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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

The Burnt Offering

If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd.
22nd June
Augustus H. Strong
God requires satisfaction because He is holiness, but He makes satisfaction because He is love.
The first chapters of Leviticus are taken up with detail of the five offerings - the burnt, meat, peace, sin, and trespass offerings. All these offerings speak of Christ and His work of redemption. The burnt offering occupies a prominent position and pictures Calvary. Let us learn its unmistakable lessons.

The first lesson that comes to mind is that man is separated from God by reason of his sin. When man fell in sin, the communion between God and man was broken. The second lesson is that God speaks to man through a mediator. Moses acted as mediator between God and Israel, and a Greater than Moses is here, even Jesus Christ. The third lesson is that God demands a blood sacrifice. It may seem unpleasant to proud man, but God has the right to dictate the terms of reconciliation. Such extreme measures speak of the extremity and heinousness of man's sin. The fourth lesson is that the burnt offering pictures Calvary. The sacrificial animal or bird was a male. The first Adam brought death. The last Adam brought life. It was 'without blemish,' speaking of the sinlessness of Christ. It was to be 'of the herd,' telling of the accessibility of the sacrifice. Christ is near to all that call upon Him.

The offerer 'put his hand upon the head' (v. 4) of the victim, identifying his sin with the sacrifice. The sinner's touch always brings death. It was killed 'for him,' teaching us the truth of the substitutionary sacrifice. It was a voluntary offering, picturing the voluntary nature of Christ's death on the cross. It was to make 'at-one-ment,' to reconcile lost sinners to God.

Let us rejoice this day in Christ our Saviour. We are not worthy of the least of His mercies, but He has blessed us with the greatest.