FRI. OCT 7 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | LEVITICUS 1 – NICK FURLONI HOST

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Leviticus 1

The Burnt Offering

The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting. He said, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When anyone among you brings an offering to the Lord, bring as your offering an animal from either the herd or the flock.

“‘If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect. You must present it at the entrance to the tent of meeting so that it will be acceptable to the Lord. You are to lay your hand on the headof the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on your behalf to make atonement for you. You are to slaughter the young bull before the Lord, and then Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and splash it against the sides of the altar at the entrance to the tent of meeting. You are to skinthe burnt offering and cut it into pieces. The sons of Aaron the priest are to put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. Then Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, including the head and the fat, on the woodthat is burning on the altar. You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water, and the priest is to burn all of it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.

10 “‘If the offering is a burnt offering from the flock, from either the sheep or the goats, you are to offer a male without defect. 11 You are to slaughter it at the north side of the altar before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall splash its blood against the sides of the altar. 12 You are to cut it into pieces, and the priest shall arrange them, including the head and the fat, on the wood that is burning on the altar. 13 You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water, and the priest is to bring all of them and burn them on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.

14 “‘If the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, you are to offer a dove or a young pigeon. 15 The priest shall bring it to the altar, wring off the head and burn it on the altar; its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar. 16 He is to remove the crop and the feathers[a] and throw them down east of the altar where the ashes are. 17 He shall tear it open by the wings, not dividing it completely, and then the priest shall burn it on the wood that is burning on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.

 

Devotional

Leviticus 1

 

This story picks up where Exodus left off. They are still camped at the foot of Mount Sinai and will remain here through Leviticus. The tabernacle is completed and God‘s presence is with the people of Israel. In the covenant between God and Israel there were three major parts.
1) The law – which they had to obey.
2) The sacrifice – provided for the breaking of the law (sin).
3) The choice – a blessing or a curse that would become Israel’s destiny throughout history.

Sacrifices were an important element of the Mosiac covenant. Why? It’s impossible to live up to the law. We are all sinners. Sacrifices were around in Genesis and Exodus so they were not unique to Israel. Back in Genesis we saw God make the very first animal sacrifice. God starts and finishes it all from the garden to the grave.

Before the tabernacle was built they didn’t have a place for sacrifices, now they do. Personal, voluntary offerings. Just like the instructions for the tabernacle God gave specific instructions for the sacrifices. God never skimps on the details. Today we look at the first one. Animal sacrifices. Animals were their livelihood for fabric, milk and its byproducts and meat. It was a sacrifice to bring one to God and he wanted the best ones. The male ones, the strong ones not the sick or dingy ones. It would be a burnt offering before the Lord to make them right with God. All this pointing to the perfect ultimate sacrifice and atonement of Jesus Christ. Jesus who was perfect and sinless. The blood was a big game changer offering atonement for sin. Incompleteness required the perfect sacrifice. Jesus Christ. The sacrifices taught the Israelites how to worship God through personal commitment and sincere dedication to God ans his laws. Deciding which of your animals to bring before God was a tough, hard sacrifice.

God wants and deserves our best. Malachi even rebuked them for not bringing their best offer to God. The person transferring the guilt to the sacrificial animal. Each individual, person responsible for this act of total surrender. Bringing your sacrifice, taking its life and offering it to be burnt before the Lord. Everything happens before the Lord, the biggest the blood sprinkled on the altar the rest given to the Lord. Difficult decisions to show their faith, to show our faith.

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