Lev 9:6 And Moses said, “This is the thing that Yahveh commanded you to do, that the impressive appearance of Yahveh may appear to you.”
Lev 9:7 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Draw near to the altar and offer your mistake offering and your ascending offering and provide reconciliation for yourself and for the people, and bring the offering of the people and provide reconciliation for them, as Yahveh has commanded.”
Lev 9:8 So Aaron drew near to the altar and killed the calf of the mistake offering, which was for himself.
Lev 9:9 And the sons of Aaron presented the blood to him, and he dipped his finger in the blood and put it on the horns of the altar and poured out the blood at the base of the altar.
Lev 9:10 But the fat and the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver from the mistake offering he burned on the altar, as Yahveh commanded Moses.
Lev 9:11 The flesh and the skin he burned up with fire outside the camp.
reflections, not precursors
The blood poured out at the base of the altar spoke of the blood of Christ, poured out to cleanse us all from our personal sins. We are used to thinking of these sacrifices as precursors to the death of Christ, anticipating, and –in a sense — predicting the cross. But, more and more I have been thinking in the other direction. Since Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, I think it is not entirely wrong to think of these sacrifices as a reflection of that eternal gift. God reached forward in time and gave his Son for our forgiveness. Aaron and his sons had to follow the instructions about the various tabernacle sacrifices because each of the sacrifices reflected a particular aspect of the cross.
LORD, thank you for your love — poured out at the base of the altar, for our forgiveness.