Leviticus chapter 1. A Holy Nation.

Sermon MP3High Priest Offering Leviticus

 

 

 

 

The Atonement for Sin. (Lev. 1)

 

INTRODUCTION

  1. Leviticus gives us the national and religious law for the people of Israel.
  2. They were to become a people separated out to be holy to the Lord.
  3. This set-apart people would be the avenue by which the Saviour would come to earth.
  4. All of these ordinances will be shadows of things to come in Jesus.
  5. Leviticus chapter one is the law concerning atonement of sin.
  6. Jesus will be the one that makes atonement for the sins of the world when He comes to earth.
  1. THE LORD ALWAYS GIVES SPECIFICS TO HIS SYSTEM OF WORSHIP.
    1. Lev 1:1  “And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,”
    2. This was not a made up system that the people thought would be a good idea to worship God with.  God was specific as to how they had to come to him.
    3. Were they really expected to go by the letter to worship their God?
      1. Consider Nadab and Abihu (Lev 10).
      2. Consider Eli’s sons (1 Sam 4; 1 Sam 7:2).
      3. Consider Uzzah (1 Chron 13:10).
    4. Even before the Mosaic law they were required to do as God has instructed.
      1. Consider Cain and Abel (Gen 4; Heb 11).
      2. Abraham having to circumcise his household (Gen 17).
      3. Moses having to circumcise his children (Ex 4:14-26).
    5. Are we looking to find the instructions or just listening to what we think or a man says?
  2. GOD WAS SPECIFIC CONCERNING THE ANIMAL.
    1. Lev 1:2  “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock.”
    2. Had to be of the cattle, herd or the flock.
    3. This would exclude other animals.
      1. No dogs, rabbits, turtles, reptiles, insects, etc.
      2. Only those animals that were specified would be accepted.
    4. When God gives specifics then He is excluding all that was not specified.
      1. Noah was told to build the ark out of gopher wood (Gen 6:14).
        1. What about oak, pine, teak, bamboo?
        2. What about starting with gopher wood and finishing with whatever is available?
      2. In the New Testament we see them coming together on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
        1. They broke bread.
        2. They preached.
        3. They gathered the money as they prospered (1 Cor 16:2).
        4. What if the first day is too difficult to come together, to break bread, to give a lesson?
    5. What specific sacrifices are we to give today as Christians?
      1. We must give our bodies as a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1).
        1. Time
        2. Money
        3. Talents
      2.   We offer up sacrifices of praise to God continually,…the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name (Heb 13:15).
      3. When we do good and communicate forget not,…God is well pleased with this sacrifice (Heb 13:16).
  3. GOD WAS SPECIFIC ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE ANIMAL.
    1. Lev 1:3  “If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.”
    2. A male without blemish.
      1. They could not bring but the best of their flocks and herds.
      2. David would not offer up anything that did not cost him something (2 Sam 24:24).
      3. In Malachi they were offering but giving their maimed and diseased animals (Mal 1:8).
      4. Jesus came as a perfect, sinless man to pay for the sins of the world.
        1. 2 Cor 5:21  “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
      5.   What quality of worship are we offering?
        1. Do we stay up late on Saturday and suffer through worship?
        2. Do we spend all of the offering money that was to be laid aside for Sunday?
        3. Do we sing unto God or do we just wait for the singing to be over?
        4. Do we pray with those that are leading prayer or we just bowing our head?
  4. GOD MADE A WAY TO ATONE FOR OUR SIN.
    1. Lev 1:4,5 “And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.”
    2. From the garden we were destined for destruction.
    3. God covered Adam and Eve with skins that He made.  The leaves were not going to cover sin.
    4. The Mosaic law is going to allow the person to lay his sin on that sinless animal to pay the price.
    5. Jesus is now our sacrifice.  His blood was spilt for our sins.   A sinless man taking on the sins of the world.
    6. Do we deserve having someone else pay for our sins? No.
      1. Did Adam and Eve deserve the skins of those animals?  No.
      2. What if they did not want to wear them?  These skins are scratchy and smelly.  Eve might not have thought it was right to have to kill animals for her sin.
      3. Did the children of Israel deserve a way to atone for their sin?  No.
        1. What if they did not want to participate in the atonement sacrifice? They were not willing that their prized animal be slaughtered and go to the temple.
        2. It cost too much to get an animal of such quality.
    7. God made a way to be with us even though we were once sinners.
      1. Rom 5:8  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
      2. Did we deserve this sacrifice of Christ for our sins? No.
      3. Is there anything that we could do to merit this sacrifice of Christ? No.
      4. What if we do not want to put on Christ in baptism?
        • Gal 3:27  “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
      5. What if we do not want to give as we are prospered?
        • 1 Cor 16:2  “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”
      6. What if we do not want to go through the hardship and persecution of being a Christian?
        1. We must take up your cross (Matt 16:24-26).
        2. We must remain steadfast under trial to receive the crown of life (James 1:12).
        3. We are to be patient in tribulation (Rom 12:12).

CONCLUSION

  1. We are under such a better system than that of Mosaic Covenant.
  2. We have a better High Priest (Heb 8), sacrifice (Heb 10), and hope (Heb 7:19).
  3. The Old Testament shows us a God of compassion wanting to be with His people.
  4. This God wants to be with His people today.
  5. Are we willing to accept His sacrifice of Christ today and live for Him.

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