Lesson 3 of 13 on The Sanctuary
Scriptural Basis: Gen. 3:9--21; Exod. 12:21--27; Lev. 2:1--3; Gen. 22:1--19; Lev. 17:10, 11; Phil. 4:18
Key Text: "I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship" (Romans 12:1, NASB).
"The devil contorts the pure to a point where it is unholy, revulsive, negative, and painful. Don't know what I'm talking about? Okay...the word sacrifice...conjures images of pain, suffering, loss...we...those who believe in Jesus Christ often celebrate those images of the Cross to excess...but the root word...the word in Hebrew means offering and in Greek it means gift and in Latin it is a combination holy and make...to make something holy. There is no pain, there is no suffering, there is no loss...it is an act of redemption...and in that there is immense joy for all involved."—Falvo Fowler
1. How do you distinguish between the various nuances of the word sacrifice?
2. God's act of making coats of skin (Gen. 3:21)for Adam and Eve is seen as the first shedding of the blood—showing the cost of sin. What kind of a God do we see here?
3. What does each of the five offerings mentioned in the book of Leviticus mean? Why were there so many?
4. Christians have a common understanding that the sacrifices point to Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice for sin. How did this understanding come about, when all the Jewish believers and scholars of the OT looked forward to a triumphalist Messiah, and never expected or taught a suffering and dying savior?
5. Romans 12:1: A sacrifice involves death. How, then, is it possible to talk about a "living sacrifice"?
6. How can you guard against the dangers of ritual while trying to be a living sacrifice for God?