The Shepherd’s Love - Lesson 17
The Wonders of Redemption
"Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world." John 1:29.
"He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach..." Col. 1:22
Thank You, precious Lord, for giving Your life for us! Thank you for setting us free to be with You for all eternity!
I. Read Leviticus 1. The Burnt Offering
A. In order to clearly understand the absolute need for a blood sacrifice, we must have a deep awareness of man's heart cut off from God.
1. What did you learn about the desires, intents and inclinations of man in Genesis and Exodus?
2. Why did God provide the law for His children? (Read Rom. 3:20 and Gal. 3:23-25)
3. State the message of Heb. 9:22 and Lev. 17:11. What fact do you see in these verses? (This is crucial to all of God's plan of redemption. Be sure this truth is part of you; only then can you truly appreciate God's provision of a burnt offering--first in a sacrificial lamb (Old Covenant) then in His Son (New Covenant).
B. Define "atonement."
C. What took place spiritually (between man and God) when a man would put his hand on the head of an offering being slain?
D. How was the offering completed by man and accepted by God? (See vs. 9b, 13 and 17)
E. (Personal) The picture of the burnt offering is a "type" for what Jesus Christ has been and has done for you. (See Isaiah 53:4-7 and Heb. 9:11-12) Ask God for awareness and understanding, then write down those steps by which He accomplished your atonement and redemption. What was your part?
2. Read Leviticus 2. The Grain or Meal Offering
A. We see in vs. 1-4 that the grain offering could be either an offering of fine flour or cakes of unleavened bread. In these days, what does the bread represent to us? (See John 6:32-38)
B. The following ingredients were always included in the grain offering. (vs. 1-2 and 13) Why is each one essential to you life, as Christ Jesus lives in and through you?
1. Oil (Lev. 8:30, Matt. 25:3-8 and I John 2:27)
2. Frankincense (Rev. 5:8b and Heb. 13:15)
3. Salt (Matt. 5:13)
C. What was never included? (See also v. 11 and Matt. 16:6 and 12) Why?
3. Read Leviticus 3. The Peace Offering
A. What phrase expresses God's approval of the offering?
B. Compare this offering with Col. 1:20. What did Jesus accomplish for us?
4. Read Leviticus 4. The Sin Offering
Verses 2-3, 13-15, 22-24, 27-29 and 35 show us God's provision for what kind of sin?
5. Read Leviticus 5. The Guilt Offering
A. In the sin and guilt offering we see the impossibility of man fulfilling the law of God. How is this affirmed in Rom. 3:23?
B. From the beginning it was part of God's loving plan for us that we give according to what we have been given. He does not expect or want the same from each of us. In this chapter, what alternative choices does He present as acceptable offerings? (See also Luke 2:21-24)
C. 1. In v. 5, what action is an essential part of the guilt offering?
2. (Personal) Ask God to search your heart and bring into His light anything that may have come between Him and you. What does I John 1:9 ask you to do?
VI. A. The following verses speak of our identification with the death and life of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God, as a result of our entering into covenant relationship with Him. Give Him thanks as you state what each of these verses means to you.
1. Gal. 2:20
2. Col. 3:1-4
3. Rom. 6:4-11
4. Rom. 8:1-4 and 32-39
B. What does it mean to you to "eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood?" (See John 6:53-56)
C. (Personal) If I have entered into a covenant relationship with Him, then everything He has is mine, and everything I am and have is His. (I Cor. 6:19-20) It means I have given myself to Him totally and without any reservation. God said to Abraham, "...now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son from Me." How are both God and you blessed when your life is totally committed to Him?
SUGGESTED HYMN: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
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