Ex 29:18 And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt
offering unto the LORD: it is a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the

As this offering was pleasing to the Eternal, it had nothing to do with
the removal of sin in the person making the offering.  Rather, he
offered it for his acceptance, or in his stead, as in perfect fellowship
with God.  In the verse below, the word atonement has a different
connotation than as in a sin or trespass offering.  God accepted the
offering in place of the one giving the offering.  Moreover, God
accepted it as a perfect offering, for God saw no sin in the person
making the burnt offering.  The giver was living his life holy and
acceptable to God.

Le 1:4 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.  

We comprehend Christ as the burnt offering in the following scripture:

Eph 5:1  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us
an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.  

Long before the Levities reared the tabernacle, God told Abraham to
offer Isaac as a burnt offering.  The Eternal was not asking Abraham
to offer his son Isaac for a sin or trespass offering to atone for his sins,
but an offering that would be pleasing to the Eternal.

Ge 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest,
and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering
upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.  

Why would such an offering please God?  The Savior's entire life was
the perfect offering that the burnt offering signified.  Isaac was a type
of the Savior to come – God’s only begotten Son.

2Pe 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there
came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in
whom I am well pleased.  

The Eternal <wanted> this offering.  It was to be continual for the
Israelite community, to represent an unbroken fellowship between
God and them.  As for the individual, God would meet and speak with
the person making this offering.  It was as though there was a two-way
conversation going on: Man and God speaking one to the other.

Ex 29:42 This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at
the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will
meet you, to speak there unto thee.  

As the following verse informs us, the morning and evening offering or
sacrifice was a burnt offering.  In many places, the bible refers to the
burnt offering as the continual burnt offering.  This term seems to
apply to the evening and morning offerings, which the priests offered
every day of the year.  The burnt offerings indicated continual
fellowship between the Eternal and the Israelites.  Before the fire
consumed the morning sacrifice, the priest offered the evening
sacrifice; and before the evening sacrifice was exhausted, the priest
offered another morning sacrifice.

1Ch 16:40 To offer burnt offerings unto the LORD upon the altar of the burnt
offering continually morning and evening, and to do according to all that is
written in the law of the LORD, which he commanded Israel;

2Ch 31:3 He appointed also the king's portion of his substance for the burnt
offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt
offerings for the Sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is
written in the law of the LORD.  

Nu 29:38 And one goat for a sin offering; beside the <continual> burnt
offering, and his meat (meal) offering, and his drink offering.  

Nevertheless, morning and evening were not the only times that the
burnt offerings were offered.  At one time, Solomon offered a
thousand burnt offerings.

2Ch 1:6 And Solomon went up thither to the brazen altar before the LORD,
which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt
offerings upon it.  

It was not the burnt offering itself, which the Eternal delighted in.  
What He delighted in was what the burnt offering stood for, what it
represented.  It represented a life of perfection.  In other words, the
burnt offering is the very life of the Savior, not in His death, but as He
lived it while on earth, perfectly.  Moreover, His life of perfection
stands as an example of how we must live our life; and it looks forward
to the time when we too will be perfect in our future eternal life.  The
Eternal looks at us for what we will become.

Ps 51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not
in burnt offering. {else...: or, that I should}  

The Israelites, in the main, never got it.  They thought that by going
through the rituals they were making themselves acceptable before
the Eternal.  What they failed to grasp, and we too can fail to
understand, is that our perfection although made possible by the
justification aspect of Christ’s sacrifice, requires us to live a perfect
life by the power of the holy spirit.  In other words, we must live our
life as a living burnt offering holy and acceptable to God, only possible
with the indwelling of the holy spirit.  If we lean on God for our
understanding rather than the Adamic nature we receive at our human
birth, we too can please God.  Christ is the burnt offering of the New
Covenant, a perfect example for us to follow.

Another verse that indicates the burnt offering is for acceptance:

Jer 14:12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt
offering and an oblation, I will not <accept them>: but I will consume them by
the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.  

Therefore, the Israelite offered the burnt offering – a type of one who
was perfectly acceptable to God.  The sacrifice represented the
person making the offering, a type of the New Covenant person living
His life by means of the holy spirit – holy and acceptable to God.  It
was as if two friends had met and were speaking to each other, lost in
their great love and respect for each other, hanging onto every word
because of the treasured agreement and unity they have with each
other.  It was a Sweet Savor Offering to the Eternal, and the giver
should have viewed it that way.  It was another chance for man to
speak with God.

The burnt offering however, was an offering of a life.  The priest
sprinkled its blood on the altar.  This illustrates that the person making
the offering was willing to mortify the deeds of the body, even to the
point of laying down his life for his Friend – God; it was a type of the
New Covenant person living his life holy and acceptable to God by
means of the holy spirit.  The view here is acceptance of the person
making the offering, not removal of sins.

Le 9:12 And he slew the burnt offering; and Aaron's sons presented unto him the
blood, which he sprinkled round about upon the altar.  

De 12:27 And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon
the altar of the LORD thy God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured
out upon the altar of the LORD thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.  

