The Continual Burnt-Offering

  1. The Continual Burnt-Offering – LEVITICUS 6:8-13; Exodus 29:38-46

    1. What we have studied so far from chapter one is the law of the individual Israelite in his devotions to God.

    2. The Continual Burnt-Offering in made by the priests alone.

      1. According to Exodus 29:38-46 – a lamb with its meal and drink offerings was to be offered each morning and another at evening – read Numbers 28:5-7.

      2. It was intended to be a constant remainder and renewal of Israel’s consecration to Jehovah as a kingdom of priests.

        1. Also a constant expression of Israel’s consecration to Jehovah.

        2. As well as a constant remainder of Israel’s constant fellowship with God: I will dwell among them” – Exodus 29:45-46.

    3. The ritual is basically the same.

      1. The purpose is basically the same – that consecration.

      2. No sins confessed by the priest in the continual burnt-offering.

        1. For it must not be confused with the sacrifice of the great Day of Atonement.

        2. And this evidently underscores the basic nature of the offering is not propitiatory.

      3. The theme is the devotion of the individual and the nation to Jehovah and the sin aspect is incidental to its purpose.

        1. The spiritual Jew would arise each morning, remember the offering being made at the tabernacle and identify with it.

        2. It was not simply priests worshipping God but priests who lead the nation of individual priests into their worship.

    4. The fires of the continual burnt-offering must never go out in Israel!

      1. Worship to God is not an occasional exercise in Israel.

        1. Three times” Leviticus 6:6, 12, 13 – especially verse 13 so demands

        2. For such would indicate that Israel had forgotten its God.

        3. Read 2 Chronicles 29: 7-8 for the consequences of neglect of the burnt-offering.

      2. As the priest removed the ashes twice daily, the spiritual Jew was expected to renew himself to God – morning and evening.

    5. Why did God later condemn in such scathing terms the burnt-offering?

      1. Isaiah 1:11-20; Amos 5:21-24 are classic examples of such rejection.

      2. They kept up the external ritual even when there was no internal devotion in the heart of Israel – for God hates vain rituals.

      3. Especially when the intent of the ritual is so expressive of deep devotion and consummate love – Read Matthew 15:1-15.

  2. Remember, Christ is foreshadowed in the burnt-offering.

    1. From day to day, hour to hour this sacrifice depicts His whole life

      1. The continual burnt-offering is prophetic of His constant self-consecration to God with consuming devotion, without reservation.

      2. Nothing partial, with-held for self – God, as He both stated and did: “Not My will, but your will be done” (Matthew 26:39).

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    2. There is a significant difference between the continual burnt-offering and the sin offering.

      1. we never read of a continual sin-offering.

      2. Even the annual sin-offering was soon finished – once for all.

      3. Christ didn’t’ hang on the cross continually – as the Catholics have Hem.

      4. But in all His life HE did continually consecrate Himself to God.

    3. In the burnt-offering is seen the undying devotion, consummate love and sacrificial consecration of His whole life to God’s purpose.

      1. John 17:19 “And I make myself holy on their behalf…”

      2. Ephesians 5:2 “and walk° in love, just-as the Christ also loved* us and gave himself up on our behalf as an offering and a sacrifice to God * for an aroma of a sweet-fragrance.”

        1. This is the language of the burnt offering.

        2. Sin-sacrifices are never called “an aroma of a sweet-fragrance”!

      3. Hebrews 10:7 “Then I said (it has been written concerning me in the volume of the book), Behold, I am coming to do* your will, God.’ {Psalms 40:6-8}” – which is probably the book of Leviticus!

      4. John 2:17 – “Zeal for house consumes me…​”

      5. Matthew 4:17; 17:5 – “This is my beloved Son in whom I am pleased.”

  3. Christians are quite naturally expected to respond in like kind.

    1. John 17:19 “And I make(consecrate) myself holy on their behalf in-order-that they themselves may also be made holy in truth.”

    2. Romans 1:1,2 “Therefore, brethren, I am encouraging you° through the mercies of God, to present your° bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your° logical divine-service. And not to fashion yourselves to this age, but to be transfigured by the renewal of your° mind, * that* you° may be proving in you° what is the will of God: the good and well pleasing and mature.”

    3. Philippians 1:20 “according-to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will be shamed in nothing, but as always, now Christ will also be magnified in my body in all boldness, whether through life or through death.”

    4. Philippians 2:17 “But even if I am a drink-offering upon the sacrifice and ministry* of your° faith, I am rejoicing, and even rejoicing together-with you° all.”

    5. Ephesians 5:2 demands that we “be imitators of God” and of Christ.

    6. 2 Corinthians 8:5 those of Macedonia “first gave of themselves to the Lord.