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03(Lev 01,01-09) What Makes Acceptable Offering

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I.       Not equal offerings, but equal sacrifice. (1:2)

A.      The type of sacrifice determined by whether rich or poor.

1.       Rich – bull

2.       Poor – dove or pigeon

B.      Offering was appropriate for their circumstance.

C.      The whole animal or bird was burnt.

D.      We no longer bring atonement offerings, but differing gifts based on finances.

3.       Differing gifts, but an appropriate gift – equal sacrifice.

4.       “I don’t give sacrificially because the church has enough money!”

5.       God is not looking for money – He is looking for sacrifice.

II.    Not mandatory offerings, but of their own free will (1:3).

2 Corinthians 9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

A.      It was not the size of the sacrifice, but the attitude of the worshipper.

B.      The individual worshipper must be present (3).

C.      He was to place his hands on the offering.

6.       At that moment a transaction took place.

7.       An exchange was made; life for life. A substitution for penalty.

D.      When we come to the altar a transaction takes place.

8.       No payment is made – none could be made for atonement (Jesus did that).

9.       Yet we express our love to God at the altar!

E.       The offering was to be a sweet savor; its sole purpose was to please the Lord.

10.    (vv. 9, 13, 17).

11.    If we seek to please the Lord, God will accept the offering we bring.

Luke 21:1-4 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So He said, "Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had."

III. Not partial offering: ALL on the altar (1:9)

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

A.      No such thing as a partial sacrifice – it would violate the definition.

B.      It should not seem extraordinary that God makes the statement of Romans 12 – OT.


IV.  The Substitute.

Genesis 3:21 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

Hebrews 10.

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