Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
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- Believers are called to be priests.
- 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
- How then, should believers conduct themselves?
- How does the sacrifice foretell the revelation of Jesus, God’s Son, being the “Lamb of God” as John the baptizer proclaimed.
- John 1:29 – The Lamb of God – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Laws About the Burnt Offering, the Grain Offering, and the Sin Offering
Leviticus 6:1 And the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) spoke to Moses, saying:
Leviticus 6:2 “If a person sins and commits a trespass against the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) by lying to his neighbor about what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or about a pledge, or about a robbery, or if he has extorted from his neighbor,
Leviticus 6:3 or if he has found what was lost and lies concerning it, and swears falsely—in any one of these things that a man may do in which he sins:
Leviticus 6:4 then it shall be, because he has sinned and is guilty, that he shall restore what he has stolen, or the thing which he has extorted, or what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or the lost thing which he found,
Leviticus 6:5 or all that about which he has sworn falsely. He shall restore its full value, add one-fifth (1/5th) more to it, and give it to whomever it belongs, on the day of his trespass offering.
- 1-1/5th is the price for restoration
Leviticus 6:6 And he shall bring his trespass offering to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), a ram without blemish from the flock, with your valuation, as a trespass offering, to the priest.
Leviticus 6:7 So the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), and he shall be forgiven for any one of these things that he may have done in which he trespasses.”
- The atonement did not stop the consequences. Rather, it was the consequences that brings one to the realization for his need for atonement.
The Law of the Burnt Offering
Leviticus 6:8 Then the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) spoke to Moses, saying,
Leviticus 6:9 “Command Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the law of the burnt offering: The burnt offering shall be on the hearth upon the altar all night until morning, and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it.
Leviticus 6:10 And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen trousers he shall put on his body, and take up the ashes of the burnt offering which the fire has consumed on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar.
Leviticus 6:11 Then he shall take off his garments, put on other garments, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place.
- Jesus was taken outside the city when He was crucified.
Leviticus 6:12 And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings.
Leviticus 6:13 A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.
- Fire is the eternal judgment on sin.
- Revelation 20:10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
The Law of the Grain Offering
Leviticus 6:14 ‘This is the law of the grain offering: The sons of Aaron shall offer it on the altar before the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).
- Since seeds are symbolic of creating a harvest and Jesus is the High Priest of believers, the law of the grain offering could be taken as being prophetic of the seed that falls into the ground to produce a harvest.
- John 12:24
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
- John 12:24
Leviticus 6:15 He shall take from it his handful of the fine flour of the grain offering, with its oil, and all the frankincense which is on the grain offering, and shall burn it on the altar for a sweet aroma, as a memorial to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).
Leviticus 6:16 And the remainder of it Aaron and his sons shall eat; with unleavened bread it shall be eaten in a holy place; in the court of the tabernacle of meeting they shall eat it.
Leviticus 6:17 It shall not be baked with leaven. I have given it as their portion of My offerings made by fire; it is most holy, like the sin offering and the trespass offering.
Leviticus 6:18 All the males among the children of Aaron (priestly) may eat it. It shall be a statute forever in your generations concerning the offerings made by fire to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ). Everyone who touches them must be holy.’
- How do people react to believers? Whoever ‘touches’ them must be holy because believers serve as priests to God.
- To be holy is to be set apart to serve God. Therefore, whoever touches a believer must be a believer.
- These are metaphoric sentences. To ‘touch’ them means priests (believers) should be treated with honor.
Leviticus 6:19 And the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) spoke to Moses, saying,
Leviticus 6:20 “This is the offering of Aaron and his sons, which they shall offer to the Lord, beginning on the day when he is anointed: one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour as a daily grain offering, half of it in the morning and half of it at night.
- Symbolically, one half and one half is a whole and two halves make one whole.
Leviticus 6:21 It shall be made in a pan with oil. When it is mixed, you shall bring it in. The baked pieces of the grain offering you shall offer for a sweet aroma to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).
Leviticus 6:22 The priest from among his sons, who is anointed in his place, shall offer it. It is a statute forever to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ). It shall be wholly burned.
Leviticus 6:23 For every grain offering for the priest shall be wholly burned. It shall not be eaten.”
The Law of the Sin Offering
Leviticus 6:24 Also the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) spoke to Moses, saying,
Leviticus 6:25 “Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed, the sin offering shall be killed before the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ). It is most holy.
- A sin offering is a sacrificial offering described and commanded in the Torah; it could be fine flour or a proper animal.
- John the baptizer called out “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. Jesus is the “Most Holy”.
Jesus is the High Priest who killed the sacrifice. Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb. He did it all. He sacrificed Himself and He raised Himself from the dead: Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple (My body), and in three days I will raise it up. John 2:19
Leviticus 6:26 The priest who offers it for sin shall eat it. In a holy place it shall be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of meeting.
- Priests had to eat the sin offering (ingest it). Believers also are instructed to reach out and ingest Jesus and His Word.
- John 6:58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.
- John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
- John 6:53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.
- John 6:56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
- Luke 22:19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
Leviticus 6:27 Everyone who touches its flesh must be holy. And when its blood is sprinkled on any garment, you shall wash that on which it was sprinkled, in a holy place.
- The blood of the lamb is holy.
Leviticus 6:28 But the earthen vessel (pottery) in which it is boiled shall be broken. And if it is boiled in a bronze pot, it shall be both scoured and rinsed in water.
- Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.
- Pottery is symbolic of men throughout scripture.