Memory Text: “Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18, 19, NASB).
The sacrificial system is, probably, the best known part of the sanctuary service because it’s the part that points directly to Christ’s sacrifice. The blood of the animal that died for the sinner becomes a symbol for the blood of Christ, who died for us.
This week we will study several concepts linked to the “purification offering” (also called “sin offering”), which was God’s appointed way of helping us to understand better how He is reconciling us to Himself through the only true sacrifice, Jesus Christ. At times this lesson, uses the term purification offering instead of sin offering to avoid the impression that, for instance, giving birth is regarded as moral fault because the new mother had to present such an offering (Lev. 12:5–8). This sacrifice is best understood as a purification offering for her ritual impurity, and not as a sacrifice because of sin.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, November 2.