The Burnt Offering

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The Burnt Offering

(notes compiled from various teachings of elders)

All things that happened in the old testament to physical Israel was done for the benefit of God’s Elect who would come along much later.

1Pe 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

1Pe 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

1Pe 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

1Pe 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

The ministration of the prophets, include the prophet Moses and all the rituals that the Lord gave them to perform.  Those things are all just the shadow of the true things to come when the true light Jesus Christ comes into the lives of His Chosen Elect.  All of these things are written in parables and are for our admonition so we best understand and heed the spiritual lesson being taught.

Hos 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

The carnal world teaches these events as a history and outward lesson missing completely the message and meaning that is only gleaned by comparing spiritual to spiritual.

1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

For those with ears to hear and eyes to see, given by the Lord,  the recompiled studies on the Law of the Offerings will be a great refresher and reminder of how we are to serve the Lord in spirit and in truth.


Do you “desire to look into what was testified beforehand [of] the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow?”

If you do desire to “know God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent,” then to do so is to come to see Christ as the Father Himself sees Christ and the work He is performing on our behalf. The only way to do that is to see Christ through His Word which is full of the proper way to approach God through His Son as revealed in the law of the offerings.

Joh 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

Joh 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Do you want power over all flesh? Do you want eternal/age abiding life? It is through Christ ONLY that anyone can know the Father.

Mat 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

It is through Christ that the Father reveals Himself. And He has chosen to do this through the Law of the Offerings.

The Five Types of Offerings

The offices of Christ are many and varied and by grace THROUGH faith, Christ fulfills all of these various sacrifices.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Here are those five types of sacrifices:  The burnt offering, 2) the meat (meal) offering, 3) the peace offering, 4) the sin offering and 5) the trespass offering.

The five offerings are divided into two distinct categories. The first three are what Scripture refers to as “sweet smelling savor” offerings. The last two are not sweet smelling savor offerings and must be taken without the camp and burnt.

Exo 29:14 But the flesh of the bullock, and his skin, and his dung, shalt thou burn with fire without the camp: it is a sin offering.

It is in our understanding of these five types of offerings that our JOY and our STRENGHTH depend because it is through our knowledge of Christ that we know God, the Father and it is through knowing God and Christ and “His Christ” that we have LIFE/AGE ABIDING.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Knowledge can and does puff up our flesh in our seasons:

1Co 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

Christ will humble and is humbling us when we are in this state:

Luk 1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

These words are also true in the Sum of His Word:

Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

We are to be priests to Christ like the OT shadow illustrates, Joseph being a TYPE of Christ:

Gen 47:22 Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.

These Egyptian priests were under Joseph, but they were also with Joseph to the point that they were not required to sell him their lands. This typifies those sons of God, who is selling their lands in this “age” while yet in the flesh and now are able with Joseph to rule over Joseph’s brothers. These priests are those (sons of God) who want to know God, the Father and Christ and “His Christ” while in this flesh. The offerings are important to them.

2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

These offerings introduce us to Christ as God, the Father wants us to know Christ. And this is how we GROW in Christ:

Heb 9:6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.

If we want to serve God, we must know what is ordained to accomplish the service of God. Yes, knowledge puffs us up but it is also true that it is necessary to know how God, the Father, sees Christ because as He is so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). It is important to see how the Father sees us, through Christ.

As priests, the shadows of the offerings in the OT, teaches us TODAY, the spiritual REALITY, SERVING the Father through Christ and “His Christ”, as we go about our daily lives reaching out for the high calling as Christ’s kings and priests.

The Burnt Offering:

The Burnt Offering Is Different from all the other Offerings:

1) It is a sweet savor offering, and 2) it was offered for acceptance. In both of these ways it differed from the sin offerings. 3) The burnt offering was the offering of a life, and in this way it differs from the meat (or meal) offering. 4) It was entirely burnt, and in this way it differs from all the other offerings.

The Law of the Burnt Offering:

Let us now look at the shadow of the burnt offering with its three categories.  There are three categories as three in Scripture symbolizes our spiritual progression from a babe in Christ to a mature man.  The Lord symbolizes this progression starting with the most mature (the herd) and going backwards to the Flocks and then to the Fowls.

Lev 1:1 And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,

Lev 1:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock.

There is a big difference in sacrificing a bullock (herd) and a bird (fowl) yet the Lord has provisioned a way for all men to approach Him and worship Him no matter their level of spiritual maturity.

The Herd:

Lev 1:3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.

Lev 1:4 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

Lev 1:5 And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Lev 1:6 And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces.

Lev 1:7  And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire:

Lev 1:8  And the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:

Lev 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

1) He shall put his hand upon the head. 2) He shall kill the bullock. 3) He shall flay the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces. 4) His inward parts and his legs shall he wash in water.

The Flocks:

Lev 1:10 And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish

Lev 1:11 And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar.

Lev 1:12 And he shall cut it into his pieces, with his head and his fat: and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:

Lev 1:13 But he shall wash the inwards and the legs with water: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

1) He shall kill it on the north side of the altar. 2) He shall cut it in pieces. 3) He shall wash the inwards and the legs.

