Aaron was dead, and Moses himself had but two or three months to live, it was desirable that this new generation should have this ordinance enjoined from God himself, that they might be duly impressed with a sense of its great importance. The repetition of it moreover is of use to us, inasmuch as it shews us, that some deep mystery must be contained in it, and that much valuable instruction is to be de- rived from it. Let us then consider, I. The matter of which this offering consisted — There two very distinct offerings united ; 1. The lamb— [This was to be " of the first year," and " without spot;" and it was to be slain, and then consumed by fire upon the altar, as " a sacrifice of a sweet savour unto the Lord." Can any one doubt what this imported ? Can any one fail to see in this a type of the Lord Jesus Christ, whom one Apostle speaks of as " a lamb without blemish, and without spot*^;" and another Apostle represents as "the Lamb," even "the Lamb that was slain '^," to whom all the glorified Saints in heaven ascribe the honour of their salvation, saying, " Salvation to our God which sittetli upon the throne, and unto theLamu*!" It is worthy of observation, that the very first sacrifices of which any mention is made in Scripture, were lambs. It was " of the firstlings of his flock" that Abel offered; and by that offering he obtained very peculiar tokens of God's favour and acceptance ^ And there is reason to believe, that the skins, with which Adam and Eve were, by God's appointment, clothed immcdi- 'atcly after the fall, were of lambs which they had previously of- fered in sacrifice*^: and in reference to this early appointment, as well as to the everlasting decrees of God, the Lord Jesus is called " The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world''." We shall not detain you in order to point out the correspon- dence between Christ and these spotless lambs, in the perfec- tion ] ' P^'t- '• IP- " Rev. v. 8, 9. ' Rev. vii. 10.