Talks for Growing Christians
Details about the Five Old Testament Offerings
Lesson Number 6
- The further details of the five Old Testament Levitical Offerings add to the overall picture of the sacrifice of Christ.
The Burnt Offering
The Grain Offering
The Sin Offering
The Trespass Offering
The Peace Offering
- Don’t forget the wave offering.
- Why are these further details about the offerings included here?
- Recall the significant feature of the Burnt Offering.
- Why was it significant that the Burnt Offering and the fire on the altar were continual?
- What did the Grain Offering primarily picture about Christ?
- What spiritual lesson can we draw from the special regulations of the Sin Offering?
- Why might the Peace Offering have been mentioned last in this review of the Levitical Offerings?
- These extra details are primarily to give instruction to the priests as to their duties in reference to the offerings. In the previous instructions it was the people who were addressed.
- The Burnt Offering was totally consumed on the altar – a spiritual picture of Christ offering Himself in total commitment to the Father, even to death.
- The continual Burnt Offering and continual fire on the altar reminded the people that the way of access to God was always there. It pictures the sacrifice of Christ always before the Father assuring believers of our full acceptance before God.
- The Grain Offering pictures Christ and His life of sinless perfection.
- Any person or any garment that touched the Sin Offering or its blood had to be treated with special regulations, so that everything associated with the Sin offering remained undefiled. The spiritual lesson for today: Let us protect the holy things of God and not let them be profaned in any way.
- Our peace with God and fellow believers is the happy result of the sacrificial work of Christ pictured in all the offerings.
- Spiritual leaders today are responsible to lead God’s people in worship the right way according to the teaching of the Word of God. How could this principle be a safeguard to protect the church?
- The priests were to bring a Grain Offering for themselves every day along with the Burnt Offering. Discuss this great lesson for spiritual leaders today: In leading other in worship let us not fail to worship the Lord ourselves.
- The wave offering was a peace offering which got its name from the fact that it was waved back and forth and toward the altar, signifying that they gave to the Lord and He gave back to them. The Lord has given much to you. Don’t forget the wave 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 6:8
- “And the remainder of it [the grain offering] 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 6:16