Year after year, the high priest offered sacrifices on behalf of people who had sinned inadvertently.
“‘But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or foreigner, blasphemes the LORD and must be cut off from the people of Israel. Because they have despised the LORD’s word and broken his commands, they must surely be cut off; their guilt remains on them.’” Numbers 15:30-31
When the High Priest interrogated him, at first, Jesus was silent as a lamb before the shearers, (Isaiah 53:7) but then he answered with the unbelievable truth.
Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.
Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
“I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”
They all condemned him as worthy of death. Mark 14:60:64
The High Priest inadvertently sacrificed a fragrant offering to the Lord, the man the Lord chose to be holy, the Pascal Lamb, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Fear caused Peter to deny Christ as he followed him from a distance. Peter’s words didn’t reflect his relationship with Jesus, anymore than the testimony of false witnesses against the Messiah coincided with the truth.
…their statements did not agree. …I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” Mark 14:56, 71
Sometimes I allow myself to drift away from Christ. Separated from Jesus, my impulses rule the moment, just as they did with Peter.
You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Numbers 15:39
Two weeks ago in Spanish class, I used a word that caused my professor to tell me to “Comporta.” (Behave). In the midst of sin, I barely recognized myself as a person who professed to know Christ. I understand why Peter wept, but I do not lose heart, because I know Jesus’ sacrifice covers all my sins.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
“In the morning the LORD will show who belongs to him and who is holy, and he will have that person come near him. The man he chooses he will cause to come near him. Numbers 16:5
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23