Leviticus 1:2-17: The Burnt Offering

Since I have sinned in thought and word,
Am I accepted by the Lord?
What offering is there for me?
What gift to purchase sanctity?

A spotless male of perfect form,
And costly for this purpose grown.
And so was Jesus all of these,
My Sacrifice and my High Priest.

The gift was offered to the Lord,
With hands out-laid and sins transferred.
And Jesus to the priests was brought,
Laid hands on Him and for Him fought.

The sacrifice by men was killed,
Its blood was on the altar spilled.
And Jesus too was killed by us,
His blood was drained into the dust.

The legs and bowels then were rinsed,
The meat was quartered, broke, and rent.
And Christ was rinsed in blood and sweat,
And as a whole was left when dead.

The sacrifice was burned in flame,
A pleasant fragrance upward came.
The fires of hell were quenched by Christ,
He, God’s accepted sacrifice.


One thought on “Leviticus 1:2-17: The Burnt Offering

  1. Leviticus 1 details how a burnt offering was prepared and sacrificed. Contrary to popular belief, Leviticus 1 was not written so that men could have a clever way of critiquing their wife’s over-cooked food. Leviticus 1 gives us a kinetic presentation of the gospel. A lot of us may have a difficult time understanding why God put graphic explanations about how to eviscerate and burn various kinds of livestock in the Bible. But we have to take a step back, and look at these instructions in light of God’s plan for history. Hebrews tells us that the sacrificial system was set up as a shadow of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. With this in mind, we can easily see how Christ fulfilled the laws regarding sacrifice! Christ was our burnt offering who made us acceptable to God!


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