Sacrifices For The Sins of The Nation

An old preacher was dying. He sent a message for his Doctor and his Lawyer, both church members, to come to his home. When they arrived, they were ushered up to his bedroom. As they entered the room, the preacher held out his hands and motioned for them to sit on each side of the … More

Sin
IV. THE SIN OFFERING - Chapter 4

The Lord told Moses to offer a sacrifice, asking for forgiveness when you sin by accidentally doing something I have told you not to do (vv. 1-2). When the high priest sins, he makes everyone else guilty (v.3). He must sacrifice a young bull that is perfect (v. 4). The priest will lead the bull to the entrance of the sacred tent, lay his hand on its head, and kill it there (v. 5). He will take a bowl of the blood inside the tent (v. 6), and sprinkle some of it seven times on the sacred chest behind the curtain (v. 7). Then he will put blood on the four corners of the incense altar, before pouring out the rest at the foot of the bronze altar. The priest will remove the fat from the bull. This includes the lower part of the liver and the two kidneys. He will then send it all up in smoke (vv. 8-10). The skin and flesh of the bull, together with its legs, insides, and the food still in its stomach, are to be taken outside the camp and burned on a wood fire near the ash heap (vv.11-12). 

The Lord said: When the nation of Israel disobeys me without meaning to, the whole nation is still guilty (v. 13). Once you realize what has happened, you must sacrifice a young bull to ask my forgiveness (v. 14).

The nation must go through the same procedure as the high priest did when he sinned and the priest will respond in the same way (vv. 15-21). By this sacrifice the sin of the whole nation will be forgiven.

Application

I need to be sharing wherever I can how Jesus Christ became the ultimate sacrifice for our sin.

Leviticus 4:1-21 (English Standard Version)

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If anyone sins unintentionally in any of the LORD's commandments about things not to be done, and does any one of them, if it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, then he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull from the herd without blemish to the LORD for a sin offering. He shall bring the bull to the entrance of the tent of meeting before the LORD and lay his hand on the head of the bull and kill the bull before the LORD. And the anointed priest shall take some of the blood of the bull and bring it into the tent of meeting, and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle part of the blood seven times before the LORD in front of the veil of the sanctuary. And the priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense before the LORD that is in the tent of meeting, and all the rest of the blood of the bull he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And all the fat of the bull of the sin offering he shall remove from it, the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins and the long lobe of the liver that he shall remove with the kidneys (just as these are taken from the ox of the sacrifice of the peace offerings); and the priest shall burn them on the altar of burnt offering. But the skin of the bull and all its flesh, with its head, its legs, its entrails, and its dung-- all the rest of the bull- -he shall carry outside the camp to a clean place, to the ash heap, and shall burn it up on a fire of wood. On the ash heap it shall be burned up. "If the whole congregation of Israel sins unintentionally and the thing is hidden from the eyes of the assembly, and they do any one of the things that by the LORD's commandments ought not to be done, and they realize their guilt, when the sin which they have committed becomes known, the assembly shall offer a bull from the herd for a sin offering and bring it in front of the tent of meeting. And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the LORD, and the bull shall be killed before the LORD. Then the anointed priest shall bring some of the blood of the bull into the tent of meeting, and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD in front of the veil. And he shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar that is in the tent of meeting before the LORD, and the rest of the blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And all its fat he shall take from it and burn on the altar. Thus shall he do with the bull. As he did with the bull of the sin offering, so shall he do with this. And the priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven. And he shall carry the bull outside the camp and burn it up as he burned the first bull; it is the sin offering for the assembly."

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