Point of Salvation 6

Posted: January 2, 2014 in Point of Salvation
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Let’s continue our study of the animal sacrifice for the sins of the Israelites before the time of Jesus.  This week,
let’s read about the animal sacrifice for the sins of individual Israelites.

Leviticus 4:3  If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the Lord a young
bull without defect as a sin offering.

Leviticus 4:22  When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the commands of
the Lord his God, he is guilty.  When he is made aware of the sin he committed, he must bring as his offering 
a male goat without defect.

Leviticus 4:27  If a member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of
the Lord’s commands, he is guilty.  When he is made aware of the sin he committed, he must bring as his
offering for the sin he committed a female goat without defect.

Leviticus 4:32 says that if a community member sins, a female lamb can also be used as a sin offering
to the Lord.

Leviticus 5:7  If he cannot afford a lamb, he is to bring two doves or two young pigeons to the Lord
as a penalty for his sin-

Leviticus 5:11  If, however, he cannot afford two doves or two pigeons, he is to bring as an offering 
for his sin a tenth of an ephah (unit of measure) of fine flour for a sin offering.

Because a community member can sacrifice several different animals (female goat, female lamb, two doves, two
pigeons or fine flour for their sin, it is obvious that the animal sacrifice is symbolic.  The symbolism 
is that the animal is taking the place of the death that is due man.   

More importantly, by performing these symbolic offerings, it demonstrates that a person BELIEVES
IN GOD.  We will look at the importance of belief when we look at how people were saved after Jesus.

Next week, we will read about the TENT where the sacrifices took place.  Learning the history of salvation is im-
portant to fully understand the sacrifice Jesus made and what really takes place when a person is saved whether
it was before Jesus or after Jesus.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.


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