Story of Offerings & Feasts
Talk Thru the Bible – Old Testament
2 Timothy 2:2 – Hear, Entrust, Teach, Multiply!
Some parts of the Bible are hard to understand. That’s why we need to slow down, take out our trusty compass, and identify where we are.
Creation, Fall, Flood, Nations, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Passover, Law, Tabernacle.
We have talked our way through the first two books of the Bible, Genesis, and Exodus. Today we arrive at Leviticus, a book that knocks many people off their Bible reading plan. Through 27 chapters, it is a mountain-filled mix of God-given regulations for the children of Israel. It contains everything they needed to know about what offerings to give and when, what was clean and what wasn’t, how to live together as a people and with their Creator, blessings for obedience, and curses for disobedience. Some “don’ts” listed are so blush-worthy and self-evident it’s hard to believe they have to be pointed out at all. But there they are. God included them for a reason.
Leviticus 1:1-6:7 details five different offerings to be made by God’s people at the Tabernacle. On behalf of the people of Israel, priests made two types of offerings to God.
Think about your own home. The kitchen is where meals are prepared for the family to enjoy. Before eating, many families offer their praise to God for providing the material necessities of their lives. Out of respect and gratitude, the oldest people at the table are served first in the Middle East. The choicest selections are offered to them. After the elders are served, everyone else fills their plate.
Now think about God in the Tabernacle. He is the ultimate elder at the table. The priests presented three offerings to God on behalf of His people.
After the priests served God at the altar, they took their portion.
When either an individual, a group of people, or the entire nation of Israel sinned, God provided a way to restore fellowship through the second category of offerings.
The sin and guilt offerings graphically illustrated the severity and consequences of sin. These offerings did not remove one’s sin. They merely covered them for a while. They pointed to the need for a permanent solution, a sacrifice that removed one’s sin for all time.
God established the protocols for how, when, and where the people made their offerings. Moses relayed the information to Aaron, Israel’s first high priest.
Leviticus 10:1-11 records an event worthy of notice and consideration. Nadab and Abihu, two of Aaron’s sons, arrogantly disrespected God at His table. Read that portion to see what happened to them. Is there anything in this account that you should consider regarding your worship of God?
Seven feasts were to be observed each calendar year. Read Leviticus 23:1-44.
As the “light to the Nations,” God wanted Israel to provide a continual picture of His redemptive love through their annual celebrations. The feasts were much more than an opportunity to rest and contemplate what God had done for His people. They were also prophetic.
Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost looked forward to Yeshua’s first coming and the Church’s birth.
Right now, the world is in a waiting period. The Gospel is being proclaimed and is accepted or rejected. At a specific point in time which only the Father knows, three things will happen, all of them tied to the fall feasts. In the same manner that the spring feasts prophetically previewed Jesus’ first coming, the fall feasts point to His second coming.
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Read Leviticus 1:1-6:7, 23:1-44
Make an “I will” Statement.