Notes: March 16, 2008 – Leviticus 1 & 2

Now that the tabernacle has been built, what is to be done with it? God answers that question Himself as He speaks from the newly erected and dedicated tabernacle.

I. Burnt offerings

  • of the herd (Lev. 1:3-9)
    • male
    • without blemish
  • of the flock (Lev. 1:10-13)
    • male
    • without blemish
  • of fowls (Lev. 1:14-17)
    • turtledoves, or
    • pigeons


II. Meal (modern English translations: grain) offerings (Lev. 2:1-16)

  • flour
  • oil
  • frankincense
  • NO leaven
  • NO honey
  • salt
  • burned by fire


Meditation Points:

  1. Will the gender-neutral advocates want to change the sex of these sacrificial animals, too; or will they concede that male animals more accurately prefigured Christ in his substitutionary atonement?
  2. The offerings were voluntary. Coercion to worship is rarely a good idea.
  3. The offerer is to place his hands upon the animal to signify that the animal was to be put to death for the offerer, to make atonement for him.  So, too, we must place our faith in Christ our sacrifice.
  4. The properly offered burnt offering was a “sweet savor unto the Lord” (v 17).
  5. Part of the meal offering was left for the priests to eat. The principle of providing for those who minister God’s worship on our behalf is  established early in Israel’s history.
  6. No leaven, no honey; but salt required. Certainly not a health requirement, these rules indicate that God prefers some things over others. That is His prerogative as God.