Leviticus 6, vs. 19-23 with Betty

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 19 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

20 This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which they shall offer unto the Lord in the day when he is anointed; the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meat offering perpetual, half of it in the morning, and half thereof at night.

21 In a pan it shall be made with oil; and when it is baken, thou shalt bring it in: and the baken pieces of the meat offering shalt thou offer for a sweet savour unto the Lord.

22 And the priest of his sons that is anointed in his stead shall offer it: it is a statute for ever unto the Lord; it shall be wholly burnt.

23 For every meat offering for the priest shall be wholly burnt: it shall not be eaten.

My Thoughts:

In today’s reading I learned that the priests of the tabernacle, when anointed, must also participate in sacrifice before the Lord, being required to offer a tenth part of an ephah of fine flour (half in morning and half at night): “… it is a statute for ever unto the Lord; it shall be wholly burnt.

23 For every meat offering for the priest shall be wholly burnt: it shall not be eaten.”

This provision by the Lord makes me see clearly that He wished his people to remember, at the time of every important event of their lives, that all that they had was provided by Him.  The sacrifices they made served to remind them of this.

Betty Killebrew

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Leviticus 6, vs. 14-18 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.
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14 And this is the law of the meat offering: the sons of Aaron shall offer it before the Lord, before the altar.

15 And he shall take of it his handful, of the flour of the meat offering, and of the oil thereof, and all the frankincense which is upon the meat offering, and shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour, even the memorial of it, unto the Lord.

16 And the remainder thereof shall Aaron and his sons eat: with unleavened bread shall it be eaten in the holy place; in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation they shall eat it.

17 It shall not be baken with leaven. I have given it unto them for their portion of my offerings made by fire; it is most holy, as is the sin offering, and as the trespass offering.

18 All the males among the children of Aaron shall eat of it. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations concerning the offerings of the Lord made by fire: every one that toucheth them shall be holy.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Verse 14 of Leviticus 6 tells us about the law of the meat offering and how, after the priest offers a handful of the flour as a meat offering, the remainder is for Aaron and his sons to eat.  It is to be baked with no leaven and is to be most holy as is the sin offering and the trespass offering.  These offerings are reserved for the children of Aaron (the statute being forever) for everyone that touches these offerings must be holy.  (You will recall that Aaron and his sons have been appointed priests by the Lord.  Only they are holy; only they can visit the altar and only they can partake of the priests’ portion of the offerings given to the Lord.)

Betty Killebrew

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Leviticus 6, vs. 8-13 with Betty

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8 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

9 Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it.

10 And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen breeches shall he put upon his flesh, and take up the ashes which the fire hath consumed with the burnt offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar.

11 And he shall put off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry forth the ashes without the camp unto a clean place.

12 And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings.

13 The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Beginning in Leviticus 6, Verse 8, we learn the law of the burnt offering.

We learn that the burnt offering is to be left on the fire all night, tended to by the priest in his holy garments, that the priest is to change his clothes before carrying the ashes away from the camp and that the fire is to be continually burning and the priest  is to lay the wood on the fire in the morning and thereon burn the fat of the peace offerings, never letting the fire go out.

The simple fact I can see here is that the fire whereon offerings are made to the Lord is to be treated with reverence by a priest in his holy clothes. Even the ashes are to be disposed of in a proper mannerm but those holy clothes must be removed before this mundane task is completed.

The priests themselves are to be responsible for this holy fire and the ashes created.

Betty Killebrew

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This Life is not all there is…

This life is not all there is…

Do not despair at the speed
With which life dashes away
For someday you’ll be where an eon
Is just like a single day;

Just turn to our Lord for guidance;
His staff is ever in view
You can walk with Him with assurance
There’s a heavenly home for you.

B. Killebrew

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Three Kinds of Christians

Feeling a little desperate, I was wondering why God let me endure so much when this thought crossed my mind:  “Am I a fair weather Christian?”  If I’m a fair weather Christian, perhaps I seem to believe and even honestly think I believe when all is well and then blame God and turn against Him when stormy or bad weather comes into my life.  I don’t think that’s true of me in spite of my desperate moment.

There are, of course, Christians of the opposite kind—those that cling to a buoy in stormy weather but float carefree along in calm waters, caring not about their savior when all is well.  You have probably heard about Christians like this.  They say there are no atheists in foxholes. Sadly, for many years I was this type of Christian; but I think I have grown in Christianity over the years.

The third type of Christian is the kind I want to be and hope to be most of the time.  This type is thankful for blessings and turns to God with thanks for all the good things in life.  When things sour, they turn to God for direction and when God says, “No” they try to understand;  and through all times and all disturbances, no matter what happens, they have the peace of the presence of the Lord in their lives.

Which kind of Christian are you?

B. Killebrew

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Leviticus 6, vs. 1-7 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.
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6 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the Lord, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;

3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:

4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,

5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.

6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the Lord, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:

7 And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the Lord: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

In reading today’s selection, I found that the topic has turned to the sins we commit upon our fellow man—sins of lying against our neighbors or of stealing from them or misappropriating items placed in our hands for safekeeping.

This is what the Lord says about making amends:

“… he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.”

The atonement offering to the Lord for this sin is once again the offering of a ram without blemish.

