Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, When any one of you presents an offering to Jehovah, you shall present your offering from the cattle, of the herd or of the flock. Leviticus 1:2
In Leviticus God speaks about five basic offerings--the burnt offering, the meal offering, the peace offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering. I was fascinated when I read on page 4 of chapter 1 of the Life-Study of Leviticus that it's through these offerings that God's people could worship Him:
In Leviticus we have the redeemed's worship and living. We should not follow the common understanding of worship. According to the common understanding, to worship is to bow down or to hold a service with rituals. This, however, is not the denotation of worship in the Bible. In the Bible, worship denotes our contact with God to enjoy a common portion with God for our fellowship with Him. In Leviticus worship is a matter of contacting God by enjoying a common portion with Him. The issue of this is fellowship with Him and with one another in His presence. This is to worship God (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Leviticus. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1989, Print).
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Over and over this way is seen throughout the Old Testament because God is holy, and sinful man must come to God through blood. And in these Old Testament stories I saw the importance of the blood to forgive man's sins and make it possible for him to have fellowship with God. This made me think about how Hebrews 9:22 which says, And almost all things are purified by blood according to the law, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. And this made me realize that both the old covenant (Exo. 24: 4-8) and the new covenant (Matt. 26:28) were enacted by blood.
In both chapters14 and 15 Witness Lee credits the Brethren with their teaching on the offerings in Leviticus as types of Christ. And like he has said many times, in his exposition he is standing on the shoulders of the men and women of God who preceded him. I'm looking forward to what I'm going to see in these chapters!
You can listen to excerpts of Witness Lee's speaking the Life-Study of Leviticus on Life Study of the Bible with Witness Lee. You can also read the online Life-Studies of Leviticus and check out other resources available to enhance your study of the Bible on Living Stream Ministry's website.