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Lesson # Leviticus 1:5
Study Material - Leviticus 1:5
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5 'And he shall slay the young bull before the LORD; and Aaron's sons, the priests, shall offer up the blood and sprinkle the blood around on the altar that is at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
The offerer slays the animal. Here we have fine specimen of a bull. An innocent victim. The bull has done nothing wrong, but it was to this end for which he was born. So too it was Jesus' sole purpose in His first advent - to go to the Cross. He did not enter the world to lead a rebellion against he Romans, to establish His kingdom here on earth, to take over the rulership of planet earth and lead us all into a period of eternal prosperity. But that was the attitude and the expectation of the unbelieving Jews in Christ's day.
The bull was born to die on the alter. That was his destiny and that was what happened to him. The offerer stood before the bull. The bull was tied down on the alter. The offerer (not the priests), with one hand lifted the beasts muzzle, and with his other hand plunged his knife deep into the throat of the bull, severing the carotid artery. The blood would flow profusely out of the wound with each beat of the heart of the bull. The bull in effect could not stop its own heart from beating and with each beat more blood was pushed out of the deep wound, the bull would get weaker and weaker, at first fighting, snorting, struggling on the alter, and screaming in a gargled sort of way, but that too would subside as the bull eventually died by bleeding to death. No doubt some in the crowd in attendance would watch, while some would look away. Some would acknowledge Gods plan and His grace, while some would reject it.
A catch basin would fill up with the blood of the bull, and the priests would sprinkle the blood all around the alter. The blood would already be on the offerer and the priests, because of the bleeding which would spray out of the bulls open wound.
All this occurred in front of the tent or tabernacle as it was generally called. In front of the tent of meeting. Front meaning 'in the face of', 'panim'. This is done before the dwelling place of God, which was inside the tent, such that God could observe the entire sacrificial process and thus accept it so long as it complied with His stringent rules of sacrifice.
The bull was now dead. The bull, an innocent sacrifice, was placed on the alter instead of the offerer, taking his place. By the laying on of the hands the sins of the offerer were transferred to the bull and the bull now having taken away the sins of the offerer was now condemned and the penalty of sin was executed against the bull.
If you have ever seen a live animal slaughtered, than you can understand the graphic nature of the event. This was to shock those who were observing the ritual by the very nature of the graphic bleeding and death of a very nice and fine looking bull. An animal of great value in any herd.. Even the stiff necked people, as they are described in Deu. 9:6, would not be able to divert their attention away from the ritual. So the very nature of this sacrifice would serve to gain everyone's attention. No one can learn unless they first pay attention to the subject being taught. But even though the priest had their attention, the people would still have to listen to the instructions of the priest before they could learn.
Just by being present in church does not mean that you will hear let alone learn anything. Then the principle was taught, that '... without the shedding of blood there would be no remission of sin', Heb. 9:22. Here the death of the bull represented the judgment of Jesus Christ on the Cross. He was first made sin for us, then he was judged. As the bull dies another verse from Gen. 2:17 was taught, '... Dying thou shalt die.' As the bull died slowly the representation of spiritual death was portrayed followed by the physical death. So it was with Christ on the Cross. The Father and Spirit withdrew from Him (spiritual death - 'my God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?'), then punishment was administered to Jesus. After it, the punishment, was completed and then and only then, after all the work of the Cross had been completed, did Jesus die physically.
All the while the priest in charge of this particular sacrifice would be teaching the principles of Bible doctrine in order to lead people to believe in the savior to come, Jesus Christ. Just as you, by reading these Bible studies and incorporating them into whatever other Bible study you might have, are learning the principles of Bible doctrine little by little day after day, throughout your life.
So too, some will stick with their Bible study and listen or read, and learn and grow up spiritually, while others will drift away disinterested. Those who reject or ignore Bible instruction will face their shock treatment sooner or later in life. And it most probably will not be very pleasant. Life is far better when such events are avoided in ones life, and the difficult times in life can be avoided or at least tolerated when one pursues a consistent daily Bible study program.
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