Trespass Offerings

Q. I understand the typologies of many of the offerings in the book of Leviticus concerning Christ’s sacrifice for us. I have trouble understanding why they are to bring a female from the flock for a trespass offering. How does a female typify Christ?

A. According to “The Temple: It’s Ministry And Services” by Alfred Edersheim, trespass offerings were for those sins committed in ignorance or for sins that were voluntarily confessed after the fact. This meant that the person offering the sacrifice was either unaware that his actions constituted sin until later or the sin was committed in private. In such cases a female offering was specified. Public sin required the sacrifice of a male lamb. Both male and female lambs were considered to be substitutionary.

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