Lesson primary on God’s holiness and the folks’s sinfulness was delivered within the type of directions for providing sacrifices on the tabernacle. Now, immediately once we say that one thing was “a real sacrifice,” not often will we imply that blood was shed. For us, sacrifice means giving one thing up or taking one thing on that prices us a little bit cash or consolation or comfort. Sacrifice within the Bible, nevertheless, is the bloody actuality of a bellowing animal being butchered on an altar. Think about the sensory overload of this expertise—the violent resistance of the animal, the spurting of blood, the texture of pulling the animal aside, the odor of its burning flesh and bones. Think about the emotional and non secular influence of providing this sacrifice, understanding that it was your sin that made this dying needed. And picture the frustration in understanding that you simply’ll be again tomorrow or subsequent week as a result of you’ll sin once more.
In Leviticus chapters 1–7 we discover detailed directions for providing sacrifices—5 common choices that may invade the entire Israelites’ senses, informing their minds and interesting their hearts in regard to the seriousness of sin in addition to the chance and provision of a substitute. Why ought to we research these particulars of the varied sacrifices in Leviticus, since we’re now not required to supply sacrifices? We must always achieve this as a result of they assist us to grasp how the work of Christ saves folks like us from our sin. Every of the sacrifices factors to a special side of Christ’s sacrifice of himself.
By providing these sacrifices in religion, the folks of the Outdated Testomony demonstrated their religion in Christ, the superior, once-for-all sacrifice, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
The burnt providing was crucial sacrifice at most Israelite festivals and was provided as soon as each morning and as soon as each night. Bringing the burnt providing was a really private expertise, supposed most definitely to make an impression on the Israelite providing his sacrifice:
He shall lay his hand on the top of the burnt providing, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. Then he shall kill the bull earlier than the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the monks shall convey the blood and throw the blood towards the perimeters of the altar that’s on the entrance of the tent of assembly. (Lev. 1:4–5)
To make atonement for his sin and to realize God’s acceptance, the offerer recognized himself with the animal by laying his hand on the animal’s head. When the animal died, it died for the offerer’s sins. Neither the offerer nor the priest ate any of the meat; it was all burned within the fireplace. This was sacrifice in its purest type—a invaluable animal given up wholly to God.
Together with the burnt providing, provided twice every day, was the grain providing of high quality flour, oil, frankincense, and salt, which expressed gratitude to God and served as a method of asking the Lord to recollect the offerer with favor (Leviticus 2).
Fellowship or Peace Providing
The fellowship or peace providing was greater than a sacrifice; it was a festive meal. A bull, a sheep, or a goat was shared by the Lord, the monks, and the one who provided it (Leviticus 3). Actually, the worshiper was allowed to convey household and mates alongside to spend a few days having fun with the meat within the presence of God on the tabernacle. The act of the providing reminded the worshiper that the one method he had been capable of come again into the fullness and pleasure of fellowship and communion with God was by means of the blood of an ideal substitutionary sacrifice. Sin pollutes and corrupts. The sin providing was provided to cleanse away the filth of sin. On this providing, one thing uncommon was executed with the blood:
The priest shall dip his finger within the blood and sprinkle a part of the blood seven instances earlier than the Lord in entrance of the veil of the sanctuary. And the priest shall put a number of the blood on the horns of the altar of aromatic incense earlier than the Lord that’s within the tent of assembly, and all the remainder of the blood of the bull he shall pour out on the base of the altar of burnt providing that’s on the entrance of the tent of assembly. (Lev. 4:6–7)
Through the use of the blood of the animal on this method, God was demonstrating in dramatic trend that it was the blood that atoned for Israel’s sin. The blood cleansed the tabernacle, the monks, the folks, and the land from the defilement attributable to the sin of the folks. There was blood on the veil, blood on the horns of the altar, and blood poured out. In every single place the sinner regarded was an unavoidable assertion in regards to the pervasive nature of sin and wish for atonement.
The guilt providing requested for one thing past sacrifice; it required restitution. The responsible individual needed to confess his sin publicly, supply the blood sacrifice, and likewise make full restitution of what was defrauded, including an extra twenty %. Somewhat than an inexpensive or straightforward repentance, this dearly price the one that sinned.
Not one of the animals provided in these sacrifices might, in themselves, take away an individual’s sin or actually pay the debt for sin. However by providing these sacrifices in religion, the folks of the Outdated Testomony demonstrated their religion in Christ, the superior, once-for-all sacrifice, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Precept of Substitution
The sacrificial provisions in Leviticus taught the Israelites that God will be approached with the blood of a worthy substitute. And whereas all of those sacrifices would possibly seem to be an insufferable burden to us, wouldn’t you be relieved, as an Israelite, to know that, as a substitute of paying the penalty for sin your self, God would settle for a substitute in your home?
Sure, there was definitely a value to those sacrifices. Think about the expense of taking the most effective animal in your herd right down to the temple in Jerusalem simply to be wiped out. That was the animal that will have produced the most effective offspring, and it wasn’t straightforward to surrender. Think about the time burden, particularly in the event you didn’t dwell in Jerusalem. You would need to journey and discover a place to remain. Think about the emotional or non secular burden as you made this trek, understanding that you would need to determine and confess your sin to the priest in providing your sacrifice. But in addition think about the burden rolling away. If you slit that animal’s throat and watched it burn, and the priest declared your sin forgiven, think about the sense of reduction you felt. You’ll suppose, It ought to be me. I’m the one who deserves to die. However this harmless animal has turn into my substitute. This animal has died so I can dwell. This was excellent news.
This text is customized from The Lamb of God: Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy by Nancy Guthrie.
- Podcast: The right way to Learn the Outdated Testomony in a Christ-Centered Means (Bryan Chapell)
- The Gospel in Leviticus (Jay Sklar)
- How Outdated Testomony Kings Bear Witness about Jesus (John Woodhouse)