2017 WT Message Three


Crystallization-Study of Leviticus (1)

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Message 3

The Continual Burnt Offering—a Living Sacrifice

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

Then Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head, and the fat in order on the wood that is on the fire which is on the altar; But its inward parts and its legs he shall wash with water. Then the priest shall burn the whole on the altar, as a burnt offering, an offering by fire, a satisfying fragrance to Jehovah.—Lev.1:8-9

I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.—Rom.12:1

Word of Appetizer

Why in Leviticus the first offering that is mentioned is not the sin offering or the trespass offering but the burnt offering?

We need Christ first as our burnt offering because our first situation before God, our first problem related to God, is not a matter of trespasses but of not being for God: The burnt offering means that as those who were created by God for the purpose of expressing and representing Him, we should be for nothing other than God

Spiritual Burden

We need to realize that we are not absolutely for God and that in ourselves we cannot be absolutely for God, and then we need to take Christ as our burnt offering– the One who lived a life that is absolutely for God.

The burnt offering typifies Christ not mainly in His redeeming man from sin but in His living a life that is absolutely for God and in His being the life that enables God’s people to have such a living

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

The burnt offering typifies Christ not mainly in His redeeming man from sin but in His living a life that is absolutely for God and in His being the life that enables God’s people to have such a living

The Divine Trinity is revealed in the type of the burnt offering

Today in our Christian life and church life, there is a need for the continual burnt offering

To live a life of the continual burnt offering is to be a living sacrifice

All our service to God must be based on the fir e from the altar of burnt offering

The Experience of Life

To live a life of the continual burnt offering is to be a living sacrifice

Rom. 12:1 I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. The sacrifice in Romans 12:1 is living because it has life through resurrection. To be a living sacrifice means that we constantly offer ourselves to the Lord. We offer ourselves to the Lord continually, and the Lord can use us continually.

Practice and Application

Today in our Christian life and church life, there is a need for the continual burnt offering.

God’s people were required to offer the burnt offering every day, not only in the morning but also in the evening.

We need to have a life of the burnt offering, the continual offering, a life with fire burning on the altar all day long.

 Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outline

 

Key Verses (1)

If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall present it, a male without blemish; he shall present it at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, that he may be accepted before Jehovah.—Lev.1:3

Jesus therefore answered them and said, My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.—John7:16

He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of Him who sent Him, this One is true, and unrighteousness is not in Him.–18

The burnt offering typifies Christ in His living a life that is absolutely for God

I  The burnt offering typifies Christ not mainly in His redeeming man from sin but in His living a life that is absolutely for God and in His being the life that enables God’s people to have such a living

  • In Leviticus the first offering that is mentioned is not the sin offering or the trespass offering but the burnt offering. We need Christ first as our burnt offering because our first situation before God, our first problem related to God, is not a matter of trespasses but of not being for God: We need to realize that we are not absolutely for God and that in ourselves we cannot be absolutely for God, and then we need to take Christ as our burnt offering
  • John 7 reveals that Christ was fully qualified to be the burnt offering: In verses 16 through 18 we see that the Lord Jesus did not seek His own glory in that He did not speak from Himself; He sought the glory of the One who sent Him.

Key Verses (2)

If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall present it, a male without blemish; he shall present it at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, that he may be accepted before Jehovah.—Lev.1:3

Then Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head, and the fat in order on the wood that is on the fire which is on the altar; But its inward parts and its legs he shall wash with water. Then the priest shall burn the whole on the altar, as a burnt offering, an offering by fire, a satisfying fragrance to Jehovah.—Lev.1:8-9

Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering: The burnt offering shall be on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it.—Lev.6:9

The Divine Trinity is revealed in the type of the burnt offering

Every service to God must be based on the fire from the altar of burnt offering.

II The Divine Trinity is revealed in the type of the burnt offering

  • The crucial items revealing the Divine Trinity in these verses are the burnt offering, the Tent of Meeting, Jehovah, the priest, the fire, and the water.
  • The burnt offering typifies Christ as the food for God’s satisfaction. The Tent of Meeting typifies Christ the Son as the place of offering: Jehovah refers to the Father as the Receiver of the offering. the priest typifies Christ the

Son as the serving One; The fire signifies God as the accepting agent. The  fire was God’s mouth. The water signifies the Spirit as the washing agent.

  1. Every service to God must be based on the fire from the altar of burnt offering.
  • God wanted the service of the children of Israel to be based on this fire
  • The service that we render to God in the church life must originate with the fire on the altar of burnt offering, and our service must come out of the burning of God’s fire and be the issue of this fire

Key Verses (3)

Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out.—Lev.6:13

Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering: The burnt offering shall be on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it.—9

I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.—Rom.12:1

There is a need for the continual burnt offering:

To live a life of the continual burnt offering is to be a living sacrifice:

III.  Today in our Christian life and church life, there is a need for the

continual burnt offering (vv. 3-4, 8-9; 6:9, 12a, 13):

God’s people were required to offer the burnt offering every day, not only

in the morning but also in the evening;

  • the fire for the burnt offering was to burn unceasingly; it had to burn day and night
  • All night until the morning signifies that a burnt offering should remain in the

place of burning through the dark night of this age until the morning, until

the Lord Jesus comes again (v. 9; 2 Pet. 1:19; Mal. 4:2).

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1 We need Christ first as our burnt offering(Lev.1:3)

(Why in Leviticus the first offering that is mentioned is not the sin offering or

the trespass offering but the burnt offering?)

T2 The burnt offering typifies Christ mainly in His living a life that is absolutely for God (John 5:19, 30):

(Please explain that we need to realize that in ourselves we cannot be absolutely for God, and then we need to take Christ as our burnt offering)

D2

T1 Christ was fully qualified to be the burnt offering(John 7:3-9;16-18)

(Please explain that because the Lord lived a life of restriction and a life of seeking the glory of God, He was fully qualified to be the burnt offering. )

T2  The Divine Trinity is revealed in the type of the burnt offering (Lev. 1:3, 8-9)

(What are the crucial items revealing the Divine Trinity in verses 3, 8, and 9 ?)

D3

T1 The offerings were offered at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting(Lev.1: 1, 3)

(Please explain that The Tent of Meeting typifies Christ the Son as the place of offering )

T2 The fire signifies God as the accepting agent (Lev.. 8-9;Heb.12:29)

(Please explain that the  fire that burned the burnt offering was God Himself; it was God’s mouth )

D4

T1 The burnt offering was the continual offering, and the fire for the burnt

offering was to burn unceasingly; it had to burn day and night (Lev. 6:9, 12a, 13)

(Please explain that today in our Christian life and church life, we need to have a life of the burnt offering, a life with fire burning on the altar all day long.)

T2 The burnt offering, therefore, is one of the most important offerings in the Old Testament. (Lev. 4:7)

(Why the bronze altar was even specifically called “the altar of burnt offering” ?)

 

D5

T1 The burnt offering is a type of our consecration,

(Please explain that what is the meaning of offering ourselves to God ?)

T2 To live a life of the continual burnt offering is to be a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1 )

(What is the difference between that the Old Testament people offered

dead sacrifices, whereas we offer living sacrifices?)

D6

T1 The believers live in the Body of Christ by presenting their bodies as a living

sacrifice.( Romans 12:1)

(Please explain that in your experience in order to have the Body life, we need to have our body presented both to the Lord and to the Body.)

T2 Every service to God must be based on the fire from the altar of burnt offering. (Lev.9:24)

(Please explain that it was not adequate to have the altar of burnt offering. The altar had to have the fire that descended from God.)

 

 

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