The Glory of the Lord is going to cost you something. It isn't free.
This year, I decided that among other things, I would read through the Bible again--it's been years since I have. In the past, I simply read, this time it's taking a lot longer, because I no longer have the ability to simply read the Word of God; I just can't. I always end up studying. Today, as I got into Leviticus--the Book that I normally, dread (I'm being honest), and find quite tedious; something said (well, it would have to be Someone, right?), take your time and find out the significance of these sacrifices and how they relate to me, in this dispensation. I knew they had to in some way because I remember Jesus words: "Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." [Luke 24:25-27, KJV].
Here's what I learned (and am still digging deeper): 1) The BURNT OFFERING is typical of Christ coming to do the will of God and to glorify Him, in spite of the cost, even unto death. That was the first object of Jesus Christ coming into the world in a bodily form. "
"Wherefore, when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me: in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come . . . to do Thy will, Ο God" [Hebrews 10:5-7]. "Therefore, the burnt offering comes first, because it presents Christ, not so much as taking our sins, but as offering Himself without spot to God, to accomplish the will of God and to glorify Him, and that in death."
2) The MEAT/CEREAL/GRAIN OFFERING is typical of the perfect sinless Humanity of Jesus Christ. The perfect sinless God-Man on earth, being Himself, an offering "made" by fire to the Father (fire of affliction/testing). [Leviticus 2:2] The more Christ Jesus was tested, the more evident was His perfect obedience and perfect dependence upon the Father.
3) The PEACE OFFERING is a type of communion with God and with the priesthood (the Body of Christ). The peace offering is an offering of thanksgiving, and of worship and praise, but it is always on the foundation of the work of Christ (burnt offering). Leviticus 3:5 says, ""And Aaron's sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire". In 2 Chronicles 7:1-3, is a picture of this in action: "Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house.
And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord's house. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever."
4) Lastly, The SIN/TRESPASS OFFERING typifies Christ bearing our sins on the cross. The sin and the trespass offering were generally inseparable from the burnt offering--as they killed in the same place. "'And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,' it is always the introduction of a new subject. Now, the first three chapters — which speak of the burnt offering, the meat offering, and the peace offering — are all, in a manner, one, because they are all "sweet savor" offerings, which the sin offering in itself is not. And you will not find that expression anywhere in those chapters after chapter 1:1. But when the subject of the sin offering is spoken of, in chapter 4, there you find the expression again, because it is a different character of offering — an offering for sin, instead of an offering made by fire for a sweet savor. We shall notice the difference by and by. You do not find a third occurrence of it till you come to chapter 5:14. The trespass offering, properly so-called, begins with this verse. The first thirteen verses of chapter 5 seem to connect the sin offering and the trespass offering together, as we have seen. I believe I am right in saying that, throughout this Book of Leviticus, at the beginning of every new subject this expression occurs.
It is important to see that the sacrifices are divided into two great classes — the sweet savor offerings, or offerings "made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the Lord," and the sin offerings. In the sweet savor offerings, when the worshipper laid his hand upon the head of the offering, it signified that all the acceptability of the sacrifice was his; he was identified with all the sweet savor of the sacrifice. But in the sin offering it was just the other way. Instead of the offerer being identified with the sweet savor of the sacrifice, the animal — the offering — was identified with the man's sin; his sin was transferred to the head of the animal. Now, there are these two sides to the work of the Lord Jesus: The first is that the Lord Jesus was charged with our sins — He "gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world." The Holy Spirit has put into our mouths those words in Revelation 1: "Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood."
The Lord Jesus, at the last supper, in the night in which He was betrayed, when He took the cup, said, "This is My blood of the new testament [covenant], which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matt. 26:28)." (From: Christ' Offerings; R.F. Kingscote; Stem Publishing)
Somehow, Leviticus is beginning to take on a whole new meaning. Then, I read that verse: ""And Moses said, 'This is the thing that the Lord commanded you to do, that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.'" I was reminded with a resounding note, if I (or anyone) desires the glory of God, and His Presence, it will cost something. We will most assuredly have to surrender our will and lay ourselves on the altar of sacrifice, willing to go through the fire of affliction to be perfected and learn obedience to the Sovereignty of Almighty God. We owe Him Thanks for forgetting our sin, washing and cleansing us from all unrighteousness, and then clothing us in priestly garments--fine linen (which stands for the righteous acts of God's holy people), an ephod (A priestly garment connected with seeking a word from God), the breastplate (judgement) and in the breastplate: Urim (light) & Thummim (perfection & truth), the mitre (the turban wrapped about the head; the mitre was in the form of a turban, "a fine piece of linen that was wrapped around the head. A plate of gold was placed on this turban of fine linen over the forehead. On this plate of gold were engraved like the engravings of a signet–that is, deeply carved as they would have been carved upon the seal of a king–the words “HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD”. This gold plate was fastened to the linen bonnet by blue lace. This is the plate of gold that was put upon some blue lace and tied onto the linen bonnet." And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD. [Exodus 28:38] So, Aaron wore the mitre because of the sin of the people and so they could stand in the presence of the Lord and be accepted by Him.
I really want the glory...even more than I did yesterday. I'm overwhelmed by Leviticus, but in a good way.