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Monday, 20 April 2015

Leviticus 1: The Burnt Offering

Good Morning Girls

Good Morning Girls! Here we are, a new week, a new day and a brand new book of the Bible to study! It's Leviticus! I knew it was going to be a difficult book to get into so I had prepared myself to be patient and take my time over it and I was amazed by what I did learn from it. Obviously, we no longer perform sacrifices like these because they were used in Old Testament times to typify and to teach about the Redeemer who would come as the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of men, the Lord Jesus Christ. The people who lived before Christ were looking forward to His coming; we look back to His birth, life, death, crucifixion and resurrection and ALL of us are saved by faith in Him.

In chapter 1 right through to the first part of chapter 6, we will learn about five different types of Offerings and then from ch.6:8 to ch.7, we will read about specific laws surrounding these offerings, in more detail. Just keep asking the Lord to open your heart to receive His Word with patience and joy, and to make it plain and clear to you ☺.

Here is your memory verse for this week (the 'priest' of course is referring to the Lord Jesus Christ only) and also your bookmark:



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Just before we start, I'd like to welcome our newest follower, Jean. We're glad to have you and I trust you will find comfort and refreshing for your soul as the Lord leads you closer to Him.

The whole of chapter 1 speaks to me of the lovely Lord Jesus Christ. When I first read through the chapter, I just thought it was about animal sacrifice but the more I dug into it, the more I could see lovely pictures of Christ. There are various references to Him and to His work.

Verse 3. "a male without blemish". The animal to be sacrificed was to have no stain, no spot, no blemish, no disease. This perfectly describes our Lord and Saviour; He is the sinless, spotless Lamb of God, a perfectly acceptable offering to God the Creator.

Verse 5. The "blood" is mentioned four times. Often today, people don't like to hear the blood being mentioned - but this is God's choice and it pleases Him. The life is in the blood and it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul (Lev 17:11). This means that to be truly saved, a life must be given for mine; blood must be shed for my sins to atone for me. Christ did all of this on Calvary for you and me - the sinless, spotless sacrifice was offered up to God for sin, mine and yours, and His life was given in my place and yours so that we could be redeemed. We have so much to praise and thank God for.

Verse 7. This is the first of three mentions of "in order". God is a God of order, not of confusion. God always gives us exact directions to follow when He wants us to do something. He did this for Noah when He told him to build the ark, including measurements and materials, and similarly when He told Moses to build the Tabernacle. If Noah and Moses hadn't followed the directions perfectly and accurately, then there could have been the chance of the whole thing being destroyed. The ark may have come apart at the joints and the people and animals inside drowned; the tabernacle may have fallen down and been blown away if Moses hadn't put every joint exactly where God said. So it is with salvation - God gives us direct instructions and He expects us to follow them perfectly in harmony with His teachings or it will all fall apart at the seams. He says we are to acknowledge our sin before a holy God, repent, believe in His Word and trust in the finished work of His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross, making Him Lord of our life and we shall indeed be saved. If we leave out important instructions like our sin being covered in the blood, then our sins are not atoned for and we are not saved. If we cannot see that we are sinners then why would we have to have a Saviour? Again, failure to humbly accept God's instructions will mean we are not saved.

You do not have to do any good works to get to Heaven; the sacrifice has already been made and all you have to do is accept God's way, come to Christ and trust in Him and you will be saved for all eternity (Acts 16:31).

Prayer matters:

  • Pray that God will open your heart to receive His precious word, no matter how difficult it may be to understand at first
  • Ask Him to help you to be completely obedient to His commands, whether in salvation or service as a Christian
Hugs, Karen x

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the welcome Karen. I look forward to studying with you. I have been trying to contact you by email but cannot seem to get through. Is there another way I can try
    Thank you again for sharing scripture.
    Hi to all the other followers.
    Jean x.

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    1. Hi there Jean, I have tried to email you too but it is not going because we are trying to email through Blogger. So instead could you email me again with your own email address and i'll get back to you with mine as well as my mobile number? This probably means you haven't received any of my emails in the past either...oh dear x

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