Dec 13, 2018
The idea of substitutionary atonement is not new. Jesus Christ dying on the cross in the place of sinful mankind was not a novel idea that God came up with at the last minute. All throughout the book of Numbers, we see God allowing animals to stand in as substitutes for sinful men and women, sacrificing their lives so that atonement can be offered. And in Numbers 8, God continues to stress the role of the Levites who, as a tribe, were designated by God to be His substitutes, taking the place of the firstborns of Israel, each of whom had been claimed by God because of His sparing of them on the night of the first Passover, all those years ago in Egypt. They would be a foreshadowing of a greater substitute to come: Jesus Christ, who would offer His life as an atonement for many. He died so that men might live. He paid the penalty owed for mankind’s sin with His own life. The innocent died for the guilty. The sinless for the sinful.