1:3–17 The burnt offering begins the list of sacrifices because it was the sacrifice offered most frequently. Its distinctive feature was that the whole animal, except for the skin, was burned on the altar. This symbolized the total consecration of the worshiper to God’s service, and served to cover the sins of the worshiper (v. 4 and note). The regulations begin by specifying the most expensive kind of animal that could be offered, the bull (vv. 2–9), and end with the cheapest, the young pigeon (vv. 14–17).