“You shall present a burnt offering, an offering made by fire as a sweet aroma to the Lord…”
Moses goes into great detail to explain the sacrifices that were to be offered to the Lord. Every morning, and again, every evening, a spotless lamb was offered, with a grain and drink offering. On the Sabbath, new moon, and for each of the seven feast, additional sacrifices were added. As long as the Tabernacle or Temple stood, these offerings were to be continually presented to the Lord. An entire staff of priests was required to officiate at these offerings. Some were responsible to examine the offering for defect, others to perform the sacrifices, and still others to attend to the daily maintenance, and care for the Temple, itself. When the days work was completed, they understood the next day bore the same responsibilities. There was no end to the process. Yet people were still conscious of their sin and alienation from God.
“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.”
Praise the Lord! Our High Priest, Jesus, Himself, has been offered, once for all, to take away sin. John declared, the very reason He came was to remove our sin, and make us right with God (1 John 1:9). Instead of a painstaking process of daily sacrifice, Jesus went to the cross; forever eradicating our sin problem. All who trust in Christ will have their sins forgiven, removed, and be brought into a relationship with God, where we are able to experience His love, joy, and perfect peace.