It is clear to see that the Lord would never allow anyone to profit from dishonesty with their fellow man.  In addition to the need to offer a ram without blemish for attonement, a sinner would need to give back what was gotten by dishonest means and to also give back an extra 20% of its value.  Surely any man who feared the Lord would be determined to live honestly and avoid such penalties; but for those who fell from honesty, paying such a penalty would bring them back on track with determination to do right in the future.

Betty Killebrew

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A Real Pain in the Neck

Can someone literally be
A pain in the neck to you?
Yes, I can assure you,
That’s entirely true.

When stress and tension gather
Little neck muscles in a knot,
It feels like there’s a vice
In which your neck is caught.

And someone harsh
Or filled with gloom
Can stress you
To this neck pain doom;

So if someone
Is stressful
And makes your neck
Feel dreadful,

My advice
Is very plain–
Walk away
And forget their name.

  Betty Killebrew

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Leviticus 5, vs. 14-19 with Betty

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14 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

15 If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the Lord; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the Lord a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering.

16 And he shall make amends for the harm that he hath done in the holy thing, and shall add the fifth part thereto, and give it unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him.

17 And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the Lord; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.

18 And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance wherein he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him.

19 It is a trespass offering: he hath certainly trespassed against the Lord.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

This last part of Leviticus 5 deals with two types of sin and the offering the Lord told the Hebrews to make as atonement. The first sin mentioned in verse 15 is for a soul to commit a trespass sin through ignorance in the holy things of the Lord. The offering for this trespass is a ram without blemish and shekels of silver according to Moses estimation.  He must make amends for harm he did to the holy thing by its value plus a fifth part more to be given to the priest. The priest will also take the ram for an atonement offering and the sinner will be forgiven.

Verse 17 says, “And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the Lord…” We learn that this too is a trespass sin against the Lord and must be atoned for with a ram without blemish.

It would seem that the sins for which the Lord asks the highest offering are those which concern the people’s relationship with him and his tabernacle.  The temple and all things he has pronounced holy are not to be damaged and there are certain things the Lord has forbidden man to do.  Those things require the sacrifice of a ram for atonement.

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He did his Duty

Below is a small portion of a long character sketch I wrote many years ago.  This little slice of life essay is about a man, my father, who established for his family the true meaning of the word “Father.”  I believe there would be fewer problems in the world today if only most men were still like my dad.
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To augment his schoolteacher salary, for a number of years, back when corner stores were better known than supermarkets, my dad filled in as a grocery store clerk at one of the larger such stores in our community.  The cash registers in those days rang up sales but only after someone tallied up the sale total. Dad could run his pencil down a long column of figures listing customer purchases and speedily arrive at the correct sum.

Later on, after the corner stores went the way of the dinosaur, Dad had another career as a taxi driver, first driving for a local cab owner and later buying the business  and running it for some years—although in this case “business” means one car, used as a taxi and also as his personal vehicle.

We never went anywhere with Dad, even out of town, that he did not meet someone he knew.  His three jobs had one thing in common—they kept him in the public eye.  He was so well-known that we were sure that in any city in the United States he would meet someone he knew in the first half hour.

My mother suffered from several different chronic illnesses. As the years passed, they grew worse, even as a total of five children were born in the family.  We all lived in a house with only four rooms, a circumstances I’m sure was shared by many of our neighbors in those post depression and war years.  Perhaps, however, some of those families had more ready cash than we did.  Even though Dad usually taught all day and worked at the grocery all evening, with all the medical expenses we incurred, there wasn’t enough money for us to own a car.  Dad hitched rides to school with other teachers during most of his teaching career. There was a bus he occasionally rode to and from the grocery store, but many times he saved the dime by riding the distance of around four miles to and from his extra job on his bike.

The bike was about the only way he went anywhere.  Mom often had to call a taxi to take her or us to the doctor because the bus required walking at least a country block to the bus stop and Mom’s asthma seldom allowed her to do so.  Dad however, usually went places on his bike.  For me, as a pre-schooler, there was a little wooden seat Dad called his “buddy seat” that was fastened to the “boy” bar of his bike. That way, as he rode, I was always right in front of him and encircled by his arms.

At that time I used to stutter and I had a serious inability to pronounce the letter “R.”  As we rode along, Dad, ever the teacher, would talk with me, encouraging me to think ahead about what I was going to say so I would be able to get it out without error.

He used to take me to town on Saturday mornings and one place I loved to go was the junk yard.  Dad was always working on bikes for one of us kids and he would scavenge the junk yard for parts.  One time, how-ever, he incurred my mother’s wrath by taking me with him to a pool parlor.  Mom didn’t think much of pool parlors.

Some years later, after the grocery closed, Dad worked as the night manager of a pool room for a year or two.  Mother never did like that. She thought that as a school teacher, Dad was compromising his integrity by working in such a den of inequity.

I was always proud that my father was a well-respected man.  I used to think being a teacher made him a special kind of person, but today I realize that the most special thing about him was not his career, but the way he persevered.  The mantel of respect always falls on those who consistently do their duty and that’s what my father did.

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Leviticus 5, vs. 6-13 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.
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 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

My Thoughts:

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.

Betty Killebrew

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