the Light. Please join your prayers to mine, I know mothers are a powerful praying force. Thank you!

    • Erin B

      Kerry, I’m praying with you for your so– that his vision would clear, even if it must be through pain. I walked (it sounds like) a simmilar path as a late teen and had to fall hard before I came to realization. I pray that he wouldn’t require that kind of sobering, but that if he does, God would grow his heart, faith and wisdom immensely through it, Praying also for you as a Momma– for patience, wisdom and love. You are clearly taking this stress and fear to the right place, the feet of the Most High. <3

    • Jill

      Consider praying for the Holy Spirit to open her eyes so that she would be saved.

    • Lauren

      Kerry, I’m praying for your son! He will be free in Jesus’ name. Your prayers and expectancy are going to be fertile ground for a miracle to happen!!! Interceding on his and the girls behalf this morning. <3 Hugs!!

    • AliceV

      Kerry–I join you in prayer for your son as I pray for my 20 year old daughter who is not walking with the Lord. Trusting the Lord will convict, protect, and bring our beloved children to wholeness in Christ. Peace to you today.

    • Churchmouse

      Praying earnestly!!

    • She Reads Truth

      Thank you for sharing Kerry. We’re praying for your son and your family during this time. -Margot, The SRT Team

    • Kerry

      Thank you all for your prayers, they are so appreciated. I long for my son to be free and walking in the light. I have always thought there was a strong call on his life. Thanks again <3

  • I am so thankful that Jesus is my High Priest.

  • This is maybe a very minor point, but it occurs to me that Jesus ended up saving not just humans from this cycle of violence but also thousands of animals!

  • Cassie H.

    Powerful! Love this!

  • Reading these insructions of killing animals seems so barbaric. It seems wrong that innocent animals are dying through no fault of their own – then my inner “bell” went off. This is exactly what Christ did for us, He was the Lamb of God who was killed in a barbaric way through no fault of His own – Wow!

  • Pam White

    That should have been “without these rituals”

  • Pam White

    Look at the ritual and sacrifice it took for humans to be clean enough to be in His presence. And yet Jesus’s blood was powerful enough to wash away the sins of us all, so now we can approach the throne of grace with these rituals. Jesus, the Lamb of God…there is power in the blood!

  • Pam White

    Sin is so ugly, so repulsive to God

  • The more I get rooted into the word the more things connect and makes sense to me. Growing up in an Angelican church we used to do the Angus Deivwhich says “ Lamb of God you take away the sins of thre word have mercy on us. lamb of God you take away the sins of the world grant us peace” I was never able to connect the dots until after today’s reading. Jesus took the place of the lambs sacrificed regularly for the high priests. Since Jesus died for us we are free. Thank you God for sending your only son to die and save us.

    • Michelle

      Reading your comment a light bulb ‘a-ha’ moment went off in my head (probably the holy spirit guiding me to your realization). I never put the ‘lamb of God’ and sacrificial lambs together. WOW!
      Thank you!

  • Lisa Shelton

    In the reading of all of these scriptures daily it is so easy to want to over look a lot of what it is saying. How boring are these passages.. to us it seems so ridiculous some of the things that had to take place for atonement of sin..however, in considering the detail of it all from the location to the building of the tents to the wardrobe to the actions that had to be so detailed. It has been a huge reminder to me that what Jesus did on that cross was bigger than anything I could have ever done for myself. I am so thankful that Christ died the death I could not. He died for my sin one time and His blood covers me daily. Thank You God for sending your Son to a sinful world that could not do it on its own, to redeem us. How Great is Our God!! Thank you SRT for this daily reading and reminder.

  • Katie Stutler

    Great analogy. Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice.

  • Kelly Chataine

    Currently acting as my husband’s caregiver and the tasks are fairly the same each and every day. God has given me joy in my journey. Praise Him!
    Once again, we see God’s attention to detail and I am so grateful for that and Him!

  • Christie Algeo

    Praise the lord, the living God, who is both high priest and the sacrifice. May we never forget the weight/cost and love in His death and resurrection

  • Kristine Loughman

    Okay, all I could think of was yesterday’s passage in the specifics of making the clothes for Aaron and his sons. So they made these beautiful clothes for the priests, then splattered them with blood. How did the robes ever get clean again?! Even with today’s Tide and bleach, that would be an arduous task! Although… nothing I do is ever going to fully wash the dirt and blood and sin and guilt off me either. Only Jesus washes white as snow.

  • Jessica McCreary

    Thank You God!!! ❤️

  • Kathy Valentine

    Great devotional today! Thank you, Andrea Lucado. Thank You, Jesus, for offering Yourself as the perfect final sacrifice for our sins, for washing us clean, for clothing us in Your robes of righteousness, and for living now to make intercession for us. Your love is beyond amazing.

  • Churchmouse

    Much of what I do today is what I did yesterday and what will need done tomorrow. My life is pretty routine. You could even say monotonous, I suppose. I would rather say it is familiar – that sounds kinder. But familiar can become complacent, the motions thoughtless. I can become ungrateful for the ordinary, the necessary. I can view those tasks as ‘less than.’ I wonder how soon the priests viewed their work that way? Every day, sacrifices to be made. An unending stream of people and animals and blood. Did they become complacent? Were their motions thoughtless? Did they forget the reason behind what they were doing? I imagine they became so tired of it all, just as I get weary with my to do list. Praise God for Jesus! He put the priests out of work. He eliminated their job. He said “I am enough. It is finished.” Today I will go about my familiar, ordinary chores. I pray they will be a sacrifice of praise to Him for ending the need for sacrifice. May my ‘sacrifice’ be freely given, because I want to, not because I have to. May I not be complacent or grow weary. May I be cheerful and grateful. Until He comes again. Amen.

  • Máire TreasaNicFhlannchadha

    Praise God and may we never forget that he is enough!

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