4 Offering Lessons
- Death is required to forgive sin.
- Offer your best.
- The innocent can substitute for the guilty.
- Guilt can be forgiven & the relationship restored.
Understanding Jesus’ Death
- Jesus’ death, once and for all, was required to forgive us.
- God the Father gave His very best!
- Perfect, innocent, Jesus can be our substitute.
- You can have a forgiven & restored relationship with God through Jesus.
A Sin Offering involves confession & forgiveness of sin. It is always meant to be accompanied by repentance – turning away from sin.
A Guilt Offering (Trespass Offering) was given when you hurt someone else by your sin. It was followed by making restitution for your wrong.
A Burnt Offering was an expression of devotion, commitment, and complete surrender to God. The entire offering (except the skin) was burned up, representing complete forgiveness and dedication.
A Grain Offering (Cereal or Meal Offering) was offered as an expression of devotion to God, recognizing His goodness and provision.
A Fellowship/Peace (Heave, Wave Offering) symbolized peace between God and people, and the inner peace that results. The offerer had fellowship with God. The offerer could eat part of the offering.
3 Kinds of Peace Offerings;
- Thanks for special blessing.
- Votive offering in connection to a vow.
- Freewill Offerings expressing love, worship & praise to God.
The Sequence of Offerings
First, sin had to be dealt with (Sin & Guilt Offerings).
Second, complete commitment to God was made (Burnt & Grain Offerings).
Third, people had peace with God. They celebrated (Fellowship/Peace Offerings).
Worshipping God (being in His presence) brings:
- Reverent fear and awe of God.
Thoughts to Ponder:
The three most powerful words in any relationship are “I am Sorry.”
Wayne and Mary Sotile, Beat Stress Together (1998)