One Goes Free

by Mark T. Hancock · 1 comment

The principle of salvation is interwoven recurrent throughout the Bible as God established, through His Word and through faithful men and women, the spiritual laws that would set us free.

There’s a beautiful picture of redemption in the Book of Leviticus, Chapter 14. It applies to the leper on his day of cleansing.

The priest is instructed to go outside the camp to seek the leper. What I find remarkable about this is that leper does nothing. In reality there is nothing the leper CAN do to improve his position.

Meanwhile, there are two birds prepared for sacrifice. One is killed in a vessel over running water (…out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. John 7:37-39), the other is dipped in the blood (without shedding of blood there is no remission. Hebrews 9:22) and released (And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile. 1 Corinthians 15:17).

Wood, scarlet and hyssop are used. We see these again at the cross.

In the release of the bird we see that one pays the price and the other goes free, signifying the sacrifice made by Christ and the release of the one covered by His blood. It also testifies to the Risen Christ in the life of the freed bird.

Our redemption is perfect and complete. Our freedom is confirmed by the Mediator of our new covenant (Hebrews 9:11-15). His life bought ours and ours buys others as we, the ransomed, become the ransom.

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Christina Lusk April 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Mmm… bon bons. And, if prepared properly, mmm…oxen. We quote that verse, I’d say at least twice a day. Perhaps it’s because we’re doing something great, or maybe it’s a nice way for us to assuage the guilt of a messy joint. I think it’s the first one – usually.

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