Daily Bible Study


Bible Reading: Leviticus 1-4

As we start the book of Leviticus this morning our attention goes from the Tabernacle to the Sacrifices made in the Tabernacle. The whole purpose of the Tabernacle was to have a place to worship the only true and living God and that worship involved sacrifice. Two verses immediately come to mind, Leviticus 17:11 and Hebrews 9:22 . The Scripture tells us in Hebrews 9 that these were “a pattern of things.”

When man sinned he died Spiritually. The only way to escape (and Israel understood escape) death was to have a substitute die in your place. The sacrificial animals were man’s temporary substitute approved by God. (NOTE: temporary) God had promised a permanent substitute in time but until then they were to offer the temporary. But even then  the “temporary” had to be qualified! The substitute had to picture the Permanent; it had to be a perfect male of the first year, the very best that was in the herd. That alone was the picture of Christ; PERFECT! Anything less was unacceptable.

Now here’s the IMPORTANT question: Was the giver of the sacrifice atoned by the act or by the faith that produced the act? Since salvation is by grace through FAITH alone the answer would obviously be BY FAITH. It has always been and it will always be an act of God’s grace (we DO NOT deserve salvation) engaged by FAITH. Romans 4:3 , Galatians 3:6 , and James 2:23

The first sacrifice was the burnt offering. The sacrifice would be brought to the door of the tabernacle, for there was but one place of sacrifice acceptable to God (see Lev 17). The offerer would then place his hands on the head of the sacrifice, thus identifying himself with the beast, and as it were, transferring his sin and guilt to the innocent animal. The sacrifice would then be slain and its blood sprinkled “round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. ”

Leviticus 2:1

The next sacrifice was the “meat offering.” This is the meat of the grain ie. Fine flour. This represented a substitute that was “ground” as grain has to be ground to produce flour. Added to the “fine flour” was the oil (representing the Spirit) and frankincense (representing  prayer). It was then burnt on the alter as a “sweet savour unto the LORD:” There is an important warning given, this offering is to have NO leaven or honey but it must have salt! Salt has a purifying and preserving quality.

Chapter 3 deals with the Peace Offering bringing peace to the one with the faith to offer. Chapter 4 deals with the sin offering, picturing the removal of sin to the one who exercises by faith. One thing to note concerning the sin offering is that it is for sins “OF IGNORANCE.”

The pictures of sin being atoned for is a perfect picture of what our Savior Jesus Christ is for us; He is the offering that purges our sin and makes us acceptable to GOD. Once again I ask, DO YOU KNOW that you have been forgiven and that your sin is PAID for? It is eternally important to KNOW!

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