An Easter Reflection
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
As we continue in the season of Easter, we are all well aware of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and the shedding of His blood to cover our sins. He fulfilled the Old Testament, sacrificial system. The writer of Hebrews tells us it was a “once for all sacrifice.” It didn't used to be that way.
Have you ever wondered why in the Old Testament the kidneys and the liver were burned on the sacrificial altar, the meat was taken to be eaten, and the rest of the animal was taken outside the camp and burned there?
Why burn the kidneys and liver on the altar but not the rest of the animal? There is a reason! The liver, (kabed in Hebrew), is the primary storage place of blood. Scripture tells us that “the life is in the blood.” The liver is also the heaviest organ in your body.
Glory, which means “weighty,” in Hebrew (kavod), is related to kabed. Hence, the liver is related to “glory,” God’s glory. The kidneys are the body filter, cleansing the waste products. The liver and the kidney were related to the “soul of the creature.” They were viewed by the Jews as the heart of the animal’s life. They represented the essence of the animal’s life and being. Since human blood was tainted with sin, the animal blood was a temporary “fill in.”
Jesus’ blood was both human and sinless and fulfilled God’s justice perfectly. We are a forgiven people!