“If any member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, when they realize their guilt and the sin they have committed becomes known, they must bring as their offering for the sin they committed a female goat without defect” (Lev. 4:27-28, NIV).
I was so struck by this passage as I spent time recently in Leviticus (Amazing how Holy Spirit can speak to our hearts through all kinds of Scripture, right?!😉) . Here’s what I was chewing on:
We know that all of the ceremonial sacrifices laid out in Leviticus were symbols of the ultimate sacrifice to come. The perfect Lamb of God would be arriving to take away the sin of the world. Meanwhile, these animal sacrifices were placeholders. God, anticipating His Son’s death in our place, received them as atonement for His people.
Everything about Old Covenant worship points to something to that was to be unfolded in our New Covenant relationship with God. The central facet of the animals’ blood shed is this: the lamb died so the human could be forgiven and live. This is a foreshadowing of the blood of Jesus, poured out for our forgiveness and rescue from death.
What about, then, the multiple kinds of animal sacrifices, if there was only one sacrifice of Jesus? Each of them teaches us something distinct about what He ultimately achieved for us with His crucifixion. I want to highlight just two of them today: the burnt offering and the purification offering.
To state it simply, the burnt offering covered sins the worshiper knew he had committed. The purification offering covered sins he had been unaware of committing.
This encapsulates some beautiful news for you and me. Remember, both types of sacrifices were prophesying what our Savior would do for us. We can then receive this glorious truth: His blood cleanses us both from sins we know we are guilty of, and those we don’t even realize we committed. Every kind of sin, conscious and unconscious, is forgiven and washed away.
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