A high school student in France has gained worldwide notoriety by converting nearly every Hebrew verse from the book of Genesis and Arabic letters from the 13th chapter of the Koran into DNA sequences. He then synthesized these sequences and injected them into his leg. Scientists and critics bellowed their objections warning of dire consequences that the DNA sequences may encode unknown and harmful new proteins. One graduate student wrote, “This kind of avant-garde attitude and disregard for ethics towards science terrifies me that humanity’s end will be at the hands of an idiot.” Fortunately, the side effects have been limited to a swollen leg, at the injection site.
When questioned why he embarked upon such a potentially dangerous self-experimentation, he replied, “Since it is possible to convert digital information into DNA, I wondered whether it would be possible to convert a religious text into DNA and to inject it in a living being. It is the first time that someone injects himself [with] macromolecules developed from a text. It is very symbolic even if it does not have much interest.”
This young man believed that the words of the Bible and other sacred books contained a hidden code, one that may be utilized in an unconventional setting to transcend conventional expectations and lead to a spiritually enlightening experience. Apparently, only he felt that way. It was indeed symbolic with little interest.
So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
Hebrews 9:11-12 (NLT)
When I read the Old Testament, particularly the Book of Leviticus, it is sometimes a daunting task to understand the significance of the many ritualistic sacrifices that formed the core of the Jewish faith. The blood of goats and calves, the priests, the Tabernacle-if I take these elements out of context and in isolation, I would remain hopelessly lost. It would be symbolic with very little interest on my part. Thanks be to God that He does not abandon me to my own limited mind. Through the guiding of His Holy Spirit, God has directed the entire history of the Jews and the human race. The entire Bible points to God’s plan of redemption through faith and belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for the redemption of our sins. We would not understand this unless we had the symbols of the Jewish faith and the religious system of sacrifice. The meaning is clear and of urgent relevance to everyone who has ever lived.
The blood of goats and calves, the priests, the Tabernacle. It is symbolic of eternal interest because of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.