The book of Leviticus gives us a glimpse of who Jesus is in the Old Testament (O.T).
This is the time of the laws and offerings and for those of us who have resolved to read the entire Bible in a year, we often find the book of Leviticus to be the Biblical speedbump. But there is so much truth hidden in this difficult to read book. There are six offerings mandated, five of which are recorded in the first seven chapters of this book and one offering is recorded in the book of Numbers.
The five offerings are
- Burnt Offering
In the burnt offering, the sacrificed animal’s blood was sprinkled and the animal was burnt as an aroma to God. Jesus’ sacrifice was a sweetsmeeling savor acceptable to God (Ephesians 5:2). The Bible states that states that life is in the blood (Genesis 9:4).Eternal life is only by the blood of Jesus Christ that washes away all sin. Jesus is the burnt offering.
- Meat Offering
Jesus said, this is my body (flesh/meat) given for you (Luke 22:19) before the day that he was crucified. Jesus is the perfect meat offering.
- Peace Offering
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus is the Peace offering.
- Sin Offering
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2:24). He who knew no sin, became sin for us so that we may become the righteousness of God. Jesus is the sin offering.
- Trespass/Guilt Offering
Jesus taught us to pray – Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against all (Matthew 6:12) and his first saying from the Cross when he was crucified was “Father, forgive them their trespasses (guilt) for they do not know” (Luke 23:34). Jesus not only taught us to forgive but became the guilt offering unto God for us, so that God the Father may withhold his wrath from us.
In Leviticus, Jesus is typified in the offerings, the perfect and pleasing offering acceptable to God and He is our sanctification.