Leviticus 1: Burnt Offerings

March 10, 2024 ·

God instructs Moses on the proper conduct of burnt offerings. Any animal offering must be from the herd or flock, and must be a male without defect. The person offering must put their hand on the head of the animal for atonement.

A bull’s blood is to be sprinkled on the altar, the bull is to be cut into pieces and burnt on the altar, after being washed. The aroma is pleasing to God.

The same is to happen to a sheep or goat, but it is to be sacrificed on the north side of the altar.

If it’s a bird, it should be a pigeon or a dove. Its head is to be pulled off, and it’s to be burnt on the altar, and its blood drained out down the side of the altar. The bits are to be thrown with the ashes, and it is to be opened at the wings before being burnt. God will like the smell.

Key verse:
17. He shall tear it open by its wings, but shall not sever it completely. And the priest shall burn it on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire. It is a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

My thoughts:
Well, here we are in Leviticus, and we’re straight into the specifications for sacrifice. Leviticus is the book of laws and regulations for the priests. It is like their handbook, and therefore contains many detailed explanations of how to perform sacrifices and minister to people. As a modern Christian, it can be difficult to read because it goes into much detail which does not affect our modern Christian lives.

At its core, Leviticus is all about holiness; it provides detailed instructions on how to achieve a state pleasing to a holy God. In this context, holiness comes from performing sacraments and ceremonies precisely, and it’s only by doing it right that God will be pleased.

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