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Bible Commentaries

Bell's Commentary on the Bible

Leviticus 7

Verses 1-38

  1. TRESPASS OFFERINGS! (7:1-10)
    1. We learn from this “it is a very costly thing for people to commit sin & for God to cleanse sin!” (Wiersbe)
    2. Forgiveness comes only because of the death of an innocent substitute.
      1. Is.53:10 clearly says that when Jesus died on the cross, God made His Son “a guilt offering”(the penalty we should have paid, He paid for us), “Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.”
  2. PEACE OFFERINGS! (7:11-21)
    1. In ch.3 the Peace offerings were classified into 3 groups:
      1. [1] thank offering [2] vow offering [3] voluntary offering.
      2. When the soul is full of gratitude what is more natural than that it should render some tangible recognition to him from whom comes every good & perfect gift!
      3. We are so quick to cry out when we find ourselves in trouble(as we should be). But, we are also too forgetful of his benefits when the cloud passes & the sun shines again.
    2. (19-21) Fellowship w/God & one another depends on purity.
  3. FAT & BLOOD! (7:22-27)
    1. ​​​​​​​Things forbidden.
  4. PRIESTS PORTION! (7:28-38)
    1. ​​​​​​​(30,32) Wave Offering – (moved left to right)
      1. Suggests recognition of the God of heaven & dependence on Him.
    2. Heave Offering - (raised toward heaven)
      1. Probably the acknowledgment of God as among His people, the God of redemption.
      2. The Heave Offering sees “God the infinite High”; The Wave Offering sees “God the infinite Nigh”.
      3. These movements signified that the pieces, though not burnt on the altar, were specially consecrated to God’s service.
    3. (35-38) Emphasis is placed on the fact that the law was given by God.
  5. Communion:
    1. ​​​​​​​Over & over they had to do these sacrifices…why?
      1. Burnt offering – every morning, every evening, every day, every year!
      2. Why?…so they wouldn’t forget!
    2. Jesus never commanded a sacrament to commemorate his birth, his life, his miracles, or even his resurrection!
      1. Only His death does he ask us to remember & remember again!
      2. God knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. He knows we are but clay & w/o Him we are undone.
    3. “Lord Jesus, forgive me that sometimes I get callous - hardened & unfeeling - about your sacrifice you made on the cross. Remind me over & over again. I don’t want to forget.” (Joni Eareckson Tada)
    4. 1 Jn.1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
      1. All? William Cowper suffered from depression. He constantly struggled against suicide. Once he even tried to hang himself. Another time he fell on a knife but the blade broke, & at one point he threw himself into a river, hoping to drown. He had a mental breakdown & was placed in an insane asylum for 18 months. During his detention he read Rom.3:25 “whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed”, especially the part about the blood of Christ being so powerful as to atone for all past sins – even the guilt of suicidal thoughts! – After his conversion he met John Newton, who wrote “Amazing Grace.” - It was just the inspiration Cowper needed to write the beautiful hymn “There is a fountain.” (101 Hymn Stories, pg.264,5)
        1. Throughout his life Cowper continued to be plagued by severe depression, & often he sought to end his life. His most powerful hymns were written after those times.
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Bibliographical Information
Bell, Brian. "Commentary on Leviticus 7". "Bell's Commentary". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/cbb/leviticus-7.html. 2017.