[bible1year] Devotional comments on Leviticus 1-3

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 31 Jan 2014 12:46:17 -0000
        The name "Leviticus" means "pertaining to the 
Levites." The Levites were responsible for the service 
of the Tabernacle. The Book of Leviticus contains divine 
instructions for the Priests concerning the sacrifices 
and feasts. This book deals with separation and 
communion. It is also a book of sacrifices and blood. 
These words are repulsive to many people. Mankind wants 
a bloodless religion, but this is impossible because, 
without the shedding of blood there is no remission of 
sin.

        In chapter 1 of Leviticus we have pictured the 
burnt offering. This offering had to be a perfect male 
of the first year and the very best that was in the 
herd. The meal offering is explained in chapter 2. In 
chapter 3 the peace offering is explained. The burnt 
offering pictures Christ offering Himself completely 
spotless to God. The meal offering is a non-blood 
offering. Christ is prefigured in His sinless humanity, 
the perfect Man. The peace offering presents Christ's 
work on the cross in the aspect of procuring peace for 
the sinner. For the New Testament believer the chief 
significance of the Old Testament sacrifices is that 
they are symbolical. They express a need which they 
cannot satisfy but which the coming Redeemer would 
fulfill. For the Old Testament believer the sacrifices 
were a means of approach to God, for guilty men needed 
some way to draw near to the Holy God, with assurance of 
acceptance. The acceptance was provided through the 
sacrifices we are now studying.