Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin-offering, and a ram for a burnt-offering.
Then Abraham took the wood for the burnt-offering and laid it on Isaac, his son.
He had not reckoned on a bursting boiler, which would be out of place, to say the least, in a burnt-offering.
Isaac said, "Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering?"
But it was the law of the burnt-offering that it should be wholly consumed upon the holy altar at the door of the tent of meeting.
He offered upon that altar a thousand animals as a burnt-offering.
How deeply, in his sense of sin, would he have entered into the meaning of the burnt-offering!
So also the burnt-offering was still, by Divine ordinance, to be the most common.
Im pleased with the notion of offering myself as a burnt-offering to myself, he declared; such a compliment!
And now follow the special directions for the burnt-offering.
Hebrew _olah_; i.e., "ascending," the whole being consumed by fire, and regarded as ascending to God while being consumed. Part of every offering was burnt in the sacred fire, but this was wholly burnt, a "whole burnt offering." It was the most frequent form of sacrifice, and apparently the only one mentioned in the book of Genesis. Such were the sacrifices offered by Abel (Gen. 4:3, 4, here called _minhah_; i.e., "a gift"), Noah (Gen. 8:20), Abraham (Gen. 22:2, 7, 8, 13), and by the Hebrews in Egypt (Ex. 10:25). The law of Moses afterwards prescribed the occasions and the manner in which burnt sacrifices were to be offered. There were "the continual burnt offering" (Ex. 29:38-42; Lev. 6:9-13), "the burnt offering of every sabbath," which was double the daily one (Num. 28:9, 10), "the burnt offering of every month" (28:11-15), the offerings at the Passover (19-23), at Pentecost (Lev. 23:16), the feast of Trumpets (23:23-25), and on the day of Atonement (Lev. 16). On other occasions special sacrifices were offered, as at the consecration of Aaron (Ex. 29) and the dedication of the temple (1 Kings 8:5, 62-64). Free-will burnt offerings were also permitted (Lev. 1:13), and were offered at the accession of Solomon to the throne (1 Chr. 29:21), and at the reformation brought about by Hezekiah (2 Chr. 29: 31-35). These offerings signified the complete dedication of the offerers unto God. This is referred to in Rom. 12:1. (See ALTAR ØT0000185, SACRIFICE.)