The Lamb Or Goat Offering.
“And if his offering be of the FLOCKS, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish. And he shall kill it on the side of the altar NORTHWARD before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall sprinkle his blood ROUND ABOUT upon the altar.
And he shall cut it into his pieces, with his head and his fat: and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:
But he shall WASH THE INWARD AND THE LEGS WITH WATER: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.”
In this offering, we begin to see some participation on the part of the one offering the animal. The offerer does the killing before the altar ON THE NORTH SIDE. Then the priest sprinkled the blood ALL AROUND THE ALTAR.
As you learned in part 3, the altar speaks of God’s holy requirements of man. Blood sprinkled ALL AROUND the altar at the base depicts an understanding that the blood of Jesus satisfied ALL God’s holy and righteous claims on sinful man; that even the lowest, most sinful person can be forgiven. Jesus finished the work: WE BENEFIT!
This is a depiction of a worshiper who has a bigger revelation of Jesus and, as a result, a greater appreciation of His shed blood. Blood poured out on the North side points to the fact that Israel’s ENEMIES came from that direction. This person understands he is protected from attacks of the enemy. It is a message to us that all our enemies had better beware because we are surrounded and protected by the blood of Jesus! They CANNOT cross the boundary of the blood. 🙌🏻 💖
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But though this worshiper’s revelation and understanding is bigger than that of those who offered doves, they are still a bit unsure before God, like sheep or goats. These animals are timid and submissive, depicting Christians who are still a little bit afraid of God, though not nearly to the same degree as the “Doves.”
The Difference Between “Spot” And “Wrinkle.”
The lamb, of course, had to be “without spot,” or blemish. Notice that though the Law required the animal to be “without spot,” it does not say, “without wrinkle. Why is this significant?
Spots are there as a result of being born; wrinkles come later as life happens. Jesus was “Born without blemish,” and walked through life on this earth “Without wrinkle,” as well. When He died, it was His sinless life which qualified Him to die that death on our behalf. Our perfect sacrifice, Jesus, was BOTH: Without spot OR wrinkle!
Fat, Entrails, And Washing.
After the sheep or goat was killed, the priest gutted the animal and placed the HEAD and its FAT on the altar to be burned. Then he did something very strange: He washed the ENTRAILS and the LEGS with water. Well, why not just wash the whole thing?
Head, you see, speaks of intelligence and knowledge. It is a picture of Jesus Who has complete “knowledge” of the Father’s will. In fact, no one knows it better! Fat, on the other hand, is what produces energy. Jesus has both the knowledge of God’s will and the energy to carry it out. But what’s the washing all about?
Let me explain. The root word for “inward parts” in Hebrew is the same word that is used for “heart and kidneys.” Water, in Biblical typology, depicts the word of God. Jesus has His Father’s word in His heart, His inward motivations, and His outward actions are motivated by the word of God…..and He has the LEGS, or strength, to carry it out!
That is so unlike you and I. Try as we might, we begin with the best of intentions. But we can’t keep it up. Our “legs” give out. Like Paul, our dilemma is the good we know we should do, we don’t; and the evil we try not to do, that we do! WE NEED A SAVIOR! We need Jesus!
(Bronze Altar with four horns.)
Horns Of The Altar.
Notice the four horns of the altar in the picture above? Horns speak of authority and, as you already learned, the altar speaks of God’s claims on sinful man. The four horns are a picture of the cross on which Jesus died which has four points. It is efficacious for all four points, or corners, of the world: North, South, East and West. His death availed for everyone!
What a good Father we have! He wants everyone to be saved and forgiven of all their sins and to avail themselves of what Jesus did for us at the cross!
4 thoughts on “The Five Offerings Of Leviticus Part 4 of 10: Lamb Or Goat Offering”
Thanks for this rich write up
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