Day 149 - Lev. 1, Verses 1-9

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Let's review, so as to get the broad view of our steps from book to book. Old then New Testament and back again.
Genesis The beginnings, the origins, the seed in the garden.
Romans The foundation truth of Christianity. How God can receive sinners and yet remain holy and true. Exodus The going out. Redemption by the blood of a lamb. Deliverance by the water of the Red Sea from the power of Egypt.
Acts The going out. The believers were separated by the blood of Christ from the world. The power of Satan against us has been destroyed (unless the Lord allows it.)
Leviticus In the wilderness, God told Moses to build Him a Tabernacle where God could be worshipped. He gives instruction about sacrifices, offerings, feasts and in general, the worship of God by the priests. Worship of God is the first purpose of our being saved. The first eight chapters tell us of different sacrifices of animals. Each offering is an individual picture of the work of Christ on the cross, (except the meal offering).
Chapter 1 The burnt offering. It is a picture of the cross of Christ, as seen by God. It is not of Christ dying for our sins. He gave Himself completely to God as a sacrifice John 13:31-3231Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. (John 13:31‑32). This animal was completely burnt (except the skin 7:3). It is called a "sweet-smelling savor offering". The death of Christ for God was the delight of God the Father Phil. 2:910.
V. 3, 10, 14 Three different kinds of animals or birds could be offered, depending on the wealth of the person who wanted to bring the offering. He wasn't forced to bring it. In Old Testament days amongst the Israelites, the more faithful a man was, the more wealthy he became. (The more faithful and obedient a believer is to God's Word, the more he understands it. We cannot understand the scriptures by our intelligence 1 Cor. 1:2121For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1 Corinthians 1:21). Only through the conscience and the heart). Rom. 10:1010For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10), 2 Cor. 4:66For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6).
V. 1 Nothing was left for the priest to decide. It was a case of obeying. Every believer today is a priest Peter 2:5. So this book is instruction, physically for them, spiritually for us. May we desire to learn the meanings.
V. 3-9 The first section tells us of a person who brought a large animal for a burnt offering. An illustration of a believer today who well understands that Christ came to die for God first and foremost. He realizes that God now finds all His delight in this Man... Jesus. He may be an older believer who has grown into this knowledge. This is one view of Christ's death. Really, it is God's view. Not as the sin-bearer here, but dying for the glory of God. There are rich rewards for you if you come to realize what the burnt offering means.
V. 4 God accepts this offering and transfers His acceptance from the animal to the person who offers it. What it means to us is Christ has been accepted as the Man into heaven. We are accepted in Him Eph. 1:66To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6).