By Mark A. Finley
Throughout the Old Testament God’s people brought animal sacrifices as an offering for sin. Each sacrifice symbolized Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. The shed blood of the sacrifices pointed forward to the shed blood of Christ. This month we will study important lessons for our lives today from the sacrifices in the ancient Hebrew sanctuary.
1. What instruction did God give Moses regarding the plan of salvation? Fill in the blanks below:
“And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them (Ex. 25:8).
a. Israel was instructed to ______________________________________________________ .
b. So God would _____________________________________________________________
2. Where did David look to discover God’s power and glory? Circle the correct answer in the text below.
“So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory” (Ps. 63:2).
God’s power and the glory of His love are seen in the plan of salvation revealed through the sanctuary.
3. Why was it necessary for sinners to bring their sacrifices to the sanctuary? Summarize your answer in the space provided.
a. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
b. “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23).
c. “Without shedding of blood there is no remission” (Heb. 9:22b).
d. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7b).
4. Did the sacrifices made by Old Testament believers take away sin? Circle the correct answer.
“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins” (Heb. 10:4).
5. When Old Testament sinners brought their sacrifices to the sanctuary, what two things did they have to do? Write your answer on the line below.
“Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him. He shall kill the bull before the Lord” (Lev. 1:4, 5a).
a. He shall ____________________________________________________________________
b. He shall ____________________________________________________________________
Sinners had to bring their offerings of their own free will; there is no force in the gospel. Believers must come freely with their sacrifice. Once they arrived at the sanctuary they had to put hands on the head of the sacrifice, confess their sins, and slay the sacrifice.
6. How specific was the sinner’s confession to be? Write the answer in your own words on the line below.
“And it shall be, when he is guilty in any of these matters, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing” (Lev. 5:5).
7. How did John the Baptist describe Jesus?
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29b).
John described Jesus as the________________________________________________________
8. What picture of Jesus does the Bible’s last book, Revelation, give? Write the answer on the line below.
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Rev. 5:12).
9. How can we receive the forgiveness and grace Jesus provides through His sacrifice? Underline the answer in the text.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9).
Jesus, the slain Lamb, provides full and complete salvation for sinners who come to Him confessing their sins. Salvation is a gift; Jesus the Lamb has provided it. He died on the cross for all humanity, so all can come and receive what He freely provides at an infinite cost. Jesus is our Savior. Through Him eternal life is ours today.
Next month’s Bible study, Jesus: Our Compassionate High Priestwill look at another aspect of Christ’s ministry for us.