What About All Those Sacrifices?
By David Chadwick
When people read Leviticus, they often yawn. They start reading about meal, grain, peace, and blood sacrifices and ask, “Huh? What does all that mean? And how does it apply to my life?”
When you read the Old Testament, you need to do so through the lenses of what’s called types and foreshadows. They are terms that suggest a future understanding and interpretation. In other words, you interpret the Old Testament through the New Testament.
The meal, grain, and peace offerings are designed by God to remind the Israelites that God is God and they are not God. They are regularly baked into their lives to constantly remind them that they exist only because God sovereignly chose them. They owe their freedom to the God who delivered them from Egyptian captivity.
The blood sacrifices – that often demanded a pure, unblemished lamb – were a type and foreshadowing of Jesus’s death on the cross. The Israelites understood that shed blood was necessary for the forgiveness of sins.
Therefore, don’t yawn too much when you read about the different sacrifices in Leviticus – especially the blood ones. See Jesus in them to remind us that we are not our own but were bought with a price – the precious blood of Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:20).
See Jesus in the blood sacrifices – his blood shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.
And the sacrifices in Leviticus actually become interesting and meaningful!
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