If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord. He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. Then he shall kill the bull before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and throw the blood against the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting.
Today I read Leviticus 1-3. It’s a little different reading this book than others in the Bible since so much of it is detailed procedures of how to make different sacrifices:. But it was the foundation of how Israel was to relate to a holy God so it is infinitely important.
Looking back on Leviticus under the shadow of the cross is really neat. Three things here I noticed that point ahead to Jesus:
- They were to offer a pure animal without blemish. Jesus is our pure, innocent sacrifice that was sinless and spotless
- This spotless animal made atonement over sin for the person offering it. Jesus makes atones for our sin once and for all!
- The priests are the ones making these sacrifices for the Israelites. Jesus is not only the sacrificial lamb for our sin, but becomes our High Priest and mediator before God!
I’m constantly looking for God’s Word to point me to Jesus and Leviticus does that all the time. Thank you God for sending your Son. Thank you Jesus for being obedient to the plan of the Father. Thank you Spirit for helping him to walk in humility and obedience as a man.