Jesus in the Old Testament Sacrifices


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I can’t help but to look at the Old Testament through the lens of the New Testament. When we look back at the rituals and laws God set forth, we can easily see the foreshadowing of Jesus through it all. I think this is brilliant on the part of God to show man that he has a greater plan and needed to set us on the path that will show us the greatness of his plan.

When I assess the sacrifices that were to be given, one cannot help but to see Jesus in all of them; the cereal or grain offering, fellowship of peace offering, whole burnt offering, sin offering, and guilt or trespass offering.

Burnt offerings which were offerings That were a propitiation for general sin and it demonstrated dedication. How true that Jesus was a propitiation for our sin (Romans 3:25).

Meal offering, also considered as tribute offering. This offering was regarded as general thankfulness for first fruits. within the context of the meal offering, it is man, represented by the flour, oil, and frankincense, surrendering himself to God so that he may in love give to fellow man what is his due. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Peace offerings were for fellowship, for unexpected blessings, deliverance when a vow was made on that condition, and general thankfulness. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice we now have peace from God that passes all understanding, the peace that solidifies salvation in our conscience (Phil. 4:7).

Sin offering applies directly to which ever area of life purification is needed. Obviously, the sacrifice of Jesus cleansed us from all our sin (1 John 1:7).

Lastly, the guilt offering. This applies to any situation where there is some guilt (Psalm 32:5).

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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