John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

The Israelites offered the burnt offering with rejoicing and with
singing.  Apparently, this is something that David added.  Being a man
of song and harp, and understanding the nature of the burnt offering,
one could comprehend how David would have added these things.  The
bible shows God’s approval of this, by positively recording this
information in the bible.

2Ch 23:18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD by the
hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of the
LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of
Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained by David.

The knowledge of the Eternal, His laws, is more important than burnt
offerings, for one cannot be a burnt offering without that knowledge.  
One must bring every aspect of God’s plan of salvation into its proper
perspective and balance, for it to be of value.  The covenant is the
knowledge of the law (love for God and man) and the desire to keep
those laws of love.  If we do those things, we will always be a burnt
offering before the Eternal.  However, we must continually see this
through the sacrifice of the Savior who makes up the difference, as our
justification.  The Burnt Offering was to teach the Israelites about the
first table of the law – the first four of the Ten Commandments.

Ho 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more
than burnt offerings.  

Mr 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and
with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself,
is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

One final word concerning the burnt offering: The priest burned it
completely on the altar.  This is a distinction of this particular
offering.  The priest burned the sin offering outside the camp
completely, but not on the altar and for a completely different reason.

Le 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall
burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet
savour unto the LORD.  

Man's duty to the Eternal is the surrender of the sum total of his
being.  He can reserve nothing.  However, the Savior is the only one
who completely surrendered Himself to God.  In the burnt offering, we
see our duty to God.

Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  

Therefore, the burnt offering indicates the entire surrender of the self
to the Eternal in everything; in other words, following in the footsteps
of the Christ.

One could comment on many other distinctions of the burnt offering.  
1) A burnt offering could be of the herd, of the flock, or of fowls.  2) If
the offering was of the herd or the flock, the priests divided it into
pieces; but if of fowls, they did not divide it.  3) The person who gave
the offering laid his hands on the head of the offering if it was of the
herd, but not if it was of the flock or fowls.  4) If the offering was of
the herd, the person giving the offering killed the victim.  If of the
flock or fowls, the priest killed it.

The Burnt Offering represented the giver.  The fact that one could
bring an offering of the herd, flock or fowls reminds one of the
scripture that unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much
required.  If one was wealthy, he should have offered of the herd.  A
middle class person would have offered from the flock and a poor
person would have offered from the fowls.  This further communicates
to us that God expects everyone from the highest in the land to the
lowest in the land to live his life in an honorable way toward God –
without exception.

Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall
be beaten with few [stripes]. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall
be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask
the more.

The giver gave the sacrifice for God’s acceptance.  In other words, the
animal represented the giver.  The giver acted this out through the
laying on of his hands in the offering of the larger animals.  Although
the giver did not act this out with the fowls, especially, the fact
remained that the Burnt Offering, regardless of the animal given
represented an act for God’s acceptance.  

The division of the herd animals brings each part of the person’s being
into sharp focus.  We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart,
soul, and mind.  We are to walk as Christ walked, by means of the holy
spirit – represented by the washing of the legs of the herd animal.  

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even
as he walked.

The herd animal best displayed the various types of the Burnt
Offering, such as the giver’s killing of the animal, a type of killing one’
s ego in order to worship God:

Romans 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is]
your reasonable service.

Although the herd animal best displayed the symbolism of the Burnt
Offering, the other animals still presented the representation for the
less wealthy givers.  The priests would have taught these lessons of the
herd animal to the people so that they would perceive the meaning of
presenting even a dove for the Burnt Offering.

The Burnt Offering is symbolic of our fellowship with God; how we
must live our life pleasing and acceptable to Him.

Mark 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding,
and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love [his] neighbour as
himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Sacrifices Part 4
In Part Three, we saw some of the significance of the Burnt
Offerings.  However, in looking at the Meal Offering we get an even
deeper understanding of the Burnt Offering.  The KJV refers to the
Meal Offering as the Meat Offering.

The Meal Offering consisted of flour, oil, and frankincense seasoned
with salt.  The salt of the covenant was not to be lacking in any of the
offerings.  Therefore, all the offerings had to do with the covenant.  
The Sweet Savor Offerings was man’s part of the covenant and the
Sin/Trespass/Atonement Offerings were God’s part of the covenant.

Le 2:1  And when any will offer a meat (meal) offering unto the LORD, his
offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put
frankincense thereon:  

Le 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat (meal) offering shalt thou season with
salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking
from thy meat (meal) offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.  

Herein we begin to perceive a greater glimpse of the Burnt Offering
versus the Meal Offering.  You will recall that the altar consumed the
Burnt Offering completely.  However, not all of the flour and oil that
the giver brought for the Meal Offering went into its makeup.  Only a
handful of the flour, part of the oil and all the frankincense constituted
the Meal Offering.  Furthermore, the part of the flour and oil that did
not go into the Meal Offering went to the priests.

Le 6:15 And he shall take of it his handful, of the flour of the meat (meal)
offering, and of the oil thereof, and all the frankincense which is upon the meat
offering, and shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour, even the memorial
of it, unto the LORD.  

Le 2:3 And the remnant of the meat (meal) offering shall be Aaron's and his
sons': it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire.  

Continue …
The Messiah in the Old
Covenant Sacrifices