Leviticus 1

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The Burnt Offering

Leviticus 1

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Lesson Number 1

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The burnt offering was a voluntary sacrifice, totally consumed on the altar.
  2. The burnt offering is a spiritual picture of the sacrifice of Christ – a life of total commitment.

Practical Application

  1. Present your life as a burnt offering to the Lord!


  1. List several topics addressed in the book of Leviticus.
  2. Why did God include Leviticus in His Word?
  3. Where does the book of Leviticus fit into the nation of Israel’s history?
  4. When was the burnt offering required? When was it voluntary?
  5. Which animals could be offered as a burnt offering?


  1. Leviticus contains details of the offerings and feasts, clean and unclean foods, amongst many other laws.
  2. God is a God of details concerning worship. God is holy and serious about sin. All the details of Leviticus lay the foundation and look forward to the coming of Christ.
  3. In the last chapter of Exodus the Tabernacle was set up at Mount Sinai and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. Now here in Leviticus 1 the Lord speaks to Moses from His tent of meeting and gives instructions about the various offerings and the way of worship for Israel.
  4. The burnt offering was a required sacrifice for the nation. It was to be offered every morning and every evening as a continual burnt offering. In addition the burnt offering was required by the nation on every Sabbath day, the first of the month, and on Feast days. For the individual worshipper, the burnt offering was a voluntary offering.
  5. A bull, male sheep or goat, or even inexpensive birds, such as turtledoves


  1. The burnt offering was totally consumed on the altar. This symbolized the worshipper’s complete and total dedication to God. Read through the details of this offering and point out other symbolic parts.
  2. Romans 12:1 encourages believers to present your life by an act of your will to the Lord as a sacrifice. Discuss why this is not salvation. Discuss this voluntary act of commitment to the Lord. Have you done this?


  1. Don’t get bogged down or skip the study of Leviticus! Ask God what He wants you to learn through this book, which He included for our learning (see Romans 15:4).

Key Verses

  • “Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.” Leviticus 1:4
  • “It is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.” Leviticus 1:17
  • “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

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