Leviticus
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  Lev 1:1 And the LORD called unto Moses, and spoke unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,

I wonder sometimes if the Lord spoke to Moses in an audible voice or spoke to him by His spirit which is the main way He speaks to us today. To those who have received the Holy Spirit, God usually speaks that way now although we can't limit God. He still uses dreams, visions and who knows but what He can still use an audible voice.  However He speaks, how awesome it is to think about.  Before continuing though I will remind us that He uses the written word to speak to us today also. In fact that is how we first learn that God exists.

In the Old Testament, God speaks to certain ordained or chosen individuals but since the wonderful coming of Jesus Christ He speaks to us by way of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus returned to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within those that have received Him and turned away from sin.

Now any individual who desires to partake of the the Living water provided by God through faith in Jesus Christ, can freely receive. Before it was only prophets or certain chosen vessels to whom the Holy Spirit was poured out.

It is an exciting day to live in when we can have access to God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit indwelling within us.

Lev 1:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock.
Lev 1:3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.


Notice the word voluntary. Offerings to the Lord were to be voluntary. The freewill is involved here. True worship is done freely and at our will. God is pleased by that which comes from the depth of our heart and soul.

This reminds us also of Jesus Christ who offered Himself up of His own free will as an offering so that all who believe might obtain eternal life. Jesus could have backed down at any time but freely He gave His life for our sins.

Old Testament sacrifices and offerings were a shadow of all that was to come. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. This pointed toward the final offering for sin that was given when Jesus died on the cross.

Not only did He die a terrible suffering death full of pain and anguish. He had to allow our filthy sins to come upon Him and pay the penalty for committing those sins that He didn't commit. The just and perfect one suffered in the place of the unjust guilty ones.

To allow what He did to benefit us, all we have to do is believe in this sacrifice. When we recognize that we are sinners in need of forgiveness and cleansing, then we believe that Jesus is the one God sent to make an atonement for our sins, we can be cleansed of sin and become new creatures in Christ Jesus. He will then give His Holy Spirit to those that obey and ask Him.

Luk 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Lev 1:4 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.


Atonement means

1. The means by which man, estranged from God, is restored to complete communion with Him, just as Adam and Eve were before the fall-includes the total necessary to satisfy God.
2. ATONE – To make amends or reparation. To expiate (make satisfaction)
Jesus’ suffering and death in redeeming mankind and bringing about the reconciliation of man to God.
3. ATONEMENT – The bringing together of two who have been enemies into a relationship of peace and friendship. Hebrew word kaphar in the Old Testament means “to cover”. This does not mean to gloss over or wink at sin but to cleanse away sin or make things right with God with a righteous covering. This righteous covering is the blood of Christ.

Animal sacrifices were an temporary offering for this atonement pointing toward the perfect sacrifice to come.

It had to be a male and a human since it was man that brought sin upon all mankind, it was man that had to reverse this curse. Since there was not man than could live and keep the law without failing in one point, it had to be God that would come and keep the law in all points and then pay the penalty to breaking the law that He didn't break. That way He could make an atonement on behalf of all sinners. This atonement though only counts for those who are willing to renounce or turn away from sin and believe in the one who makes the atonement for them.

This of course was Jesus Christ. Jesus was 100% man but also 100% God. God the Son from eternity past and eternity future is Jesus Christ or Yeshua. That is why there is absolutely no other way to be saved or enter into eternal life other than Jesus Christ. If there had been another way, Jesus would not have had to die for sins.

Every time they offered a sacrifice, they either knowingly or unknowingly pointed toward the coming of Jesus Christ who made the final sacrifice for all sin.

Lev 1:5 And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Lev 1:6 And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces.
Lev 1:7 And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire:
Lev 1:8 And the priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:
Lev 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD.
Lev 1:10 And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish.
Lev 1:11 And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar.

The place where Jesus died for our sins on Mount Calvary was on the northwest side of Jerusalem.

There is a verse in the Psalms referring to the sides of the north.

Psa 48:1 A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
Psa 48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Lev 1:12 And he shall cut it into his pieces, with his head and his fat: and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:
Lev 1:13 But he shall wash the inwards and the legs with water: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD.
Lev 1:14 And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to the LORD be of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young pigeons.
Lev 1:15 And the priest shall bring it unto the altar, and wring off his head, and burn it on the altar; and the blood thereof shall be wrung out at the side of the altar:
Lev 1:16 And he shall pluck away his crop with his feathers, and cast it beside the altar on the east part, by the place of the ashes:
Lev 1:17 And he shall cleave it with the wings thereof, but shall not divide it asunder: and the priest shall burn it upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD.

Notice how all offerings and sacrifices had to be done a certain way. The offering was to be voluntary but the offering also was to be without spot or blemish just like the perfect offering to come. There was order and a certain way all was to be done showing us the perfect plan of God to save all who would come freely to the Son, Jesus Christ.

Looking back to this time we can see that now our offerings to God is praise and worship. Yet just as the offering in the Old Testament was to be voluntary, God desires our voluntary worship and praise. We should not have to have a cheer leader to get us worked up to worship and praise.

Every time we enter a place of worship whether it is a church building or a home meeting we should come with a voluntarily attitude of worship and praise. Freewill offerings make a sweet savor unto the Lord.

Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Psa 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

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