Saturday, 2 April 2016

Leviticus 1-5

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

1:9 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.

Worship involved sacrifice. The whole animal as burnt on the altar. In this culture meat was a luxury so to burn a whole animal was costly. What does my worship cost me?

Susan said...

2:2 The priest shall take a handful of the flour and oil, together with all the incense, and burn this as a memorial portion on the altar, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.

(From Constable's Commentary) "By offering this sacrifice the offerer was saying that he viewed all the work that he did was an offering to the Lord. The meal offering appears to have been acceptable only when offered with the burnt offering. This indicated that one's work were acceptable to God only when they accompanied the offerer's consecration of himself to God."

No point offering our work if we don't offer ourselves.

Susan said...

3:1 If your offering is a fellowship offering, and you offer an animal from the herd, whether male or female, you are to present before the LORD an animal without defect.

I fellowship with God on the basis of his sacrifice for me.

Susan said...

4:2 Say to the Israelites: ‘When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands'

The purpose of this offering was to cover sins committed unintentionally and thus it was more of a guilt offering. God does not want us to feel guilty and in the OT we see the lengths people go to so this was possible. This foreshadowed Jesus sacrifice. Now we can live completely guilt free.

Susan said...

5:7 Anyone who cannot afford a lamb is to bring two doves or two young pigeons to the LORD as a penalty for their sin—one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.

The various offerings are called different things:
Burnt offering also Whole burnt-offering for dedication of self
Food offering also Grain offering for dedication of work
Fellowship offering also Peace offering for celebration of peace with God
Sin/Guilt offering also Absolution/Compensation offering for unintentional sin/guilt
Ordination offering for consecration

Jesus' sacrificial death covers all these things and now we are able to be in relationship with God and commit ourselves to Him.