Life of Moses Lesson 14 Day 2

Exodus 40:34-35; Leviticus 1

3.  a.  When the Lord called to Moses in Leviticus 1:1, the cloud of God’s glory had just descended on and filled the tabernacle.

b.  In Exodus 29:42-46 God said the priests must offer a daily sacrifice in the Lord’s presence at the tabernacle’s entrance. That’s where He would meet and speak with Moses and the Israelites.

4.  a.  The Israelite worshipers were to bring a male head of cattle, a sheep or goat  without a spot or blemish, or birds—turtledoves or young pigeons— as a burnt offering.

 b.  Worshipers presented their offering of a bull this way:

  • Bring it to the tabernacle entrance.
  • Lay both hands on the animal’s head.
  • Kill the animal in the Lord’s presence.
  • After the priests splattered the blood on all sides of the altar, the man skinned the animal and cut it into pieces.
  • Wash the entrails.
  • The priest lay the pieces on the prepared altar. (Except the skin. See Leviticus 7:8)

Worshipers presented their offering of a male sheep or goat this way:

  • Bring it to the tabernacle entrance.
  • Lay both hands on the animal’s head.
  • Kill the animal on the north side of the altar in the Lord’s presence.
  • After the priests splattered the blood on all sides of the altar, the man skinned the animal and cut it into pieces.
  • Wash the entrails and legs with water.
  • Cut the animal into pieces.
  • The priest lay the pieces on the prepared altar.

Worshipers presented their offering of a turtle dove or a young pigeon.

  • Bring the offering to the priest.
  • The priest wrings off its head, drains the blood on the side of the altar, and disposes of the crop and feathers on the east side of the altar in the ashes.
  • The priest split the bird open and lay it on the altar.

c.  This is what happened to the burnt offering—It was placed on the altar and all of it was burned.

The purpose of the burnt offering—

  • This was a voluntary offering.
  • So that the worshiper may be accepted by God.
  • Laying hands on the head of the animal symbolically transferred his guilt to the victim.
  • Symbolic of atonement for sin. (Not the same as a sin offering.)
  • It was an act of worship.
  • A pleasing, sweet and satisfying odor offered to God.

5.  a.  God dwells with His people differently today—

1 Corinthians 6:19 — Today, the Holy of Holies is inside the body of each believer. Our body is a sacred place.

Ephesians 2:20-22 — God living in us isn’t just for the physical descendants of Abraham anymore. “Through Him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.” NLT

Hebrews 9:26-28 — Jesus became the only sacrifice necessary to atone for our sins. “He (Christ) sacrificed himself once and for all, summing up all the other sacrifices in this sacrifice of himself, the final solution of sin.” MSG

b.  My prayer of thanks for the indwelling presence of God—

Father, I bless Your holy name. I honor You and glorify You. Thank you for granting me every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm because of my union with Christ, Your only Son. Thank You for providing that sacrifice.

Thank You for extending that offer to me, a Gentile.

Thank You for demonstrating pure love, mercy, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness.

This old song came to mind—I’m forever grateful…


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