Mar 4, 2018

The Five Sacrifices of Christ—The Peace Offering

LIFE GROUP STUDY 3

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

For centuries, Christians have approached the weeks leading up to Easter as a time to focus on their need for God.  We have called this time "Lent".  While Lent rightfully reaches crescendo with Jesus's resurrection, a large amount of attention should be given to what accomplishes this:  The Cross.  It is in the Cross where all of our needs have been met by Christ.

It's easy for us to see the Cross in isolation and reduce it's meaning down to "forgiveness of sins".  Granted, that is GREAT news, but it is only one dimension of what the Cross accomplishes for us sinners.  Four others are outlined and foreshadowed in the Old Testament.  In order to explore these mutually beneficial dimensions, we will walk through these Old Testament sacrifices to see how Christ's death gives us more than we could imagine.


Scripture | The Peace Offering—Leviticus 3:1-5 + 7:1-15

  1. Think about the people you are closest to.  How are those relationships different from others?  How did you get so close to them?  What choices did you make to be close to them?  Do you think you could get closer to them?
    How would you do it?
  2. Think about people you used to be close with.  Why aren’t you close with them anymore?  What happened?  Do you want to be close with them again?  Why? What would it take to get close to them again?
  3. Think about your relationship with God.  Are you close to Him?  Why or why not? How would you like to be closer to Him?
  4. Read the entire Scripture for this study.  What do you think is the “Peace Offering’s” purpose?  What would a “peaceful” relationship with God look like? Feel like?  (hint:  First read it from an ESV, then from an NIV translation)
  5. Read Lev. 7:15(a), 28-35.  What do these passages say?  Why is it important that this is a meal?  What do you think this symbolizes?
  6. Read Lev. 7:15(b).  Why do you think it’s required that the entire sacrifice is eaten the same day?
  7. How is Jesus the fulfillment of the peace offering?
  8. What are some ways that we can enjoy our communion with God?  How can we know him better?