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"The Laws of the Offerings"
Wednesday AM Bible Study
July 12, 2006
Theme: The specific laws regarding the offerings pictures Christ's ministry for us from the priestly standpoint.
Chapters 1-5 (with some portion of Chapter 6) have given us the details of the offerings God commanded of the people of Israel. And now, the remainder of Chapter 6 and to the end of Chapter 7, these five offerings are reviewed. But while the first look at the offerings was primarily from the standpoint of the offerer, this second look is primarily from the standpoint of the priest and the duties he is to perform regarding these offerings. And since they are from the standpoint of the priest, they give us a unique view of the ministry of Christ's sacrifice from the standpoint of heaven.
Note that, in this view, the order of the offerings has changed. The peace offering is described last; and is given the longest treatment. This is because, here, the great result of the atoning sacrifice of Christ is highlighted for us—that is, peace with God. Now, “having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .” (Romans 5:1).
I. LAW OF THE BURNT OFFERING (6:8-13).
A. Note that it is a fire that is continually burning. Christ's atonement for us is an ongoing, unending satisfaction to the Father.
B. The priest is dressed in linen (a symbol of holiness) as he removes the ashes. He changes clothes to take the ashes outside the camp—where the sins of the people are removed far from them.
II. LAW OF THE GRAIN OFFERING (6:14-23).
A. A memorial is burnt before the Lord; but the remainder is eaten by Aaron and his sons. Christ enters into full fellowship with us so that His holiness is credited to us.
B. It is without leaven. There is no sin in Christ. Everyone who touches it must be holy.
C. Even the priests must make an offering (vv. 19-23).
III. LAW OF THE SIN OFFERING (6:24-30).
A. the priest who offers it for the offerer shall eat it in the holy place. Christ took our sisn upon Himself and bore them for us.
B. All that the blood touches must forever be treated as uncommon.
IV. LAW OF THE TRESPASS OFFERING (7:1-10).
A. The priest shall sprinkle the blood all around on the alter and offer the fat to the Lord. There is no access to the Father except through the blood of the Son.
B. Again, the priest shall eat of the offering—signifying our full participation in Christ.
V. LAW OF THE PEACE OFFERING (7:11-36).
A. It is to be eaten the same day it is offered. Christ's fellowship with us is always a current thing—not something in which we rest on a past experience.
B. No unclean person is to eat of it; because fellowship with Christ does not permit us to bring our sins into the relationship.
C. The fat belongs to the Lord. He deserves the best. And no blood is to be eaten, because it symbolizes the atoning life of the Savior.
D. Also the breast (the heart) and the right sholder (the strength) is to belong to the Lord.
VI. CLOSING SUMMARY (7:37-38).