Atonement for Sin-the Old Version – Leviticus 4

Did you ever wonder how sacrifices for sin were conducted in the tabernacle system?. Leviticus 4 provides the procedures for making an offering or sacrifice for sin when the high priest, all the people of Israel, one of Israel’s leaders, or an individual Israelite had committed an unintentional sin, that is, doing any one of all the things unintentionally (or by mistake) that God’s law prohibits. Here’s the way that atonement was secured under the law for sin offerings:
1. Bring an unblemished male bull, goat, or lamb (depending on who committed the sin) to the entrance of the tabernacle.
2. Take the animal sacrifice by the head and slaughter it (by slitting its throat).
3. The priest takes some of the blood into the tabernacle and he dips his finger into it and sprinkles it in front of the veil of the sanctuary seven times.
4. The priest also spreads some of the blood on the horns of the altar of incense.
5. The remainder of the blood is poured out at the base of the altar of burnt offerings that is at the entrance to the tabernacle.
6. The fat of the animal sacrifice that is on the entrails, the two kidneys, and the liver are removed and burned on the altar of burnt offerings all night.
7. All the remaining parts of the animal sacrifice (the head, skin, legs, entrails, etc.) and ashes from the altar are carried outside the camp and burned on a fire of wood.
So the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin, and he shall be forgiven” (vs 26, 35). But the Hebrews writer tells us that it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin. This sacrificial system was only a shadow of the true form of the reality that would be Christ’s sacrifice once for the sins of all the world for all time (Hebrews 10:12-18).

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