BURNT OFFERING

"And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots". (Matthew 27:35)

Leslie M John

The burnt offering is an offering offered by individual on behalf of himself and his family and it was an offering that was consumed fully by fire and ascended to God. The offering by individual was not required to be made through high priest but through priests. The high priest offered sacrifices on the “Day of Atonement”.

Burnt offering can be a bullock without blemish if it is from the herd. Wealthy people offered bullocks. Burnt offering could be a goat or sheep without blemish if it is from flock. People who could afford these animals sacrificed them.

Burnt offering could be turtledoves or young pigeons without blemish. The poor offered them as sacrifice. The earthly parents of Jesus offered a pair of turtledoves (Luke 2:24, cf. Leviticus 1:3, 10, 14). The body of our Lord Jesus Christ was offered in full as sacrifice on behalf us.

“And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots”. (Matthew 27:35)

The burnt offering is made on the bronze altar at the entrance gate in the outer court of the Tabernacle. The bronze altar is made of specific measurements as God commanded in Exodus 27:1-8, and Exodus 38:1-7

Every offering is burnt at least little of it in the sacred fire but the offering made as burnt offering is burnt fully upon the altar. The burnt offerings were not offered for the first time during the period when Leviticus was written but it started with during Adam ‘s period. Later Noah offered burnt offering and then Abraham offered burnt offering. The burnt offering is a personal offering made to atone for the sins of an individual.

The Law of Moses prescribed the method to offer the burnt offering. The burnt offering is usually associated with other offerings such as sin offering, or guilt offering. Burnt offerings are continual sacrificed morning and evening and the fire under the altar was never extinguished. It is the responsibility of the priests to make sure that the fire under the altar burns continually.

Until the Mosaic Law came into existence individual Saints in the Old Testament offered Sacrifices all by themselves that entitled them to be called as Priests; and after the Law was proposed the entire congregations of the children of Israel were called the “Kingdom of Priests”, but because they violated the Law the priestly office was confined to the tribe of Levi. Aaron and his sons became the Priests. The Priest in the Old Testament period could enter the Most Holy Place in the Tabernacle only once a year.

There are at least four individuals who can be taken for consideration. (1) Noah (2) Abraham (3) Isaac and (4) Jacob Noah built an altar unto the Lord and offered clean beast, and clean fowl as burnt offerings on the altar. (Genesis 8:20) Abraham took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son and went to offer the burnt offering. (Genesis 22:3)

Isaac built an altar and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent and his servants digged a well (Genesis 26:25). Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount and called his brothers to eat bread and they ate the bread. (Genesis 31:54)

Then after the Law was proposed the children of Israel as a whole nation was called “kingdom of priests” (Exodus 19:6) But they violated the Law and antagonized God several times. They worshipped Idols and angered God. Then, God confined priesthood to the Tribe of Levi. Aaron and his sons from the Tribe of Levi were the priests. (Exodus 28:1)

“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen”. (Revelation 1:6) This shows the priesthood of individual believers in the present age.

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