Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 8, 2023

“For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus chapter 21.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“No man among the descendants of Aaron the priest who has a defect is to come near to offer the Lord’s offerings by fire;  since he has a defect, he shall not come near to offer the food of his God.  He may eat the food of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy, only he shall not go in to the veil or come near the altar because he has a defect, so that he will not profane My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.’”   Leviticus 21:21-23.


Likewise, there are so many verses that strictly command that offerings to God be “without defect”.  When I pull up such verses with the Bible Gateway App under the key phrase “without defect”, here are the results:  Leviticus 1:3, Leviticus 1:10, Leviticus 3:1, Leviticus 3:6, Leviticus 4:3, Leviticus 4:23, Leviticus 4:28, Leviticus 4:32, Leviticus 5:15, Leviticus 5:18, Leviticus 6:6, Leviticus 9:2, Leviticus 9:3, Leviticus 14:10, Leviticus 22:19, Leviticus 23:12, Leviticus 23:18, Numbers 6:14, Numbers 28:3, Numbers 28:9, Numbers 28:11, Numbers 28:19, Numbers 28:31, Numbers 29:2, Numbers 29:8, Numbers 29:13, Numbers 29:17, Numbers 29:20, Numbers 29:23, Numbers 29:26, Numbers 29:29, Numbers 29:32, and Numbers 29:36.

Today’s Scripture and all these many verses point to Christ and pound the table that He was without defect.  

Consider the following from the Heidelberg Catechism.

Q. 15. What sort of a mediator and deliverer then must we seek for?

A. For one who is very man, and perfectly righteous;  and yet more powerful than all creatures;  that is, one who is also very God.

Q. 16. Why must He be very man, and also perfectly righteous?

A. Because the justice of God requires that the same human nature which hath sinned should likewise make satisfaction for sin;  and one who is himself a sinner cannot satisfy for others.

Q. 17. Why must He in one person be also very God?

A.  That He might, by the power of His Godhead, sustain in His human nature the burden of God’s wrath; and might obtain for, and restore to us, righteousness and life.

Q. 18.  Who then is that Mediator, who is in one person both very God and a real righteous man?

A.  Our Lord Jesus Christ, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.

“For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;  who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.  For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever.”  Hebrews 7:26-28.


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