The Peace Offering
This is the last of the three “sweet savor” offerings. It was an animal offered up for sacrifice, but this offering was a little different from the Burnt Offering and the Meat Offering we studied last week. With the Peace Offering, the offerer, the priest and God all received some of the sacrifice; whereas, with the other two, only God and the priest partook. What a great word picture of a “peace” offering—God, man and priest (who was the mediator between God and man, at least until Jesus came), all in communion together indicating the restoration between God and mankind.
This is a great tutorial to express that the Christ who was to come, and to be that sacrifice for us, would not be just an avenue to some vague acceptance or a relief from God’s wrath—no, no—His offering has purchased for us an inheritance, one in which we enter with Him into peace with God. One in which God takes great delight, and gives unbroken fellowship and revelation to us...oh, sweet, sweet Jesus!
The Sin Offering
The last two of the five offerings are the Sin Offering and the Trespass Offering. They are the offerings in which the offerer comes as sinner for repentance and atonement. The “sweet savor” offerings were not offered for sin, but as worship and acceptance before God, thus making these last two completely different in scope and meaning.
They specifically addressed sin and the sin nature—two different thing, thus two different offerings. In both of these offerings, atonement for sin was made. The animal offered was offered outside the camp to show the shame and rejection from sin. Even though rejected, the animal still had to be blameless and spotless...the precursor of Jesus, our spotless Lamb of sacrifice. When Jesus bore our sins, He was judged for us and, thus, justice satisfied—so we who believe have already been judged in Christ and God forgives us. This is similar to our modern day “double jeopardy” rules...you can’t be tried twice for the same crime! Nor in Christ can we be tried for our sins again—they have been tried and judged already, and I am free, adjudicated for eternity! “He has forgiven us all trespasses.” (Colossians 2:13) We have no need to continue the offerings of the Old Testament. All is now fulfilled in Jesus Christ who was foretold in all the Law and the Prophets.
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