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November 19, 2018

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Leviticus 1 (ESV)

The Lord called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying,“Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock.

“If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance 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, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. Then he shall kill the bull before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and throw the blood against the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. Then he shall flay the burnt offering and cut it into pieces, and the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire.And Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head, and the fat, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; but its entrails and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall burn all of it on the altar, as a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

10 “If his gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from the sheep or goats, he shall bring a male without blemish, 11 and he shall kill it on the north side of the altar before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall throw its blood against the sides of the altar. 12 And he shall cut it into pieces, with its head and its fat, and the priest shall arrange them on the wood that is on the fire on the altar, 13 but the entrails and the legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall offer all of it and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

14 “If his offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves or pigeons. 15 And the priest shall bring it to the altar and wring off its head and burn it on the altar. Its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar. 16 He shall remove its crop with its contents and cast it beside the altar on the east side, in the place for ashes. 17 He shall tear it open by its wings, but shall not sever it completely. And the priest shall burn it on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire. It is a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

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  1. Burnt Offerings

    Sacrifice is at the heart of Israel's worship. The first seven chapters of Leviticus explain the different kinds of sacrifices that were to be offered to the Lord by the people of God. 

    In this first chapter, burnt offerings are mentioned eight times. The Hebrew word for burnt offering means to “ascend,“ or to literally to “go up in smoke.” These offerings had to be done every day – to atone for sin. These offerings were a foreshadowing of Christ's sacrifice and as such, we no longer offer animal sacrifices to God today.

    Hebrews 10:5-14 says, "Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,

    'Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
        but a body have you prepared for me;
    6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings
        you have taken no pleasure.
    7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
        as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’

    8 When he said above, 'You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings' (these are offered according to the law), 9 then he added, 'Behold, I have come to do your will.' He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

    11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified."

    Do burnt offerings have any significance for Christians today?

    One of the best commentaries on any book of the Bible is Gordon J. Wenham's commentary on Leviticus. (I will be references his work often as we read through Leviticus together). 

    On the subject of burn offerings he writes, "With the death of Christ the only sufficient “burnt offering” was offered once and for all, and therefore the animal sacrifices which foreshadowed Christ’s sacrifice were made obsolete. Christians therefore have no need to offer burnt offerings for the atonement of their sins. The shedding of Christ’s blood was the payment of the perfect ransom price. He has borne the Father’s wrath for us, just as the bulls and lambs in the OT did, so that sinful men can, despite their sin, enjoy the presence of God and have their prayers answered.

    "The laws in Leviticus remind us then of Christ’s death and what he has done for us. They also remind us of the serious consequences of sin and its pervasiveness. Sin can only be atoned for by death. The worshipper might well feel very much deprived when he had paid for a choice lamb to be sacrificed. But it reminded him that the animal was a ransom, a substitute payment instead of his own life. “For the wages of sin is death.” God in his mercy provided a cheap alternative in OT times—a lamb. In NT times a free pardon is available. “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

    "The burnt offering had to be offered daily to atone for sins. The Christian too is aware of the need for daily forgiveness. As the worshipper had to confess his sins and declare his intention to walk in God’s ways when he presented his animal, so must the Christian. In the words of 1 John 1:7–9, “If we walk in the light … we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.… If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The burnt offering was the first offering of the day in normal worship. This reminds us that forgiveness of sins is the prerequisite of true worship. Only those whose sins are forgiven can enjoy God’s fellowship and praise him from their hearts.

    "The pattern of OT sacrifices may thus provide a pattern of truly Christian worship. Worship should begin with confession of sins, a claiming of Christ’s forgiveness, and a total rededication to God’s service, before going on to praise and petition."

    Wenham, G. J. (1979). The Book of Leviticus (pp. 65–66). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

    Even though our sins (past, present and future) are covered by the blood of Christ, if we are born again and have received new life in Christ through faith in Him for our salvation, believers should continue to confess our sins to God.

    1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

    Nowhere in Scripture are people called to "go to confession" and tell a priest the sins we've committed. Saying "Hail Marys" (also not in Scripture) do nothing in relation to our sins.

    Did you know that we're also supposed to confess our sins to one another? 

    James 5:16 says, "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working."

    When we confess our sins to one another and pray for one another, it's very powerful because we're admitting our failures and faults to people who love us, will pray for us and will carry our burdens. 

    This is why were should never pray to Mary or other saints for any reason. More than this not being found in Scripture, Jesus Himself is our advocate and the Holy Spirit is our intercessor (not Mary or saints).

    1 John 2:1 "My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."

    Romans 8:26-27 "Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

    Even though Leviticus is one of the least read (and enjoyed) books in the Bible, I'm looking forward to commenting daily while reading a chapter each day.

  2. Imagine if the only way to atone for our sins was to put one of our animals to death. Wouldn’t we take sin much more seriously? Why then don’t we take sin as seriously as God does? So seriously, He put His own Son to death to atone for our sins! 

    I want to try tonight to really wrap my head around the great cost of my sin to Jesus. 

    When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

    When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.

    Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
    Save in the death of Christ my God!
    All the vain things that charm me most,
    I sacrifice them to His blood.

    See from His head, His hands, His feet,
    Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
    Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
    Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

    Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    That were a present far too small;
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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