Sanctuary, Salvation, & Our Savior

The Altar of Burnt Offering

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: SSOS

Program Code: SSOS190006A

00:01 Music...
00:25 Welcome to the Series that we've entitled:
00:28 The Sanctuary, Salvation and our Savior
00:30 and I'm so glad that you joined us in our study
00:33 of the relevancy of the Sanctuary
00:35 pertaining to our Christian experience
00:37 and also, following Jesus in His work from the cross
00:40 to the heavenly sanctuary as our High Priest.
00:44 As we begin, I want to turn our attention
00:47 to this artist depiction...
00:49 this artist portrait of a gentleman
00:51 by the name of Henry Martyn...
00:53 Henry Martyn was a Cambridge scholar.
00:55 He was a genius...
00:56 he had warts covering his face and his hands
00:59 and the story goes
01:01 that he would stay outside of the cricket games
01:03 to watch at a distance
01:04 because he was so ashamed of his appearance.
01:08 Henry Martyn was a genius, he had a brilliant mind
01:12 and there was a name... a lady by the name of Lydia
01:16 who fell in love with Henry Martyn
01:19 because of the mind that he had and the gentleman that he was
01:23 and one day, Henry Martyn was sitting in a church service
01:26 and he heard about India and the need that was there
01:30 for the people that were living in India
01:32 to be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ
01:36 and in that church meeting,
01:38 Henry Martyn heard the voice of God speaking to his heart...
01:42 to be a missionary to India
01:44 and so, he was so excited in his heart... he accepted the call
01:47 to India and then he hurriedly went to Lydia
01:51 and said, "Lydia, let's get married
01:54 and go to India. "
01:56 Lydia sighed and said that if there is one place in the world
01:59 that I never want to go... it is India.
02:02 Henry said, "Lydia, how can you say that?"
02:06 She turned to him and said,
02:08 "I'm sorry but that's the way I feel... "
02:10 and Henry Martyn... as you can imagine
02:13 went back to his room with a heavy heart
02:17 and here was the decision that he had to make,
02:19 "Would it be Lydia or would it be India?"
02:22 Would it be Lydia or India?
02:24 And finally he realized,
02:25 it wasn't between Lydia and India...
02:28 it was between Lydia and God.
02:31 He knelt down by his bed and said,
02:33 "Lord, I surrender all... I give you everything... "
02:37 he made the decision to leave Lydia and go to India.
02:41 One of his associates... Cambridge scholar, said,
02:46 "Henry, you have the whole world at your feet,
02:50 don't throw it away by going to India. "
02:54 Henry Martyn turned to this Cambridge scholar and said,
02:57 "Which world are you speaking of Sir?"
03:00 He went to India and later to Persia...
03:04 he was dragged across the desert in chains
03:07 and died at the age of 31... 31.
03:13 Many people would say, "What a waste of a life... "
03:16 but you know what he left the world before he died?
03:20 He left the translation of the New Testament
03:23 in three different languages.
03:26 When we look at individuals like Henry Martyn,
03:30 we marvel at their dedication and sacrifice
03:33 as though this is something that is abnormal
03:35 for the Christian life,
03:37 here we are in the 21st century,
03:38 I live in the United States of America,
03:41 I'm proud to be American,
03:42 but I live a relatively comfortable life
03:46 and here I am in my comfortable existence
03:49 in Middle Class America,
03:51 part of Middle Class America
03:53 and read stories like Henry Martyn
03:55 and I feel rebuked because
03:59 I sense that we as a Christian community...
04:03 as a community of faith...
04:04 have come so far from the radical discipleship
04:07 and dedication that is our response to the love of God.
04:11 I read a book not too long ago, that's entitled,
04:14 "The Forgotten Ways" by Alan Hirsch
04:16 and I quote from this book
04:18 because here is an evangelical scholar
04:21 that does a penetrating self-analysis
04:24 of American Christianity
04:27 in comparison with first-century Christianity
04:30 and I quote, "I came to the conclusion
04:32 that there must be something about Middle Class culture
04:38 that seems to run contrary to authentic gospel values
04:40 and this is not to make a statement about Middle Class
04:43 per se,
04:44 I myself am from a very Middle Class family,
