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Leviticus 3 – 4

Leviticus 3 

The Peace Offering

All offerings are to be without blemish because blemishes are imperfections representative of sin.  These offerings are to be without any blemish, as the sacrificial animals represent the absolute purity from sin and all uncleanness of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.

1 Peter 1: 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Just as Christ was pure from any blemish of sin; so we are to be free from the blemishes of sin.  For us to become perfect as God the Father is perfect, we must be diligent and zealous to work hard to learn and to live by every Word of God, which Word defines the nature of God.

We must follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth and we must NEVER follow any man contrary to the Word of God.  We must be consumed the zeal for God the Father just as Jesus Christ was totally dedicated to God the Father and was in TOTAL UNITY with the Father and with the whole Word of God.

Living by every Word of God brings reconciliation and PEACE between us and God the Father; which is what the Peace Offering represents.

We are to be at ONE with, and at peace in TOTAL UNITY with God the Father; just as Jesus Christ was ONE with, and in TOTAL UNITY with God the Father.

Those who lack the zeal of Jesus Christ for God the Father and the whole Word of God; will not be among the chosen at the resurrection to spirit.

Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish [any sin].

 

The Peace Offering of Cattle

Leviticus 3:1 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer it of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD.

The laying on of hands sanctifies [sets apart to holy use] the sacrifice; and from this we have the doctrine of the laying on of hands.  I will cover this doctrine another time, but I will say that men can and often do wrongfully lay hands on others; and that God does call people to jobs personally and the laying on of men’s hands is not always present on God’s true servants.

3:2 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.

In the Peace Offering the fat on the innards and the kidneys must be removed and burned in the fire on the altar.

The fat symbolizes all of the energy and strength of Christ for God the Father!   Jesus Christ was and is an example of dedication which we are to follow; being totally zealous for the will of God the Father, to learn and to live by every Word of God in zealous energetic passionate enthusiasm for the Father and the whole Word of God.

The kidney’s being the most sensitive part of the body, besides the genitals [which sensitivity is increased by circumcision as a type of spiritual circumcision of the heart (Jer 4:4)], represents a sensitivity to please God the Father by learning and keeping his Word and internalizing his nature to become LIKE God the Father: To grow into complete and total UNITY and ONENESS  with God the Father just as Christ was and is ONE with the Father!

We are NOT to seek unity with men!  We are to seek UNITY with God the Father, and by doing so, we will be in UNITY will all those others who are also seeking ONENESS with God the Father!

The blood signifying the shed blood of Christ is cast on the sides of the altar.

3:3 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 3:4 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

The kidneys and the fat on the internal organs is burned in the Peace Offering.  The Peace Offering also rises to heaven in the smoke and represents complete Reconciliation and Peace between the offerer and God the Father and the Word, as a sweet savor acceptable and most pleasing to the Father. 

 

The Plan of Salvation in the Sacrifices

First, the sin and trespass offerings represent the sacrifice of the Lamb of God atoning for all sincerely repented past sin, then

Second, the burnt offering represents a dedicated wholehearted living by every Word of God in passionate voluntary zeal, then

Third,  the peace and freewill offerings represent complete reconciliation of the offerer with God

3:5 And Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

3:6 And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.

 

The Lamb Peace Offering

3:7 If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the LORD. 3:8 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons shall sprinkle the blood thereof round about upon the altar.

The rump of the lamb, the fat and the two kidneys are burned as the Peace Offering.

3:9 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 3:10 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

3:11 And the priest shall burn it [the specified parts of the lamb] upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire unto the LORD.

 

The Peace Offering of a Goat

3:12 And if his offering be a goat, then he shall offer it before the LORD.  3:13 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of it, and kill it before [the door or entry of] the tabernacle of the congregation: and the sons of Aaron shall sprinkle the blood thereof upon the altar round about.

3:14 And he shall offer thereof his offering, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 3:15 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

3:16 And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the LORD’s.

The burning of the fat and kidneys in the Peace Offering indicates that the fat and kidneys belong to God.  The eating of fat or blood is expressly forbidden for the people of God.

3:17 It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.

