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Leviticus 14, Mark 8:1-21

One as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, together with the grain offering. In this way the priest will make atonement before the LORD on behalf of the one to be cleansed.” Leviticus 14:31

When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”

“Twelve,” they replied. “

And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”

They answered, “Seven.”

He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” Mark 8:19-21

My Guilt Offering

I pretended to be asleep, while my husband let our dog out at 3am. The next morning I noticed I hadn’t refilled the dog’s water bowl. Her thirst had been the urgent need which I caused. I felt terrible about my disregard for both my dog and my husband.

Satisfying the dog was easy, but how could I make it up to my husband? I texted my apology. He said he wasn’t angry, just really tired. I felt like I needed to do something to show him that I was truly repentant. My guilt offering consisted of a special meal when he came home from work that evening. I continued my atonement sacrifice by getting up and letting the dog out before she could deprive my spouse of sleep.

The Ultimate Guilt Offering

Jesus satisfied 4000 people with only seven loaves of bread. He seemed annoyed that the apostles didn’t understand the significance of the seven and twelve baskets of bread left over after his miraculous feeding of the multitudes.

I’m not sure I get that either. Here’s what I’ve some up with so far.

Under the old covenant, the high priest made atonement for our uncleanness with animal sacrifices and food offerings. The Torah – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy,  foreshadowed the Messiah in the symbolism of the temple furnishings and sacrifices. God’s divine number, seven meant fulfillment and completion while twelve was a symbol for God’s elective purpose. (bible.org) Jesus referred to himself as the true bread from heaven, the Bread of Life. Ultimately, Jesus fulfilled his Godly purpose by offering up his body as the bread of life to satisfy the sin debt of multitudes of thousands upon thousands.

What do you think Jesus wanted the apostles to understand?

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