04:47 but rather to isolate some of the values and assumptions
04:51 that seem to just come along as part of the deal.
04:55 We need to be especially aware of cultural values
04:59 that we take for granted
05:01 because we cannot easily see them.
05:04 I noted earlier that much of this goes
05:06 by the name of 'Middle Class'
05:08 involves a preoccupation with safety and security
05:13 developed mostly in pursuit of what seems to be
05:16 the best for our children.
05:18 This focus is understandable
05:19 as long as it does not become obsessive
05:22 but when these impulses of middle-class culture
05:26 fuse with consumerism as they most often do,
05:29 we can add the obsession with comfort and convenience
05:34 to the list, this is not a good mix.
05:38 At least as far as the Lordship of Jesus,
05:42 discipleship, the gospel,
05:44 and missional movements are concerned. "
05:47 What Alan Hirsch is bringing out is this idea
05:51 that if we're not careful,
05:53 we can allow culture and cultural values
05:56 to fuse with Christianity so that we naturally assume
06:01 that these cultural entities are Christian
06:05 and we live in a culture today in middle-class America
06:09 where there is the tendency to become consumed
06:14 with security and convenience and consumerism
06:19 and when that becomes our ultimate obsession,
06:24 we can be set back in our Christian development
06:29 and our walk with Jesus Christ
06:31 because there are times in the Christian experience
06:34 when God calls us to do things that are not comfortable.
06:38 When God calls us to do things that are not convenient,
06:42 and when God calls us to give up everything
06:46 that we have to follow Him.
06:48 Now I want to make very clear here that...
06:50 that forsaking everything and following Jesus
06:53 is not meritorious,
06:54 we are saved by faith by Christ alone,
06:56 but in response to that love,
06:59 Christ is calling us to radical discipleship...
07:03 radical response to the love of God
07:06 and here is Jesus in the first century
07:08 saying in Luke chapter 14 verse 33,
07:10 "In the same way, those of you who do not give up
07:16 everything you may have cannot be my disciples. "
07:21 Jesus here, in the first century,
07:23 is making a radical appeal for discipleship,
07:26 again this is not meritorious, in other words,
07:28 Jesus is not saying that you give up everything
07:30 in order to "pay" for your salvation,
07:32 but what Jesus is saying...
07:34 in order to be a follower of Jesus,
07:37 you follow the Lamb wherever He goes
07:39 and the Lamb is going where?
07:42 The Lamb is going to the sacrifice,
07:45 the Lamb is going on a sacrificial path in journey
07:49 and Jesus is saying, "Look, if you are a follower of me,
07:53 you will cherish sacrifice...
07:56 you will follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ
08:00 and my fear is, in the 21st century,
08:03 so far removed from the radical discipleship
08:07 that Jesus called His disciples to be,
08:11 perhaps, we have imbibed cultural values
08:14 that we have not been discriminatingly analyzing
08:19 before inculcating into our Christian ethos
08:23 in our Christian community.
08:24 What Alan Hirsch is bringing out
08:27 is that American Middle Class values...
08:30 if consumerism...
08:32 and the obsession with comfort and security
08:36 becomes our number one goal,
08:37 it impedes in our discipleship...
08:40 in our following of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of our life.
08:47 Now, we've been going through the sanctuary,
08:49 and here is a bird's eye view of the sanctuary pattern
08:54 that was given by God to Moses
08:57 and we noted that God's plan is to bring us back...
09:00 here in the Most Holy Place, the Ark of the Covenant...
09:03 Adam and Eve had an Edenic perfection
09:06 in terms of every aspect,
09:08 especially in their relationship with God,
09:10 they were able to have a face-to-face communion with God
09:13 but because of sin,
09:15 Adam and Eve were taken outside of the gate.
09:18 The entire human race is outside of the gate
09:21 and God's plan of restoration is to bring us back,
09:24 He wants to bring us into the Courtyard...
09:26 into the Holy Place...
09:28 and into the Most Holy Place
09:31 and the focus of our study today,
09:34 is the Altar of Burnt Offering.
