Of Males and Animals

The Lord speaks.

“If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord.” (Leviticus 1:3, ESV)

Kleinig speaks.

“The requirement that the sacrificial animal be a male relates to the biblical principle of male headship. Eve was created out of Adam, and the man is the head of his wife just as Christ is the head of the man and God the Father is the head of Christ (1 Cor 11:1-16). St. Paul refers again to the headship of the man over the woman and of Christ over the church immediately before affirming that Christ gave himself up as the sacrifice that cleanses his bride, the church, so that he may present her as unblemished before God the Father (Eph 5:23-27)” (John Kleinig, Leviticus (St. Louis: Concordia, 2003)fn.13,66).


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