We need not work to remove every speck of marbling, however we should trim off obvious fat from meat and buy extra lean ground meat.  The extra lean ground meat can be improved by adding an egg and bread crumbs, or a dash of olive oil and our favorite spice.  It would also be proper to avoid deliberately high animal fat products like sausages.

We should wash our meat and remove all possible blood.

 

Leviticus 4 

The Sin  and Trespass Offerings

The Trespass and the Sin Offerings are very closely related although differing slightly.

The Sin Offering is for sin against God and any of his commandments.

The Trespass Offering is for uncleanness or for sin requiring restitution, the modern equivalent would be that the Sin Offering was for breaking the law; while the Trespass Offering mainly pertained to civil matters like the breaking of promises and agreements and required restitution to the victimized person.

 

The Trespass Offering was also prescribed in the cases of healed lepers in Leviticus 14:12, since leprosy [the term leprosy included all skin diseases and blemishes] was considered as an imperfection and as such was a type of sin.

The Sin and Trespass Offerings were the most important of all sacrifices, symbolizing the application of the sacrifice of Christ to those sincerely repenting of breaking any part of the Word of God.

 

The Sin Offering

The Sin Offering on behalf of a Priest, or for the whole congregation; is a male bull or bullock.  This pictures the application of the sacrifice of Christ to atone for repented sin [sin is doing anything contrary to any part of the Word of God].

The offering for the ruler, judge or king was to offer a male goat, signifying his position as leader of the flock, but of lesser degree than a priest of God; and also showing that the congregation are to exalt God and the faithful priest: Above the king, judge or other ruler.

Individuals are to offer FEMALE animals signifying their position as the wife of Christ.

The highest kind of sin offering was to sacrifice a bullock, when the High Priest had sinned, or if the whole congregation had sinned.

The next kind would be a male goat for the ruler.

The third kind consisted of a female goat for individual Israelites.

The lowest grade was turtle-doves or young pigeons as a substitute for other sacrifices in case of poverty.

The male for the ruler and the female for the ruled; has its obvious connotations

Both of these offerings speak to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ applied for our sincerely repented sins.

In addition to these, the Drink Offering of wine portrayed the pouring out of the blood of Christ in sacrifice for the sincerely repentant. 

 

The Sin Offering for the priest

Leviticus 4:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 4:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them:  4:3 If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering.

The bullock as an animal pictures strength and the powerful dedicated patience service of Jesus Christ [including the priesthood of Christ] to God the Father.  The hands upon the head of the Offering represents the placing of the sin on the sacrifice and the bearing of that sin by the sacrifice, just as Jesus Christ bears the sins of the sincerely repentant.

The offender bringing the sacrificial animal in the sin and trespass offering, therefore pictures sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to bear the sins of the repentant.

4:4 And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock’s head, and kill the bullock before the LORD.

The animal is to be killed before the Lord, as Jesus was killed before God the Father, and the blood was to be sprinkled seven times before God to demonstrate a complete bearing of sin.

4:5 And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock’s blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation: 4:6 And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before the LORD, before the vail of the sanctuary.

The blood was sprinkled on the altar of incense; the incense picturing the prayers of the people ascending up to God.  The sprinkling of blood on the altar of incense indicated the rising up of the prayers of repentance.

In other words, atonement is made for sin in response to sincere repentance which this Sin Offering pointed to;  this being an instructional example that the sacrificed of the Lamb of God removes sin and reconciles the sincerely repentant to God the Father.

The remaining blood was poured out at the base of the altar of Burnt Offering to signify that Christ had poured himself out to wholeheartedly serve God the Father unto death.

4:7 And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the LORD, which is in the tabernacle of the congregation; and shall pour all the blood of the bullock at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

The fat and the kidneys were burned on the altar

4:8 And he shall take off from it all the fat of the bullock for the sin offering; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 4:9 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away, 4:10 As it was taken off from the bullock of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall burn them upon the altar of the burnt offering.

The remainder of  the Sin Offering must be burned outside the camp, or in  later times outside the city of Jerusalem.  Jesus Christ was killed outside the city gates as the perfect Sin Offering that these animals pointed to.  This removal outside the camp represented the removal of sin from among the people.

4:11 And the skin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards, and his dung, 4:12 Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt.

