What's the difference between a burnt offering and a sin offering?


Leviticus 5:7

ESV - 7 But if he cannot afford a lamb, then he shall bring to the Lord as his compensation for the sin that he has committed two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.

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Mini Shirley H. prayer warrior
In Hebrews chapter 10:1 it says, "For the law, having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, when they offer continually, year by year, make those who approach perfect." 10:6 "In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you had no pleasure. 10:7 Then I said Behold I have come - In the volume of the book, it is written of Me - to do your will O God. 10:9 He takes away the first that He may establish the second.." These sacrifices, offerings - are all pictures of the work of the Cross of Jesus The Christ.
The holy burnt offerings and peace offering; the most holy thank, sin, meat and trespass offering - are all representations of different aspects of our Savior and what He did for us.

To paraphrase Psalm 50; 7,9 + 14...I Am God- I know of your ritual sacrifices, burnt offerings.. But all you have given Me is mine anyway - you are performing rituals. The heathen do that! You have not gratified Me with true thanksgiving in your heart that I have made forgiveness possible.
What is sin? We are human, carnal, with finite minds. God is truly awesome, infinite. We can only glimpse what His definition of sin is. We cannot begin to comprehend it.

The burnt offering in Leviticus chapter 1 was a holy ritual offered to the priest voluntarily in recognition of sin and the need for atonement and complete dedication to God. A perfect specimen was presented, a gesture of removing the sin and placing it on the animal performed, the sacrifice was done. The fire on the altar represented God's judgement. The wood being burned represented the cross. The washing with the water represents the purity of Christ. It is a picture of Christ's death.
The fire on the altar was never to go out..this being a testimony of God's unceasing delight in Christ and His unceasing hated of sin. A picture of both atonement and wrath. A Holy Offering.

The sin offering Leviticus 6:25 "It is Most Holy." Leviticus 4:2 "Speak to the children of Israel...If a person sins unintentionally against any of the commandments..."...to me indicates that we never truly, completely understand the scope of God's mind. For this offering a similar ritual is performed. However, the priest does the work of the transfer of sin and the slaughter. In the burnt offering the offender did the transfer and the slaughter. (I believe) The offender just watched, listened trusted and believed. 

This should be familiar to we who call ourselves Christian. Believe, have faith, and trust and obey.

In Genesis 4:22, we have the story of Abraham offering Isaac. A tiny peek of the future. Abraham (God), Isaac (the begotten son)...etc. Hebrews 11:7.

My main conclusion, comparing these two offerings, is that on the one hand we realize our sin and on the other we know not what we do! It all comes down to choosing to accept what our God says by faith. Acts 22:16 "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins calling on the Name of The Lord!" AMEN

February 22 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Altair Benemerito
Burnt Offerings are discussed in detail in Leviticus 1, while Sin Offerings are discussed on Leviticus 4.

The whole animal is burnt in the case of Burnt Offerings, unless it's a bird. If it's a bird, then the feathers and it's alimentary canal is cast westward of the altar along with the ashes.

For Sin Offerings, on the other hand, only the blood and fat are offered in the Tabernacle. The rest of the animal is burnt in a clean place outside the camp. If you're a priest it has to be a bull. If you're a leader, it has to be a male goat. If you're a commoner it has to be a male goat, but if you bring a lamb, it has to be female as well.

February 16 2018 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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