If we have read much of the old testament in the bible, it is inevitable that we have come across the description and event of a sacrificial offering. The slaughter of animals, the smearing of blood. To me, many times the visual thoughts I actually get of the holy of holies is that of a slaughter house. The smell of blood, splattered blood all over the mercy seat, splatter blood on the walls. It is very graphic if we read through some of the sacrifices.

This week in our study we have the opportunity to learn in detail about the sacrifices. Why they were done a certain way, what was the intention, and how does it effect us today. Or does it?

Agnus Dei - The title of this artwork means "Lamb of God". Trussed for sacrifice, the parallel of Christ's sacrifice for God's people is clear. The clarify and realism of the painting makes the analogy all the more poignant.

Agnus Dei – The title of this artwork means “Lamb of God”. Trussed for sacrifice, the parallel of Christ’s sacrifice for God’s people is clear. The clarify and realism of the painting makes the analogy all the more poignant.

The Agnus Dei painting above has many symbolic meanings that can be acknowledged.  The bound feet depicts “the punishment, that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. The lamb’s facial expression of affliction and oppression. Then the animal itself is used through out the bible to illustrate “we all, like sheep, have gone astray”.

Most of us have grasped the concept of a sacrifice and even have come to believe that Jesus was the sacrifice for our sins. But what about this thing called atonement? Do we grasp what atonement is? We may have even heard of Yon Kippur, but we don’t connect with it. We think it is some strange holiday for someone else. Let us take the time to pause and understand what it represents and then we can fully relate to such a holiday. Yes, it is the holiest day of the year for Jewish people, but what about for us?

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Below is the PDF version of the chapter as well as the MP3 Audio file link.
Enjoy, and hope to see you at Panera Saturday!

If you want to listen to the chapter in MP3 format, grab that here:
MP3 for Part IV, Session 6 “Sacrifice and Atonement”

If you want to read the section in PDF format, grab that here:
PDF for Part IV: Session 6 “Sacrifice and Atonement”

Part IV: Session 6 Reading Plan

Leviticus 16
Leviticus 17
Leviticus 19
Deuteronomy 16
Hebrews 8
Hebrews 9
Hebrews 10
Isaiah 53

This reading plan is outlined on Youversion.com reading plan “Multiply Reading Plan: Francis Chan” This week is Sunday, day 99 – Friday, day 104.

We are continuing our journey through the book Multiply. If you don’t have a copy use, don’t fret, we provide a PDF link each week for you to read, listen and journey with us. For more information about the Multiply Movement, check out their website: http://multiplymovement.com

The Agnus Dei painting and the descriptions were shared from the Bible 360 which you can find at: http://www.bible360.com