June 3, 2019

THE BURNT OFFERING
Now the Lord called to Moses, and spoke to him from the tabernacle of meeting, saying,  “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When any one of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of the livestock—of the herd and of the flock. ‘If his offering is a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it of his own free will at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the Lord.  Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.  He shall kill the bull before the Lord; and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood and sprinkle the blood all around on the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of meeting.  And he shall skin the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces.  The sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar, and lay the wood in order on the fire.  Then the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat in order on the wood that is on the fire upon the altar; but he shall wash its entrails and its legs with water. And the priest shall burn all on the altar as a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord. (Leviticus 1:1-9).

We are now in Leviticus where the offerings to God are detailed according to the order in which God desired them. The first of these offerings is burnt offering and the animal for this offering must be a male without blemish because the person offering it is transferring his sins unto the animal when he lays his hand on it. God is also accepting it on their behalf. Thank God for this temporary measure  This is what our Lord Jesus Christ came to do once for all. He was the perfect Lamb that was slain for the remission of our sins. Isaiah 53:5-6 says this about Him “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

Reading through Leviticus 1 to start with and seeing all they have to do to remove their sins temporarily, we have to appreciate our God for sending His begotten Son to take away the sins of the world in this wonderful way. Looking at the order of service as written above, the priests, Aaron’s sons would bring the blood of the animal, sprinkle the blood all around the altar, skin the animal. and cut it into pieces, fire the wood, lay the wood in order on the fire, then lay the head and the fat in order on the wood, wash the entrails and its legs in water, and the priests shall burn all on the altar as a burnt sacrifice. This is done for every individual and all the time the sacrifice was required. If we have to consider all that it takes to offer an offering to the Lord, we can say generally that it is not an easy task. Yet the children of Israel still engaged in sin that brought them before the Lord to offer this sacrifice all the time. It is the love of God that removed this daily tedious offering of the blood of the animal that really did not do the work but was accepted by  the Lord. Therefore we give our God all the glory and adoration for accepting all those offerings at that time and got rid of the laborious task once and for all by offering Himself for us.

The work of the cross  cannot be lightly esteemed. We  should be thanking God for making this a better way of reconciling us to Himself. Therefore those who are yet to give their life to Christ  should consider it a blessing that God is still waiting for them. Please if you are one of them, please make up your mind today to give your life to Christ so that the blood that he shed on the cross of Calvary can be used for the atonement of  your sins. Let us continue to pray for the unbelievers for the Hand of the Lord to be upon them so that they too can see the need to run to Jesus for cleansing. May the Lord perfect His work in our lives in Jesus name, Amen. Remain blessed.!

 

 

 

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