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    A Lamb Slain

    With some trepidation I am providing a link here to a shocking video. It portrays the actual slaying of a lamb. Todd Bolem also linked to it and wrote: "This is as graphic as it gets. More and more people today don't realize that meat doesn't originate at a grocery store. They have little concept of an animal being raised and then slaughtered. Furthermore, almost no one in the Western world has ever sacrificed an animal for religious purposes. I think, however, that is precisely why this *graphic* video should be shown. We read about sacrifice in the Bible but we don't really understand what that means. We read passages that talk about the "life being in the blood," but those are just words that we don't really consider. We "know" that the wages of sin are high, but we don't get the life lesson that the ancient Israelites received every year. The point of sacrifice was simply this: you deserve to die because of your sin. This animal is dying in your place. Watching the priest slice his throat and watching the blood drain out drove the point home much better than reading a chapter of Leviticus."

    I have to admit, I was shocked and deeply moved as I watched this video, but it is something everyone in Old Testament Israel would have been extremely familiar with. It brings home to us so clearly the weightiness of our sin and the worthiness of the Lamb who was slain for us. On this Good Friday, Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. As the link says, don't watch this video while eating, and if you're thinking about showing your children, watch it yourself first here. - JS

    Posted by John Samson on April 10, 2009 01:48 PM

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