In our reading today is one of my favorite chapters in Scripture, Leviticus 1. This whole chapter deals with the burnt offering. It offers the way for three economic classes to participate, the rich, (Leviticus 1:3-9), the middle class, (Leviticus 1:10-13), and the poor, (Leviticus 1:14-17). These offerings were a type and foreshadow of Christ Jesus primarily, but also other aspects of the New Covenant, including us. The offerer had the responsibility of killing the sacrifice (Leviticus 1:5). He skinned the animal and cut it into the appropriate pieces and washed the pieces in water (Leviticus 1:6, 9). All of the word pictures found in this chapter flow beautifully with the principle of identification in both the Old and New Covenants and our part, whether in the New or Old Covenants in the co-laboring together with God. In the Old Covenant you had the offerer, the sacrifice and the priest. In the New Covenant, I am the offerer (Romans 12:1), I am the sacrifice (Romans 12:1), and I am the priest (1 Peter 2:5, 9), under my High Priest Christ Jesus (Hebrews 4:14). Glory to God!
In our reading today Jesus gives a sure warning of his return and of the complete unknown of the hour or day. Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” He continues his warning by saying that if a homeowner knew what time the burglar was going to break into his house he could watch and prevent the breakin (Matthew 24:43). Jesus goes on to say that since we don’t know when he is returning, we should be ready all the time (Matthew 24:44).