Click here to view photos, maps and text that accompany this week’s video. You will learn about the City of Arad, the temple, the bloodpath, the tablets, the sacrifice, and God’s dwelling place today.
God sealed his commitment to Abraham and his descendants by walking the blood path of the covenant, and that commitment was reinforced every time the Israelites sacrificed animals to God. Israel’s sacrifices laid claim to the covenant God had made with Abraham to forgive their sins. However even though God chose to live among his people on the Ark of the Covenant in the temple in Jerusalem, God’s people broke their covenant with him over and over again.
In response, God finally removed his presence from his people until he revealed it again through Jesus, his beloved son. In Jesus, God reaffirmed his dedication to the covenant he had established with his servant Abraham. Jesus, the lamb of God, gave his life – he sacrificed his blood when he died on the cross – to atone for the sins of everyone who had broken the covenant with God. Without exception, the writers of the New Testament believed that the Old Testament sacrifices of the covenant pointed to, and were fulfilled by, Jesus Christ.
- Hundreds of years before Jesus came to earth to live among us, what did the prophet Isaiah say that the Messiah would do? (See Isaiah 53:4-6).
- In light of the covenant between God and Abraham, what greater understanding do you have of the guilt offering mentioned in Isaiah 53:10?
- How do we know that people who lived during the time of Jesus knew of the need for sacrifice in order to restore the covenant with God and recognized that Jesus had come to be that sacrifice? ( see John 1:29; I Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 9:13-15)
- The prophet Micah anticipated the end of the blood sacrifice and asked what sacrifices would be enough to please the Lord. He concluded that God has already revealed what he requires: “To do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). This paves the way for Romans 12:1, which urges believers to do what? What does “living sacrifice” mean and how eager are you to walk with God to that extent?
Suggested memory verse: Matthew 26:28
“… for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”