Making a Nation Out of a Mob, Part 6 (The Covenant & the Cross #77)

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Today’s passage of Scripture is Leviticus 1:1-4 which reads: “And the Lord called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock. If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord. And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.”

Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from Chip Brogden. He said: “One way the God-Man reveals Himself to us, of all ways, is not in a glorious vision or supernatural event, but in the pages of this thing we call the Bible. Imagine that. How odd. A book. Why not just appear to the one who seeks Him and speak face to face. No! Why? It would kill us. It would absolutely blow us away to be confronted with the Real Jesus, because the Jesus we have come to believe in is a fairy tale, a jolly elf, a fantasy character. The Bible prepares us for Him, does it not? Using types, shadows, stories, just to whet your appetite and get you accustomed to Him and His dealings so you are not totally shocked when you do meet Him.”

Our topic for today is titled “Making a Nation Out of a Mob (Part 6)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.


Most of us, when we think of the sacrificial system, think of offerings to atone for sin. While these offerings were part of it, in reality the system was much more complex.” Sacrifices were performed also to show consecration or to give thanks to God. While the fundamental concept of the sacrificial system in its entirety was ‘atonement,” this notion seemed to carry several nuances in the general context of the Old Testament law. The basic idea of atonement is a harmonious relationship brought about by bridging a gap between two parties.’ There seem to have been three general categories of offerings. We will look at them in the order they are presented in the text.”