The burnt offering was always to be a male animal: a ram, a goat, a bullock or a pigeon; and it had to be without blemish. The worshiper placed his hands on the animal to show that it was a sacrifice for his own shortcomings. The burnt offering symbolized the entire surrender to God, therefore the whole animal, except for the skin, which went to the priests, was offered to God. It was left smoulder all night into ashes, and the ashes were removed in the morning. The blood of the animal was thrown on the corners of the altar as a further sign that the life of the animal given in death had been dedicated to God.

The burnt offering formed the daily morning and evening service in the Tabernacle, while on sabbaths, new moons, and festivals additional burnt offerings followed the ordinary worship. More...