Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.
6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the Lord for his sin which he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin.
7 And if he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass, which he hath committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, unto the Lord; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.
8 And he shall bring them unto the priest, who shall offer that which is for the sin offering first, and wring off his head from his neck, but shall not divide it asunder:
9 And he shall sprinkle of the blood of the sin offering upon the side of the altar; and the rest of the blood shall be wrung out at the bottom of the altar: it is a sin offering.
10 And he shall offer the second for a burnt offering, according to the manner: and the priest shall make an atonement for him for his sin which he hath sinned, and it shall be forgiven him.
11 But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any frankincense thereon: for it is a sin offering.
12 Then shall he bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it, even a memorial thereof, and burn it on the altar, according to the offerings made by fire unto the Lord: it is a sin offering.
13 And the priest shall make an atonement for him as touching his sin that he hath sinned in one of these, and it shall be forgiven him: and the remnant shall be the priest’s, as a meat offering.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Beginning in verse 6 of Levitucus 5, the Lord tells what people must offer as a sin offering and as an offering for attonement for the sins as were described in the first four verses of the chapter.
A lamb without blemish is a suitable offering for the sin and the priest would make attonement.
If the sinner cannot bring a lamb he may bring two turtledoves young pigeons, one for a sin offering and one for a burnt offering.
If he is not able to offer either turtledoves or pigeons, he is to bring an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering. One handful of the fine flour will be burned as a sin offering and the priests will have the rest as a meat offering.
We can tell by the offerings requested by the Lord that he wants the offerings to represent a real sacrifice for the people. They are in effect being told that they must make an offering according to their ability. It seems to me that a rich man must give the lamb because he can afford to do so. A poor man receives the same “attonement” with the offering of an ephah of flour. Had the Lord requested the same offering from all Hebrews, it would not have been meaningful for the rich man and would not have been possible for the poor man.
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