The reading today is Leviticus 1 – 3
When one reads the Scriptures we are not long in realizing that there is much shedding of blood. This book even tells us that “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (17:11); and most of us know that without blood coursing through our veins we would not live in this world. Most of the animal kingdom, if not all the animal kingdom; is dependent upon the blood flowing through their veins for life.
These three chapters all deal with sacrifices. Offerings made by the people to the LORD.
In verses 1-3 of chapter one the LORD has called Moses and spoke to him from the tabernacle which has just been built and put in place. This is one of the most amazing points of Scripture – that holy God would speak to unholy men. It is God the LORD who has always initiated this by calling us unto Himself. It is also the case with Mose. The LORD is still calling men and women; boys and girls to Himself. If only we will have the ears to hear His Word, and follow His leading.
In chapter one verses 3-17 we have mention of the offering for the “burnt sacrifice” or “burnt offering”. It is a blood offering. Its entrails are to be cleaned with water, and be burned on the altar; totally consuming it in the flames. An offering burned in the fire. “A sweet aroma to the LORD” (v. 9, 13, 17). This could be an offering of bullocks, sheep or goats, or turtle doves or pigeons. It was dependent upon what each man had to offer. This was an offering of consecration and dedication to the LORD.
In chapter 2 verses 1-16 we have mention of the “grain offering” or “meal offering”. It too is an offering burned in the fire. This offering was an offering of thanksgiving
Chapter three begins with the “peace offering”, a blood sacrifice. This offering deals with having peace with God. No one can have peace with God without the shedding of blood. Paul the apostle writes to the Romans,
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Romans 5:1)
This peace comes through the shed blood of Jesus Christ of whom each Old Testament blood sacrifice was a shadow, or type; foreshadowing the death of the Messiah for the sins of Israel and the world.
The Bible tells us that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We need a Savior and that Savior is none other than Jesus Christ Son of the Living God. The LORD of all.
Remember to read Leviticus 1 – 3
-Tim A. Blankenship