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Levitical Sacrifices

The 5 Types of Sacrifice

The Five Levitical Offerings

The sacrificial system was ordained by God and placed at the very center and heart of the life of the people of Israel.   Leviticus chapters 1-7 is completely dedicated to the 5 Levitical offerings which were the main sacrifices used in the rituals. They describe 5 kinds of sacrifices or offerings:

  • Bull Burnt offering

    Burnt Sacrifice Lev 1:3-17

    The burnt offering was a sacrifice that was completely burnt. None of it was to be eaten at all, and therefore the fire consumed the whole sacrifice. It is also important to note that the fire on the altar was never to go out. The worshipper brought a male animal without blemish to the Tabernacle. The Burnt offering was performed to atone for the peoples sins against the Lord

  • Grain offering

    Grain Offering Lev 2:1-16

    Leviticus chapter 2 mentions 4 kinds of cereal offerings and gives cooking instructions for each.  All meal offerings were made with oil and salt without honey and no leaven.  The purpose of the meal offering was an offering of gifts and speaks of a life that is dedicated to generosity and giving.

  • Oxen Peace offering

    Peace Offering Lev 3:1-17

    The peace offering was a meal that was shared with the Lord, the priests, and sometimes members of the Israelite community. The worshipper was to bring a male or female oxen, sheep, or a goat to the Tabernacle.

  • Sin offering

    Sin Offering Lev 4 & 5

    The sin offering cleansed the worshippers unintentional weaknesses and failures before the Lord. Sins of the high priest required the offering of a young unblemished bull, the sins of the leaders required the offering of an unblemished male goat and members of the Israelite community were required to bring female animals as an offering in accordance with their means.

  • Trespass offering of money

    Trespass Offering Lev 6:1-7

    The trespass offering was  similar to that of the sin offering except that the trespass offering was an offering of money for unintentional sins related to property.  The sacrifice value was to be equal to the amount taken, plus one-fifth to the priest and to the one offended.

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  1. You have explained the 5 different types of sacrifices offered by Israelite community in the old days. What are the equivalent sacrifices today.

    Please let me know as this is very important. I don’t think anybody today would know how to perform a burnt sacrifice.

    Regards,
    Joseph Muema

      1. Yes, he paid the price of our sins, but sacrifices in the Bible are not (only) about paying a price. They are the way we serve God (1 Peter 2:5) praising him and proclaiming his name (Hebrews 13:15).

        It’s (also) the way we imitate the Messiah: “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (Ephesians 5:1-2) As Paul writes elsewhere “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

  2. Blessed be the lord our God, LA Paz de Dio este entretodos nosotros. I was taught by our ANSESTRAL RELIGIOUS people burning of animals/beings being controlled by supernatural forces till ash is consumes onto atmosphere earth wind witj fire. . Some may say skin walkers clowns monos Brujas ect here in the southwest. My faith in God is my and our life. Fighting evil and gaining ground on balancing the world around our sphere of community is a heavy cross to bare but well accepted I will follow the old way on burnt offering with my goats for peace and balance amoungst our own peoples. Thanking you for the insight and understanding 🙏

  3. Blessed be the lord our God, LA Paz de Dio este entretodos nosotros. I was taught by our ANSESTRAL RELIGIOUS people burning of animals/beings being controlled by supernatural forces till ash is consumes onto atmosphere earth wind with fire.i will study to learn the correct ways of times past. . Some may say skin walkers clowns monos Brujas ect here in the southwest. My faith in God is my and our life. Fighting evil and gaining ground on balancing the world around our sphere of community is a heavy cross to bare but well accepted I will follow the old way on burnt offering with my goats for peace and balance amoungst our own peoples. Thanking you for the insight and understanding 🙏

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