sermonette: What the Sacrifices Mean
They Are Intended For Us
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 09-Sep-10; Sermon #1010As; 21 minutes
The sacrificial system of Leviticus typifies spiritual sacrifices which we perform under the New Covenant. Although the slaying of an animal may seem archaic, the spiritual insight is significant. Abel's offering of an animal was acceptable, whereas Cain's offering of the produce of the land was not. With the sacrifice of an animal, we sacrifice a being with which we have established a close relationship. The cutting of the animal's throat typifies the degree of self-sacrifice demanded of us. Our submission to God must take precedence over love for family or anyone or anything else. The Old Testament sacrifices focused more on total commitment and sacrifice rather than on dying.
Animal sacrifices Burnt offering Cain and Abel Hebrews 13:15 Leviticus 1:3-5 Living sacrifice Luke 10:25-28; 14:26-27 Personality traits of animals Philippians 4:18 Reasonable sacrifice Rescuing sheep Romans 12:1; 15:4 Sacrificial offering Sheep Unblemished sacrifice