Lev 1:4 He will lay his hand on the head of the ascending offering, and it will be accepted for him to provide reconciliation for him.
Lev 1:5 Then he will kill the bull in Yahveh’s sight, and Aaron’s sons the priests will bring the blood and coat the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the conference tent with the blood.
Lev 1:6 Then he will chop the ascending offering cutting it in pieces,
Lev 1:7 and the sons of Aaron the priest will set fire to the altar and place wood on the fire.
Lev 1:8 And Aaron’s sons the priests will place the pieces, the head, and the fat, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar;
Lev 1:9 but he will first wash its entrails and its legs with water. And the priest will burn all of it on the altar, as an ascending offering, which is a fire offering to Yahveh with a soothing aroma.
Leviticus as Christology
God is timeless. He is not confined to history as we are. He walks through history with us, but he can also walk through it backwards — which we cannot do. when he instructs the Israelites on how to approach him through the tabernacle sacrifices — he does so with the full knowledge of how each of those offerings reflect the person and work of Christ.
We see in these first nine verses a reflection on…
- Christ’s eternal value,
- his perfection,
- his role as a substitute to reconcile humanity to God,
- his offering himself entirely to God’s purpose,
- and his ascension back to the throne after completing the task.
It is all in there in the rules concerning the ascending offering.
LORD, show us Christ in all his significance and glory as we read and study Leviticus.