More About Offerings

The previous blog started to present the offerings. We will continue on the topic of offerings.

The Importance of the Torah

hen we are reading the Holy Word straight through, we come to Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. These are the last three books of the Torah or Pentateuch. The Torah makes up the first five books of the Tanakh or Old Testament.

Be honest, what is our reaction to these three books? To be truthful, my thinking was it is a valley of dry bones that should stay buried. Then one day, we discovered a treasure chest full of knowledge which brought enlightenment to the New Testament. So many questions in the New Testament are answered in these amazing books!

Example: Read about the stoning of Stephen in Acts 7:54–8:1. In verse 58, we see the phrase, “witnesses…laying their clothes at Saul’s feet.” In verse 8:1, “And Saul was there giving his approval to his (Stephen’s) death.” In Acts 22:20 (NIV), Paul said, “And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.”Read Deuteronomy 17:5–7. Verse 6: But never put a person to death on the testimony of only one witness. There must always be two or three witnesses.In Acts 7:9–13, we see Stephen was accused of blasphemy. In verses 12–13, they produced false witnesses. The answers are in Leviticus 24:14–16.

Let’s go a step farther: Our government, society, and even we will bend the rules so our hands are seemingly “clean.”

See, the Old Testament (Tanakh) is alive, full of spirit, and full of knowledge. If you have a good study bible, follow all of the notes, especially the Old Testament references in the note columns. You will be richly blessed.

The same concept is with Bible dictionaries, commentaries, and even other books with the same themes. Seek and you shall learn (Jeremiah 33:3).

Types of Offerings

Now on to more offerings concepts. Multiple offerings were necessary because no one offering could give a complete picture of the perfect offering, the Lamb of God.

List of offerings:

  • Leviticus 1: Burnt Offering
  • Leviticus 2: Grain Offering
  • Leviticus 3: Peace Offering
  • Leviticus 4: Sin Offering
  • Leviticus 5: Trespass (or Guilt) Offering

The five Levitical offerings are divided into two categories. The first three are called sweet aroma offerings which means that they were voluntary. The last two offerings were compulsory. God demanded a sin offering and a trespass offering. While the offerings are given in the above order, this were not the order in which they were observed.

The observed order of offerings:

  1. Burnt Offering
  2. Grain Offering
  3. Sin Offering
  4. Trespass (or Guilt) Offering
  5. Peace Offering

Do you notice a difference? Peace is moved from 3rd to 5th. God is a God of Order. Peace must be the last of the five because “Peace” comes as a result of obeying all the others. Peace is an effect, not a cause.

How this peace is brought about:

  • The holiness of God demanded a sacrifice.
  • The majesty of God required certain regulations.
  • The honor of God necessitated a code of conduct.
  • The perfection of God expected the best of its kind.
  • The purity of God deserved freedom from blemish.
  • The sovereignty of God called for absolute obedience to detail.

From page 12 of Thus Shalt Thou Serve by C. W. Slemming

As His children, we must confess and ask forgiveness of our sins. We must die to self and take on His Son, Jesus’, nature. We are to walk in the light. Slemming continues with the following nuggets.

Examples of picture-to-person in the offerings:

  • The burnt offering was Messiah our Passover (Ephesians 5:2).
  • The grain offering was Messiah the Kernel of Wheat (John 12:24).
  • The sin offering was Messiah our Sin Offering (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • The trespass offering was Messiah our Trespass offering (Colossians 12:13–14).
  • The peace offering was Messiah our Peace Offering (Ephesians 2:14).

Jesus, having died, now lives! We live in Him–feasting with Him. We share with others the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.

All the laws, rules, and ritual sounds harsh. But remember, the children of Israel were surrounded by nations steeped in idolatry, and God was concerned that His people should keep themselves from being contaminated with what would defile not only the body but also the soul. Look around, are we any different in our world? There are things that would defile our body and soul. God is concern for His people on Planet Earth.

It is the LORD’s aim to teach us that sin can defile our soul and damage our spiritual life. Why is He so concerned? Because he loves us, cares for us, and wants to walk and talk with us.

Remember the kids song, “This little light of mine, I’ll let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine?” Well, it seems that we have allowed our lamps become tarnished and dusty from the dust and grime of this world. The light still shines but not as brightly as it should. We need to dust off our lamps, clean them thoroughly, and not let our lamps get dirty. It is the little things that people see us do that makes them wonder, “Are these Christians really so different from us ‘sinners?’” We have to constantly be watchful of what we do. What we might consider as only a small sin, will seem big to others. Believe me, the world is watching our every action. What is our light showing them? Sure, we make mistakes. But each one of us should still strive towards holiness in both our public lives and our private lives.

Next time, we will move on the topic of the harvest seasons.

Until next time,

שָׁלוֹם (Shalom!)