One of the themes youâ€™ll see as you read through Leviticus is the theme of sacrifice.Â Though there are different reasons for each type of sacrifice, hereâ€™s a couple of things they all have in common.
Substitution.Â Laying hands on the animal (Lev. 1:4) meant that it was taking your place on the altar. When I watch that animal being consumed in the flame, I remember that Iâ€™m the one being totally given to God.Â Substitution also reminds me of Jesus.Â He was the one who didnâ€™t know sin, but became sin for us as He died in our place.
Cost. Sacrifice wasnâ€™t intended to be cheap.Â It cost the worshipper something to bring an offering (Lev. 1:10).Â I wonder in our world of WalMarts and Costcos if we donâ€™t sometimes try and find the cheapest bargains when it comes to our relationship with God.Â We donâ€™t like it if that religious side of us starts to cost too much.Â But Jesus said you could tell a lot about where my heart is at by where my treasure is (Mat. 6:21).Â If I asked you to audit my life, would you find â€œGodâ€ at the top of my expense list?
Pleasing to God.Â It is one of the consistent things I read over and over concerning sacrifice done properly.Â Sacrifice is â€œa sweet aroma to the LORDâ€ (Lev. 1:17).Â Itâ€™s not that God loves the smell of barbeque.Â Itâ€™s the aroma of true worship that God appreciates.Â We know that the greatest commandment in the Bible (Mat. 22:37) is to love God.Â God loves it when the sincerity of my verbal expression of love is matched by the type of offering I bring.Â He is well pleased.