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KOORI - How does the burnt offering in the OT
relate to Jesus and his life? Why must it be fully consumed, and how do we see this fulfilled in Jesus life?
JOEL - Adam was told that the sacrifices he made was in
similitude of the atoning sacrifice of Christ (Moses
In the Mosiac system (Lev. 9: 2-3, 7, 10, 12-14,
16-17, 22, 24) Christ can represent the sacrificial
offering, the priest performing the ordinince, and the
one offering the sacrifice.
The sacrifice had to be a male animal without blemish
(goat, bullock, dove, etc); a representation of Jesus
who lived an entire life without sin.
The Levitical priest acted as the mediator standing
between God and man; another representation of Christ
who is the great mediator between us and God(2 Ne. 2:
27-28, 1 Tim. 2: 5). This has not changed in present
day, for it is the priest in the Aaronic or Levitical
Priesthood who kneels at the sacrament table to bless
both bread and water(D&C 20:46).
In the instance of the burnt offering Christ can also
be seen as the offerer, in the sense that He must
comply with all ritual "to fulfill all righteousness",
as He did when he was baptized by John (Matt 3:15).
Those offering the sacrifice would lay their hands on
the sacrificial animal, symbolizing transference of
their sins of the people to the animal (Num. 8:10-12).
Among the offerings called for in the Mosaic law, only
the burnt offering was to be entirely consumed. This
was a representation of the complete submission of
Jesus to the will of God for the salvation of His
children. A similar promise is also made by present
day saints who covenant to live the law of sacrifice;
to give all our heart, might, mind, and strength to
the building of the kingdom of God (D&C 4:2).