by Harley Howard

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The Book of Leviticus Chapters 1-3 (1 of 14)
Harley Howard

One of the most interesting portions of scripture and
a portion on which volumes of books have been written,
is of the sacrificial system, outlined in the book of
Leviticus. We will not go into tremendous detail in
our study, but we will glean the basics so that we can
know what these sacrifices were, what they were used
for, and their significance as a typology of Christ.
There are some basic points that we need to know
concerning these sacrifices before we go into the
actual text. For example, some of the offerings were
required, whereas some were freewill. Some of the
offerings were eaten by the priest, or even the
offerer with the priest, and some were not. Offerings
were required by all people, regardless of their
financial status and God gave instructions concerning
animals that reflected their financial abilities. All
sacrifices were offered up to God and if offered
correctly, were pleasing to Him.

Chapters 1-16 deal mainly with worship before a Holy
God while chapters 17-27 relates primarily to the
daily walk in holiness before God and His people.

Under the law, sacrifice was given to God as the only
sufficient means for a Jew to remain in harmonious
fellowship with God.

Read vss 1-17

The first offering that we see in this book is the
burnt offering. The burnt offering signified
dedication to God as well as propitiation for sin.
For anyone to come to God, for anyone who would draw
near to God, required a sacrifice. That's the first
thing we need to see. No one was able to approach God
nor fellowship with Him without a sacrifice. Then we
need to notice that it was the best of what a person
had that was to be sacrificed. (read vs 3). It was to
be a spotless offering. Not only was it to be the
best, but it was voluntary. It symbolized the
offerer's voluntary dedication to God.

In verse 4, the offerer la ...

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