Leviticus: The Offering
The book of Leviticus has been rightly called ‘the most NT of all the OT books.' It reveals in an incredible way the work of Christ on the Cross. Divine Inspiration is more clearly stated in Leviticus than in any other book. The atonement of the OT sacrifices was a kaphar "covering", they were not removing sin (Hebrews 10:4). Only the Coming One could offer a perfect sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 9:15). The holiness of Leviticus is basically "separateness". When SEPARATENESS is referring to God it implies that He is unique and separate from all that is earthly and wrong. In every offering there were three components:
1. The Offering: and Christ was our offering Hebrewa 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all]. (KJV)
2. The Priest: and Christ was our Great High Priest in Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. (KJV)
As a sacrifice was made, there were three distinct aspects that had to be accomplished:
1. IDENTIFICATION: the offerer pressed his hands on the sacrifice to identify himself with it. This is parallel to personal faith in the substitutionary death of Christ. Baptism is a picture of a believers identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Rom. 6.3-11
2. SUBSTITUTION: the innocent animal bore the sins of another, a picture of the perfect Lamb, Christ Jesus. Rom 5:8; II C 5:21; I Pet 2.24, 3.18.
3. PROPITIATION: the blood was a visible evidence that a life had been offered. It is only the blood of Jesus that can satisfy the righteous wrath of a Holy God. Lev. 17.11; Rom. 3.25; Heb. 9.22.
What does it mean to be holy?
A simple definition of holy comes from looking at why certain things are called holy. The Bible is called ‘HOLY BIBLE', the land of Israel is called the ‘HOLY LAND' and the city of Jerusalem is called the ‘HOLY CITY'. Why? There is a quality about all three which they share in common. THEY ALL BELONG TO GOD. The Bible is God's book; Israel is God's land; Jerusalem is God's city- they are God's property! That is why they are HOLY; they belong to God! When referring to man kaphar speaks of a life of purity and obedience.
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