 

The Sin Offering for the Whole Congregation

4:13 And if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty; 4:14 When the sin, which they have sinned against it, is known, then the congregation shall offer a young bullock for the sin, and bring him before the tabernacle of the congregation.   4:15 And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands upon the head of the bullock before the LORD: and the bullock shall be killed before the LORD.

Here the blood is to be sprinkled seven tine [symbolizing COMPLETE atonement for sin] before the Most Holy Place;  This pictures Jesus Christ bringing his perfect atonement for the whole people into the holy throne room of God the Father.

In this case no blood is to be placed on the alter of incense.

4:16 And the priest that is anointed shall bring of the bullock’s blood to the tabernacle of the congregation: 4:17 And the priest shall dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD, even before the vail.

4:18 And he shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar which is before the LORD, that is in the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall pour out all the blood at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

The fat of the Sin Offering for the whole Assembly was burned on the altar and the remainder of the animal burned outside the city, just like the Sin and Trespass Offering for the priests.

4:19 And he shall take all his fat from him, and burn it upon the altar.

The Sin  Offerings are to be burned outside the camp [city], only the fat and kidneys being burned on the altar.

4:20 And he shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock for a sin offering, so shall he do with this: and the priest shall make an atonement for them, and it shall be forgiven them. 4:21 And he shall carry forth the bullock without the camp, and burn him as he burned the first bullock: it is a sin offering for the congregation.

 

The Sin Offering for a Ruler

4:22 When a ruler [a judge or king] hath sinned, and done somewhat through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD his God concerning things which should not be done, and is guilty;

4:23 Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a male without blemish: 4:24 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the goat, and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering before the LORD: it is a sin offering. 4:25 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out his blood at the bottom of the altar of burnt offering.

4:26 And he shall burn all his fat upon the altar, as the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall make an atonement for him as concerning his sin, and it shall be forgiven him.

 

The Sin  Offering for Individuals

4:27 And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty;

This offering may be a female goat or lamb, which is distinct from the Passover where a male goat or lamb is killed.

 

The Goat Sin Offering for Individuals

4:28 Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned.  4:29 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering.

4:30 And the priest shall take of the blood thereof with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar.

4:31 And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat is taken away from off the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the priest shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour unto the LORD; and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him.

 

The Lamb Sin Offering for Individuals

4:32 And if he bring a lamb for a sin offering, he shall bring it a female without blemish.  4:33 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay it for a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering.

4:34 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar: 4:35 And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat of the lamb is taken away from the sacrifice of the peace offerings; and the priest shall burn them upon the altar, according to the offerings made by fire unto the LORD: and the priest shall make an atonement for his sin that he hath committed, and it shall be forgiven him.

Hands were laid on the head of the sacrifice to sanctify [set apart] the sacrifice to bear the sins of the offerer.  The sacrifice is a type of Jesus Christ bearing the sins of those who sincerely repent and commit to “go and sin no more”.

The sin offerings have as their foundation the fact that the offerer comes admitting his/her sin and seeking atonement for his sin.  The foundation of the offering is the sincere  repentance of the offerer.

Later this was perverted as people would make an offering, not to express repentance, but to FEEL righteous.  They would offer and then continue or return to their sin, just as many today pray a prayer of repentance and feeling justified then rise up to continue in their sin..

This is a picture of many today who proclaim that the Word of God must be kept and then go their way to justify NOT keeping it, with their reasoning’s and false traditions, just like the apostate Pharisees.

God will not be mocked and repentance must be wholeheartedly sincere; or Jesus Christ will NOT apply his sacrifice to the seeker.

Repentance means a dedicated commitment  to “Go and sin no more”!  It does not mean to pray and speak about God just to feel good about ourselves, which is self righteousness; and then to go and do what we or some other person decides is right.  We are to learn and live by the whole Word of God.

Ignorance is NO excuse for sin.  It is our duty to study diligently and to learn the whole Word of God to keep it.

If we see sin; it is our duty to try to resolve it and if that is not possible to expose it to the brethren.

Matthew 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

18:16  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more [witness to the facts], that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

18:17  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church [the assembly of the  brethren]: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican [and cast out of the assembly (1 Cor 5:11)].

 

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