Scripture: from verse 12
Aharon’s sons brought him the blood, and he splashed it against all sides of the altar.
Observation: It always struck me as a pity that all that blood got splashed on the sides of the alter. (The splashing was repeated pretty frequently.) The alter was covered in brass, and I like to think it was a work of art as well as a tool of worship. At any rate, it would have been pretty and shiny if it wasn’t covered in half-dried blood all the time. But it was.
Of course, that parallels the state of life today quite nicely. I do lots of things that I think are worthwhile. Some of them have high monetary value, and some of them are creative and artistic, and some of them are flashy and shiny. But without God’s life infusing them, none of them will accomplish anything in the long run.
I need the blood of the Lamb on my life if I am to change the world. I need His covering to direct and focus and refine my efforts. And the things I do with God may not look as pretty at first, but they are so much more powerful.
When I am covered in the blood of the Lamb, I can bring life to what is dead. I can help God bring creation back into harmony.
No shiny brass toy can accomplish that.
Application: His plan and His blood come first. Seek first the kingdom of heaven, and all things will be given to you (Matthew 6:33). Follow what God has, not what is pretty.
Prayer: Father, thank you for covering me with your blood. Help me to build the life that you want me to live, not the one that makes sense to other humans. Help me to do your work. Amen.