The Fowl:

Lev 1:14 And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to the LORD be of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young pigeons.

Lev 1:15  And the priest shall bring it unto the altar, and wring off his head, and burn it on the altar; and the blood thereof shall be wrung out at the side of the altar:

Lev 1:16  And he shall pluck away his crop with his feathers, and cast it beside the altar on the east part, by the place of the ashes:

Lev 1:17  And he shall cleave it with the wings thereof, but shall not divide it asunder: and the priest shall burn it upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

1) He shall pluck away his crop and his feathers. 2) He shall cleave it with the wings. He does not even do the killing. The priest does that for him. He does not place his hands on the head. He does not separate the head and the fat. He does not wash the legs and the inwards with water.

In every grade of this type, the burnt offering, is ALL “a sweet savor unto the Lord.” Sin is not in view. Man is “IN Christ” found pleasing to God. God, the Father, is nourished and satisfied. Neither the priest nor the offerer eat of the burnt offering. In the other sweet smelling oblations, Christ nourishes and feeds the priests, but in this offering it all belongs to the Father. It is all burned upon the brazen altar.


Lev 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

Lev 1:13 But he shall wash the inwards and the legs with water: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

Lev 1:17 And he shall cleave it with the wings thereof, but shall not divide it asunder: and the priest shall burn it upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.


2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

Phi 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

That is the spiritual significance of the burnt offering. It is an APPROACH present. It is a sweet savor with which man pleases God. The spiritual significance of the burnt offering is Christ IN US overcoming and dying daily to sin, pleasing God and smelling sweet to God, the Father, THROUGH Christ.

Sin is NOT in view in this offering. We do NOT see Christ as “sin for us.”

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Instead we see Christ offered as “a sacrifice to the Father for a sweet smelling savor.” We are being offered and this is a sweet smell to our FATHER.

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

It is the only offering which is wholly burnt unto the Father.

  2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ,

God’s burnt offering/us, are being cleansed through baptism (washing of water by the Word), we understand that we are being judged from the “north” (burned upon the altar), we understand that we have fellowship with the Father through Christ, and that our ‘head, inward parts and the very best we have to offer, the fat,’ are all God’s and are offered first.


It is very important that we know all we possibly can about who Christ and “His Christ” is and what He has accomplished and still accomplishes in us every day if we are His.

2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

The Father does not want animal offerings and animal sacrifices, the shadows, which points to Christ and “His Christ”. He has and IS preparing a Body for us through Christ and “His Christ”.

Psa 40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

Heb 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

Heb 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

What is this “Body He is preparing for us?”

Joh 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.

What is the “temple” of His Body?

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

“Ye are the temple of God”, and all of the offerings we will be studying are and is being offered by a PRIEST/Son of Aaron, only “where I have placed My Name”, which was only at the tabernacle first and then later at the Temple in Jerusalem.

Lev 2:2 And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD:

Lev 4:5 And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock’s blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation:

None of this was and IS true before coming out of Egypt/Orthodoxy/Babylon. Everyone “kills his own Passover and eat it in his own home”. In other words, we worship the Father and Christ according to the Law of Moses and being under the Law of the Gentiles, which are the same thing. Having our own ideas about worshipping Christ being under “men” and traditions of this world.

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Rom 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Only now, in the Day of the Lord, we are being “given ears to hear and eyes to see”, are we made to know that there is a PRESCRIBED way in which we have to approach the Father, Christ and “His Christ”. Only now are we made to know that it must be through a “priest” within and without and at a certain place where He is placing His Name. Only now are we made aware that we are to present all of our sacrifices at God’s altar (the cross) which is God’s table in a prescribed manner.

Mal 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? Neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.

Mal 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal 1:12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.

The altar is God’s table. Now notice this about who can eat at God’s table.

Lev 21:21 No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God.

Lev 21:22 He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy.

Lev 21:23 Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profanes not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

“The glory” is “doing the things I say.”

Joh 17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

Rev 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

We are the Temple of God individually and collectively as a Body. The Lord has and IS placing His Name/His Word IN us and we eat at His table the pure unadulterated Word of God given by His priests and WALKING OUT HIS DOCTRINE, dying daily overcoming sin, is how the burnt offering IS BEING FULFILLED in us. WE APPROACH GOD, THE FATHER, BY DOING THE THINGS THAT HE SAYS THROUGH CHRIST AND “HIS CHRIST”, a sweet savor to God, Christ IN us, the Hope of Glory!

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

The different grades/varieties in this burnt offering reflect the degree of understanding (OUR MATURITY) which we have of Christ. In the higher grades of the herd and flock, we have a degree of understanding which a mature Christian has of Christ’s thoughts and His mind and His heart.

There is very little understanding of the walk and mind and thoughts of Christ in the grade of the fowl in this season of our walk. It takes time to come to see Christ in His walk and in all of His various and wonderful offices. It takes time to come to see Christ as both the sweet-smelling savor offering and as a non-sweet-smelling savor offering. It takes time to come to see Christ as being “made sin” and at the same time being “without blemish.” It takes time to come to see Christ as all of these five offerings with all of their varieties.

The next offering of the Law of the Offerings will be the Meat offering also known as the  Meal offering.

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