The Burnt Offerings

Leviticus 1:3-9 If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer it, a male without defect; he shall offer it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord. He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf. He shall slay the young bull before the Lord; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall offer up the blood and sprinkle the blood around on the altar that is at the doorway of the tent of meeting. He shall then skin the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces. The sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. Then Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head and the suet over the wood which is on the fire that is on the altar. 

God’s plan is outlined in Leviticus 1:3-9.

v.3 A burnt offering was to come from a person’s own herd; a voluntary offering. The offering was based upon the ability of the person to give. Worshipper & Priest took part in presenting the offering. The animal offered was to be an unblemished male.

v.3 The offering was to be brought to the entrance of the tabernacle so that it might be accepted by the priest before the Lord.

v.4 The worshiper was to lay his hand on the head of the animal, symbolizing that the animal would die in his place covering his family’s sin.

v.5 The animal was to be killed before the Lord in the courtyard of the tabernacle.

v.5 The blood of the animal was to be splattered by the priest on all sides of the altar.

vv.6-9 After the priest killed the animal, the worshiper skinned it, cut it into pieces, and washed part of it. The priest arranged the sacrificial animal properly on the fire. The entire animal, except the hide A, was burned-the only sacrifice completely burned.

“Unto the Lord’ and “before the Lord” are found 7 times in Leviticus 1. This sacrifice was between the worshiper and the Lord and when the worshiper came with a heart of faith and repentance, his sin would be forgiven by God. D  This symbolized Peace with God.

All the activities associated with the burnt offering point to Jesus, God’s remedy for our sin. Jesus is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” B.  The old sacrificial system was a “shadow of the good things to come”  C . The one time sacrifice of Jesus was for all time:  ” 11 Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God,” D

The bloody nature of the millions of animal sacrifices is a jarring picture of the cost of redemption. This imagery helps our understanding of the seriousness of sin and the cost of the sacrifice of Jesus for the sin of every person who ever lives on earth?            

Notes: A- Leviticus 7:8 ; B- John 1:29; C- Hebrews 10:1; C- Hebrews 10:11-12; D- Psalm 50:9-14, 51:16-17, Micah 6:6-8, 1 Samuel 15:22

Henry Luke 11/7/2017

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