09:37 The first article of furniture that you come to
09:40 in the sanctuary...
09:41 and as we noted in a previous presentation,
09:44 this is where you come and accept Jesus
09:47 as Savior of your life.
09:49 You respond to the love of God
09:51 and you say, "Lord, I want to accept you as Savior of my life"
09:54 and when we are touched by the love of God...
09:58 there is a response that we give to God's love.
10:02 Now, the Altar of Burnt Offering
10:04 was a place where sacrifices took place.
10:07 It was the first article of furniture that you came to...
10:10 it was a brazen altar there in the Courtyard...
10:14 this represented the cross... the place where Jesus died...
10:18 Jesus came and died as the Lamb of God
10:21 who takes away the sins of the world.
10:25 Now, there's another sacrifice that took place
10:28 on the brazen altar
10:29 and this was different than the sin offering
10:32 or the trespass offering.
10:34 This particular offering took place in Leviticus chapter 1
10:38 now, if you're like me and you've attempted
10:40 to read through the Bible
10:42 and the privilege of being a pastor
10:45 is that you get paid to be spiritual...
10:47 and paid to read your Bible
10:48 and I've read the Bible multiple times
10:49 but I remember the first time I attempted to read the Bible,
10:52 I was getting through Genesis and Exodus and it was great...
10:54 then you get to Leviticus and it's like,
10:56 "Oh man! what in the world is going on here?"
10:58 All these sacrifices and rituals!
11:00 In Leviticus chapter 1,
11:02 we have the first sacrifice that is mentioned
11:06 and it is on the Altar of Burnt Offering...
11:09 I want to read about it here in Leviticus chapter 1
11:11 verses 8 and 9,
11:12 "Then the priest, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts,
11:15 the head... the fat,
11:17 in order on the wood that is on the fire upon the altar:
11:20 But he shall wash its entrails and its legs with water:
11:23 and the priest shall burn all on the altar,
11:27 as a burnt offering, an offering made by fire,
11:31 a sweet aroma to the LORD."
11:34 Notice that in Leviticus chapter 1,
11:36 in this particular sacrifice,
11:38 it was unique than all the other sacrifices before it,
11:42 they would take this animal into the sanctuary...
11:45 and the Bible is very clear that the entire animal
11:49 was to be burned on the altar.
11:51 In all of the other sacrifices, the priest would get a portion
11:55 or the sinner would get a portion
11:57 depending on the type of sacrifice
11:58 that the sinner brought into the sanctuary,
12:00 but in this particular sacrifice,
12:02 the entire animal was consumed on the altar.
12:06 Now, this burnt offering
12:09 was the most ancient type of offering that was offered,
12:12 it goes all the way back to the book of Genesis
12:15 in which Noah and the patriarchs
12:17 would offer burnt offerings to God
12:20 and this was the nature of the burnt offering.
12:22 Every part of the animal was consumed on the altar.
12:27 Now, if you're like me,
12:29 my natural response to this offering
12:32 is... "What a waste!
12:34 You take a perfectly good animal
12:37 and the priest doesn't even get to get a portion of it,
12:40 the entire animal is burnt on the altar... "
12:43 but you look at God's response to this type of offering,
12:49 the last phrase of Leviticus chapter 1 verse 9,
12:51 "An offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD."
12:57 In other words,
12:58 God's response to this particular type of offering
13:02 in which the entire animal was burned on the altar...
13:05 God didn't think, "Oh, what a waste!"
13:08 God actually thought, "That is sweet...
13:11 that's the best thing that could be offered. "
13:14 He says, "It is a sweet aroma to the Lord. "
13:18 Now, this offering symbolized our surrender...
13:22 and notice how much is surrendered,
13:24 all...
13:26 and God says... when we surrender all to Him,
13:29 he says, "that is sweet. "
13:31 Because that is the love response of every Christian
13:34 that has been touched by the love of Jesus Christ.
13:38 You want to say, "Lord, all to Jesus I surrender. "
13:42 We'll take a short break and when we come back,
13:46 we'll continue in this fascinating study
13:49 of the Altar of Burnt Offering
13:51 in which the sacrifice was consumed on the altar
13:54 a symbol of total surrender to God.


Revised 2019-10-08