Lent Devotion for March 10
"Suffering Outside the Camp"
Reader: “This world is not our permanent home.”
Response: “We are looking forward to a home yet to come.”
SCRIPTURE: Leviticus 16:27
“The bull and the goat presented as sin offerings, whose blood Aaron takes into the Most Holy Place for the purification ceremony, will be carried outside the camp.”
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 13:10-14
10 We have an altar from which the priests in the Tabernacle have no right to eat. 11 Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp. 12 So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. 13 So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore. 14 For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.
Reader: “This is the truthful word of the Lord.”
Response: “Thanks be to God.”
The sin offering was one of the several kinds of offerings and actually, there were two kinds of sin offerings. The Hebrews passage is referring to the sin offering on behalf of the High Priest. That was the most costly offering as an expensive bull was offered as the sacrifice. The secondary sin offering was for the lay and common people. The priests could eat that offering which was a sheep or a goat. However, the sin offering for the High Priest was never consumed but rather burned outside the camp. In the same way Jesus, who was the final, ultimate sin offering, likewise died outside the city gates on Golgotha. The burning of the sin offering represented the total commitment and offering of the entire self in worship. There is a powerful challenge to all of us in verse thirteen. We are to go outside the camp and bear the disgrace Jesus bore. In other words, as a result of our faith and life shaped by Christ, we are to reject the values and culture of this world and live with the ridicule, rejection, and condemnation that comes from the world in which we live. This world is truly not our permanent home. We are only here for a few years, be it three or ninety-three.
MUSIC: “I’ll Fly Away” by Alabama
Teach us, Lord, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for any reward save that of knowing that we do your will. Amen.
–Ignatius Loyola, 1491–1556