“You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. 17The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” Psalm 51:16-17 (NLT)
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Any person in the Old Testament who brought an animal as a burnt offering to the Temple knew they needed to make themselves right with GOD. They had sinned and did not want to be judged by YAHWEH. Meanwhile, YAHWEH hoped that the people would understand that bringing the sacrifice was HIS way of trying to build a relationship with HIS people. HE wanted to see a heart/spirit broken that needed repair. HE hoped every time a person came with their burnt offering, that they were coming with a repentant heart. YAHWEH HIMSELF wanted very badly to repair the relationship between people and HIM.
The Altar of Burnt Offering showed that death was necessary for the forgiveness of sin. The death of the sacrifice brought loss to the sacrifice, loss of life, loss of will (broken spirit), and loss of blood.
“If the animal you present as a burnt offering is from the herd, it must be a male with no defects. Bring it to the entrance of the Tabernacle so you may be accepted by the LORD.” Leviticus 1:3 (NLT)
The location of the Altar of Burnt Offering was outside the inner courts of the Tabernacle. It was in the courtyard, the only place the average Israelite could stand and be accepted by the LORD.
YAHWEH wants YOUR sacrifice to be brought to the entrance of the Tabernacle…so you may be accepted by the LORD. The LORD is saying, “Come, come to ME so you may be accepted.”
A sacrifice had to come in through the door/gate/entrance. JESUS is that door, that entrance; it is only through JESUS that the LORD would accept ANY sacrifice.
JESUS died outside of the Tabernacle. HE died for all to see. The people saw the loss of life, will, and loss of blood. BLOOD.
“Then slaughter the young bull in the Lord’s presence, and Aaron’s sons, the priests, will present the animal’s blood by splattering it against all sides of the altar that stands at the entrance to the Tabernacle.” Leviticus 1:5 (NLT)
The blood was sprinkled along all the sides of the altar. YAHWEH had to see the blood. The Blood of Sprinkling is forgiveness.
“You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12:24 (NLT)
Without the presence of blood, the sacrifice was very incomplete and in violation of the rules which JEHOVAH set in place. There had to be so much blood on the sides of the altar because the blood of the animals only gave temporary right standing with the FATHER. Over and over again, the priest had to sprinkle the blood, which only calmed the FATHER down. The blood of the animal kept HIM from ending it all with Israel. HE was waiting for the moment when HIS SON would get it right one time and be done! Hallelujah!!!
The Fire was started by GOD HIMSELF.
“Fire blazed forth from the LORD’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar.” Leviticus 9:24a
According to Leviticus 6:8-13, the fire was never to go out. The LORD mentioned this statement three times within these five verses.
“Burnt offering” in Hebrew is “olah,” which literally means “to go up.” Sweet smelling aroma went up the nostrils of the LORD. I always feel a rumble in me when I think about this. Whenever the Bible says the sacrifice was a sweet-smelling aroma to the LORD, I just feel like all of GOD vibrates and rumbles...like deep within HIM comes a growl, pleasure. The willingness of HIS children to bring this sacrifice means so much to HIM.
Do you see how important it is for the Fire to stay burning?
We are that sacrifice; we come through the entrance/the door Who is JESUS, which makes us acceptable. The Blood of JESUS is sprinkled all over us and then…wait for it…the FIRE lights us up! The heat is intense, people. And, like YAHWEH said three times, do not let the Fire go out! A significant aspect of the burnt offering was that the whole sacrifice, except for the skin of the animal given to the priest, was entirely consumed in the fire.
Here is one big difference between the sacrifice of the Old Testament and us. The sacrifice they brought died and could not get off the altar. We can.
So, ask yourself, saint: Can you stand the heat?
The constant stoking by the HOLY SPIRIT, the increased heat, the blazing heat. It hurts so bad because it has to burn the entire sacrifice.
Can you stay on the altar, or do you need a break to get off?
May the LORD give us the grace to stay on, grit our teeth and bear the pain. Amen.
I want to hear the LORD rumble when HE smells the sweet-smelling aroma coming from us burning…can you hear HIM?
*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
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