“If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: He shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.”
1. THE BURNT OFFERINGS
There are many instructions for sacrifice throughout the Pentateuch, but Leviticus chapters 1-7 is completely dedicated to the 5 Levitical offerings which were the main sacrifices used in the Jewish rituals. They describe 5 kinds of sacrifices: The Burnt Offering, the Meal Offering, the Peace Offering, the Sin Offering, and the Trespass Offering. We will look at each of these offerings for the next five days, in order that we may see the hidden Christ in the Old Testament scriptures. It is imperative to know that each of the five sacrifices were uniquely fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Therefore, there is no need of executing them today in their literal form, because in Christ Jesus, we’re performing and fulfilling them as often as they were required by the Levitical law.
The burnt offering was a sacrifice that was completely consumed(burnt). None of it was to be eaten at all, and therefore the fire consumed the whole sacrifice, saving nothing. It is also important to note that the fire on the altar was never to go out as commanded by Moses in Leviticus 6:13: “The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.” This is symbolic of our ever burning-longing, and ever-growing need for God. Our devotion for God was never to be quenched, never to grow cold, but must continually keep burning.
Under the Burnt Offerings, a common Israelite worshipper brought a male animal (a bull, lamb, goat, pigeon, or turtledove depending on the wealth of the worshipper) to the door of the tabernacle as seen from our theme scripture(Leviticus 1:3). The animal had to be without blemish(perfect). The worshipper then placed his hands upon the head of the animal and in awareness that this innocent animal was standing in for him, the sinner, he would seek the Lord for forgiveness and then kill the animal immediately. The priests would then sprinkle the blood of the animal all around on the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of meeting… and the priest would then burn all the offering on the altar as a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, for a sweet aroma to the LORD (Leviticus 1:4-9).
The priests were also responsible to wash various parts of the animal before putting it on the altar, symbolic of our purification by the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. Later In Israel’s history there were burnt offerings made twice per day, one at morning and one at evening (when the first star appeared as revealed in Numbers 28:3-4, “And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering. The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even;” The Burnt offering was purposely performed to atone for the people’s sins against the Lord and was a dedication offering of one’s life before the Lord continually. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is our burnt offering, atoned for our sins once and for all, that we shall continually be a pleasing sweet aroma before the Father. Hallelujah!
(Watch for part 2 on the Meal Offerings)
I Love You!
Father in the name of Jesus, thank You for Jesus Christ, my burnt offering, through whom I am an ever pleasing sweet smelling aroma before You. Amen.