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The Burnt Offering


This Sacrifice emphasizes Christ’s work as a person offering Himself to God, pure and without spot or blemish. The sacrifice is a sweet savour offering to God.

God is completely satisfied with work of the sacrifice of the person of His only Son, Jesus Christ. Read Leviticus 1 – The burnt offering & Leviticus 6:8-13 The Law of the burnt offering for extra rules related to this offering.


  1. The animals to be sacrificed were to be taken from the herd, flock or fowl and had to be a male without any blemishes or defects.

Jesus Christ was born a man and was perfect, just as Adam was a man and created perfect. Speaking about Christ, the scriptures say:

         1 Peter 2:22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.”


  1. Jesus Christ came voluntarily, as His Father sent him voluntarily.
    Philippians 2:7 “Jesus Christ, who being the very nature God--- made Himself nothing (of no reputation), taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even the death on a cross!”  
  1. The animal was offered from the offerer’s own volition (Free will).
    Here the Sovereignty of God provides the sacrifice and the free will of man must accept the sacrifice offered, to be completely effective for a person. 
  1. The hand of the offerer was placed upon the head of the offering, so transferring the sin from the offerer to the sacrifice. The offerer then killed the animal.  
  1. The blood was sprinkled against all the sides of the alter indicating the work of Jesus Christ was sufficient and available for all.
    Isaiah 45:22 “Come to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I Am God and there is no other.”

  2. The animal was skinned and cut into pieces. Jesus Christ was cruelly treated at the hands of sinners, as prophesied in the Old Testament.
    John 19:1 “Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged.”
    Isaiah 52:14 “His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness.”

   7.       The parts were laid upon the altar and burned with fire, indicating that Jesus Christ received God’s
         judgement, in our place.

8.       The innards and legs were washed before being offered indicating that Christ had no worldly pollution and           defilement and was qualified as God’s acceptable offering for sin.

9.   The entire animal was burnt on the altar. Christ’s sacrifice of Himself for us was complete effective and total.         The same was done for the offering from the flock.

  10.    If the offering was from the fowl its neck was wrung off and the blood was drained out on the east side of           the altar. The feathers were plucked and the crop removed and cast to the side of the altar, where the ashes           were.


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