Howard Mooney - Leviticus 1 - Antler - 1956

Leviticus 1, this chapter speaks of three offerings:

Bullock offering - suggestive of the workers                

Sheep offering - suggestive of the saints               

Dove offering - suggestive of the children or someone in a divided home 

 

When I read Romans 12, I understand a little better Leviticus 1.  To present our body is but a reasonable service. 

 

Leviticus 1, three categories in which we can make our offering.  God has made it possible that we can offer the best that we have and keep it a reasonable service.  It is not possible for the sheep to take the place of the bullock.  The bullock would never be satisfied with the sheep’s place and the sheep would never be satisfied with the dove’s place.  Nor would the bullock be satisfied with the dove’s place.  The Lord wants us to give Him our best.  God can only give us His best as we give Him our best. 

 

Marriage is not a 50 – 50 proposition.  That means I will meet you half way and that is all.  Marriage is only 100 – 100.  This is the same with the Gospel.  There’s only one basis on which the marriage will work.  We would not get very far if we said we would go only half way. 

 

1 John 2:19, “These went out from us…”  We need to be all in it.  We need to make a complete surrender.  Some went out.  They never were all in it.  If I do give my all unto God, I put myself in the position where God can give His best to me.  That is why the Lord is anxious we would give Him the best that we have.  Also helps me to understand better how to be a worker together with God.  There are so many things that we cannot do for ourselves.  When the individual was willing to do what he could do, God had provided a priest to do what he could not do.  Is this not wonderful?  It is then that my offering becomes acceptable. 

 

There are five things the individual had to do.  Both the sheep and the bullock were offered in the same manner. 

 

1)       Had to offer of his own will and in the place that God said.

2)       He had to put it to death.

3)       He had to flay it.

4)       He had to cut it into pieces.

5)       He had to wash it with water. 

 

It was then that the priest put it on the altar and it was then that God accepted it.  The only offering that God will accept is a love service.  We have every reason to offer a love service.  We love Him because He first loved us.  The Psalmist praised the Lord for daily benefits.  Then he said, “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits?”  We have a couple in Sacramento that we were visiting one day.  They made a statement that made my blood run cold.  He said that there was only one fault with the truth.  Then he said it was that, “God keeps us so hopelessly in debt.  We have tried to show appreciation but the more we do the more God does for us.”   

 

The first book in the Bible – Genesis, speaks of creation, Exodus speaks of the Gospel, Leviticus, how to show appreciation.  God did not make them show their appreciation.  What can we render unto the Lord for all He has done? The Lord did not say they had to do it.  He told them how to do it. 

 

The offering could not be accepted as long as the old life was there.  It had to be killed and the individual had to do it himself.  Our old life must be put to death.  God will supply the knife.  I have wasted time praying.  I knew there were things in my life that were not good and I was asking God to remove them, when I should have been doing it myself.  May we leave this convention with a greater hold on the knife. 

 

After death comes flaying.  Had to remove the hide.  The hide never had a place on the altar.  God was not concerned about an outward service.  He wants an inward service.  “A broken and a contrite heart my God will not despise.”  The service God expects is the offering of the inward parts. 

 

After the hide was removed, the individual had to cut the offering into pieces.  These had to be given to the priest in a special order.  So much is mentioned about the different members of the body.  The first member handed to the priest was the head.  Sacrifice always begins in the head.  We have to lay aside our thoughts and plans.  It’s good to lay this on the altar. 

 

Romans 12 mentions first the head.  In the 4th verse, “Think not of yourself more highly than you ought.”  Have you ever thought your life was too good to give to the Lord?  It is a wonderful privilege to tell people the Gospel but they feel that their life is too good to give to the Lord.  When God calls or draws us to the Harvest Field, maybe we feel that our life is too good.  We feel that this is okay for the other fellow but it is different for ourselves.  Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought to.  If you have these thoughts, then place them on the altar. 

 

The inside parts went on the altar next.  These parts were washed with water.  Why the inside parts?  That is where it is easy to become contaminated.  Need to be washed and cleansed.  People always become soft at the end of the convention.  God would like me to go to the fountain and get clean. 

 

Next, the legs.  They are also washed.  Why are the legs left to the last?  This would speak of the walk.  The Lord’s people need not worry about their walk for if the heart and the inward parts are on the altar, then we need not worry about the walk.  A Jewish proverb says, “Where my heart is, thither will my feet carry me.”  If my head is on the altar, then my walk will be on the altar.  The priest placed it all on the altar and then God accepted it. 

 

There is not much difference between the bullock and sheep offering.  I am thankful for my privilege of taking the same message that God gave His Son, etc.  Some sheep offerings cost just as much as the bullock offerings.  They are giving their best and the best costs just as much from each one. 

 

You will notice the altar is the center of this chapter.  The bullock was offered before the altar – the sheep was offered on the North, the dove was offered on the East of the altar.  The altar made them one.  The bullock had nothing in common with sheep, etc., but as they came to the altar, they became one.  When ashes were removed, they were all one.  The reason we are drawn to service is because of this altar.  They were placing their life on the altar.  One side of the altar was left vacant.  Perhaps this is the side the High Priest made the sacrifice for us.  In both the sheep and the bullock offering, it had to be without blemish.  We have all sinned and come short, how then can our offering be without blemish?  Because Christ made the offering.  God has given us the privilege of placing ourselves on the same altar that God placed His Son on.  Some of us cannot make the bullock offering.  Some cannot make the sheep offering but we can all make the dove offering.  The dove offering would speak of the children or perhaps this could speak of the divided home.  I believe this is just someone who doesn’t have as much material things or haven’t the health to promote the work of God as others have.  In the New Testament, we read of the Dove descending on Christ.  The dove offering would speak of the right spirit.  We can all render the right spirit.  This is a very useful place.  If you can bring into the meeting a little more of the Spirit of Christ, my friend you are not doing a limited service.  If you can offer this, then you are doing a wonderful work.  Or if the spirit of God in you could speak to one soul,  this is not a limited service.  This may be a dove offering but give of the best that you have.  Keep the spirit alive amongst God’s people.  When the individual brought the dove offering, we find that the priest had to do almost everything for it.  All the individual did was present it to the priest.  The priest prepared it for the altar.  Give unto God the very best that you have.  If you give Him the best that you have, God will not let you down.  He will do more for you. 

 

Leviticus 6:9-11, this is a picture of the end of the sacrifice.  The fire had gone out and now ashes were left.  These were carried out to a clean place.  Long before the offering was placed on the altar, the clean place was prepared. 

 

There is a parallel in Revelation 6:9-11 and Leviticus 6:9-11.  White robes were given.  This suggests a clean place.  All that takes place at death is taking ashes to a clean place.  This is far better.  It is so easy to understand why God wants us to put our very best on the altar.  It needs to burn until the morning.  This means a little night experience.  Death means not only the end of the sacrifice but also the end of the night and a dawning of a morning.  May God help us to give our best – whether in the form of a bullock, a sheep or a dove, may God give us grace to give the best that we have. 

 

Hymn “Give of your best to the Master, Give of the best that you have”