The opinion is widely held, that the sacrifices and offerings of the Hebrews possess no significance for Christians, and can be of no interest to them. This opinion is without foundation. It is true that the ceremonies of the Mosaic law are not now to be observed; but, when rightly understood, they are seen to be all aglow with sacred and important truths. These rites, appointed by Jehovah himself, were like so many beacons to light up the path of God's ancient people, and to direct their minds to the great sacrifice to be offered for the sins of men. Viewed in the light of the cross, they contain most precious lessons for the people of God today.
The life of every sacrifice, from the first one offered at the gate of Eden down to the cross, was a type of Christ
Everything connected with the offerings was to represent some form of the great Offering, who was the true Sin-bearer, these offerings being but types and shadows. That there was no virtue in the blood of these animals is evident from what the apostle says:
"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins." (Hebrews 10:4.)
They were to see in these sacrifices the great Sacrifice who would bear away the sins of the world. (John 1:29)
The offerings were divided in to two great classes
The sin and trespass offering were offered up before the others; because a person could not appreciate the meaning of the sweet-savor offerings, until he had experienced the blessings of the sin-offferings, and received expiation.
Every one of these offerings taught some great truth concerning the Messiah, the Saviour of the world. They were to teach the priests and people the forgiveness of sin, the atonement through the blood; the pardon of a trespass after a man had been forgiven his sin and committed error; the giving of his whole life to God after his sins were forgiven, as illustrated in the whole burnt offering; the meat offering, the feeding of the whole life upon the salvation of God; the peace offering, the sweet peace which comes to the soul through the Lord Jesus.