The firstfruits of a harvest that was picked by a farmer as the best crop in his whole field was a foretaste of a great harvest. Jesus, raised from the dead by God the Father and the Holy Spirit, is the firstfruits of a great harvest of believers. Since the resurrection of Christ, a great multitude of souls have been harvested by the apostles and ministers who have gone out into the whole world to preach the true gospel.
Exodus 12:21-27; Leviticus 23:4-8; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; 1 Peter 1:18-20 (text) Â© October 6, 2013Â â€¢ Download this sermon (PDF) BBeloved congregation of Christ: We come now to the Feast of Passover, the first of seven feasts that God appointed for Israel in Leviticus 23. Many evangelicals would ask, Why study the Feast of Passover? […]
Just as the Lord called Moses, Aaron and the congregation to worship him on the eighth day, he calls you today on the first day of the week to worship him. Your sin offering to God is not a sacrificial animal, but it is Christ who offered his own body and body to atone for your sins. Your â€œwhole burnt offeringsâ€ are your lives consecrated to the service of God as living sacrifices after you have heard God’s Word read and preached to you. And your â€œgrain offeringsâ€ are your prayers, songs and readings of thanksgiving to God all throughout the worship service.
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Burnt offerings therefore signify that whenever believers gather as God’s people during worship services, they ascend into the heavenly places by the Spirit through faith in Christ. Our offerings of prayers, songs and doxologies, and our vows of consecration to God ascend into heaven as a pleasing aroma to God.
Our current sermon series is Leviticus 9 in which we study and meditate on the offerings described in this chapter and elsewhere. These offerings were performed right after the ordination of Aaron and his sons into the priesthood of the tabernacle in the wilderness. This was Israel’s first worship service after the tabernacle was […]
As the sacrificial animal was burned outside the camp, so Christ also suffered and died outside the city, â€œSo Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood.â€
The whole of a Christ-centered worship service in the new covenant is patterned from these three main sacrifices in Leviticus 9 and many other Old Testament texts.