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 (Lev. 1:3).
There were five great Offerings in the Levitical Law: the Burnt Offering, the Meal Offering, the Trespass Offering, the Peace Offering, and the Sin Offering (Lev. Chpts. 1–7). God only accepted such Offerings as He Himself ordained. The worshipper, imperfect and sinful in himself, was accepted in the perfection of the Offering. The conscience under the old Levitical Law being a reflection of the Sacrifice remained imperfect because Levitical Sacrifices were imperfect. Christ’s Sacrifice being perfect gives a perfected conscience; therefore, a peace that nothing can destroy.
The Burnt Offering typified Christ offering Himself without spot to God. It was a voluntary Offering. So Christ delighted to do God’s Will. He laid down His Life of Himself. Therefore, it is that the victim was a male without blemish. This signified the spotless Perfection of Christ’s Manhood. The entire Sacrifice was burned on the Altar; that is, it was wholly for God. Such was the devotion of Christ’s Heart.
The skin of the Sacrifice was given to the Priests. Only the mere surface of Christ’s offering up of Himself to God can be apprehended by the Believer. The infinite depths of that great surrender are beyond human understanding.
The inwards of the Sacrifice were washed with water, so Christ’s Emotions, as well as His Ways and Words, when judged by the Word of God, were found to be sinless. With respect to Him, all within and without had no blemish. Therefore, Faith in Him Alone and what He did for us at the Cross brings about acceptance by God.
Mind the Do Nots
Read Leviticus 16:1 through 18:30
Increasingly, the world pushes against the Church in an attempt to silence the Christian voice. Accusations of intolerance and irrelevance abound, but a life lived well before God is hard to refute. Love in action speaks louder than words. The Church must resist the corrupting influences of the world and work to strengthen the weak hearts of the would-be faithful.
“Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 18:30).
In the midst of world turmoil, it is important to stay true to God and His Word. The display of true Christian love and biblical values is a stark contrast to the customs and beliefs that oppose God. He expects His children to act in a manner that honors His character. When we honor Him, we are a light to a lost world.
Thought for Today: Resistance overcomes weakness, while compromise corrupts strength.
Quicklook: Leviticus 18:24–30
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