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The Calf

The Calf

Devotional#5: 16 January 2017
“...a symbol of the Blood of the Lamb?!"

Most folks probably don’t associate a newborn calf with God’s Word.  It certainly isn't used as a frequent reference in very many Sunday School lessons.  

Many faithful Sunday School attendees might recall drawing skinny cows and fat cows to help remember Joseph's interpretation of Pharoah's feast or famine dream.  Others might be aware of the many symbolic Levitical sacrifices that require blemish free cows.  Some may even recall the prodigal son’s return to his father and the older son bemoaning the father's joyful roasted-beef celebration (the fatted-calf was even more sad I'm sure)!

A slightly lesser known addition to the Biblical calf epics took place shortly after Moses received God’s Handwritten ( Ex 31:18 ) Law on Mt Sinai.   

“For when every commandment of the Law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, ‘This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded you.’”  

To most Christians the comparison of Calf’s blood to the Covenant of God in this seldom referenced passage is probably not very surprising.  After all, as all partakers of the Communion Cup are aware, hours before Christ was to render Himself the ultimate sacrifice for sin “once and for all” (Heb 9:26), He gave us yet another way for us to remember His payment of Blood for us.

 “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” 

​You see, as you may have concluded by now, the blood of the Calf and the Communion Cup both hold a fluid that represents the redemptive blood of our Savior through whose grace the believing Sinner is justified. 

 ​A Propitiation by His Blood

This Savior, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith [was meant to] show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.”

           - Romans 3:24-26

So… the next time you see a Calf (or have a hamburger) be reminded that they have been a symbol of the Precious Blood of Christ for several thousand years.  Remind them that the real Blood paid the Ransom for anyone who believes in Him and has been sealed by His Spirit.  Just as the father sacrificed the fatted-calf to make possible the celebration of reunion with the repentant prodigal son, our Father in Heaven sacrificed His own Son to make possible the wedding feast of the Redeemed! 

Be Blessed,

The Humble Ant

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