Leviticus 7, vs. 26-33 with Betty

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28 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
29 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, He that offereth the sacrifice of his peace offerings unto the Lord shall bring his oblation unto the Lord of the sacrifice of his peace offerings.
30 His own hands shall bring the offerings of the Lord made by fire, the fat with the breast, it shall he bring, that the breast may be waved for a wave offering before the Lord.
31 And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast shall be Aaron’s and his sons’.
32 And the right shoulder shall ye give unto the priest for an heave offering of the sacrifices of your peace offerings.
33 He among the sons of Aaron, that offereth the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, shall have the right shoulder for his part.
34 For the wave breast and the heave shoulder have I taken of the children of Israel from off the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them unto Aaron the priest and unto his sons by a statute for ever from among the children of Israel.
K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

The Lord ordered the children of Israel to bring their peace offerings to be sacrificed with their own hands.  (To me this means, no servant delivery, no sending the offering with your son and no dropping it off at the door of the tabernacle.  It means take it and hand it to the priest  yourself to secure the benefit of your offering.)  We learn that  the fat of the offering is to be burned, the breast is to be waved before the Lord  for an offering but it will belong to Aaron and his sons, while the right shoulder is to go to the individual priest who makes the offering. At the conclusion of these instructions, the Lord reminds us that these offerings are to be taken from the children of Israel to be given to Aaron and his sons forever into the future.
Being a Christian in a predominantly Christian community, I have little knowledge about the Jewish faith today, but I find myself often wondering: are there still descendants of Aaron today who serve as priests in the tabernacles?  If anyone knows, pray do enlighten me!

Betty Killebrew

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Leviticus 7 vs. 22-27 with Betty

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And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

23 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.

24 And the fat of the beast that dieth of itself, and the fat of that which is torn with beasts, may be used in any other use: but ye shall in no wise eat of it.

25 For whosoever eateth the fat of the beast, of which men offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, even the soul that eateth it shall be cut off from his people.

26 Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings.

27 Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

In this reading, we learn that the Lord told the people of Israel that they were not to eat any animal that is offered as sacrifice by fire if it died by itself. They are also not to eat the fat of such animals or eat any blood.

The fact that the Lord tells the people these rules and associates them with such animals as may be used as sacrifices, indicates to me that He did indeed intend the rules that applied to priests in regard to handling animal sacrifices to be an example to the people.  And once again, this passage assures me in my conviction that the rules for the handling of sacrifices and the dietary restrictions of the people of Israel relate to the desire of the Lord to keep them healthy and free of diseases, such as those that might be borne by an animal that died of some unknown cause or from eating the “unclean” portions of any animal.

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Leviticus 7 vs.19-21with Betty

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19 And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing

shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof.

20 But the soul that eateth of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, that pertain unto the Lord, having his uncleanness upon him, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

21 Moreover the soul that shall touch any unclean thing, as the uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which pertain unto the Lord, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.
K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

The few verses I read for today describe “uncleanness”.  We learn that any of the flesh of the offerings that touches anything unclean cannot be eaten but must be burnt with fire. We also learn that anyone who has his own “uncleanness” upon him while eating the flesh of the sacrifice shall be cut off from his people.

This is again a reaffirmation of the way the rules devised by the Lord served as a protection for his people, both for the priests themselves and by example for others.  Protection from the “uncleanness” of man while touching or consuming offerings was another way to assure that disease was not transmitted. Such strict adherence to laws regarding cleanliness also encouraged the priests and the other people as well to treat those sacrifices made before the Lord in a Holy way.  The Lord having high standards would surely remind the people hold him in high regard

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Leviticus 7, vs. 11-18 with Betty

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11 And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the Lord.

12 If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.

13 Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.

14 And of it he shall offer one out of the whole oblation for an heave offering unto the Lord, and it shall be the priest’s that sprinkleth the blood of the peace offerings.

15 And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning.

16 But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten:

17 But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.

18 And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My thoughts:

Verse 11 of Leviticus 7 mentions the sacrifice of peace offerings for thanksgiving. For thanksgiving, along with the sacrifice, unleavened cakes mingled with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil and cakes of fine flour, mingled with oil and fried.  Verse 13 says “Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.”  This part comes as a surprise to me as it is the first time I recall the use of leavened bread being asked of the Hebrews.

We also learn that a peace offering for Thanksgiving must be eaten the same day it is offered.  It cannot be saved for another day.

We learn however that a voluntary peace offering can be eaten the day of the sacrifice and the day after but on the third day the remainder must be burnt with fire.  If any is eaten on the third day it is unacceptable and an abomination.
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Leviticus 7, vs. 1-10 with Betty

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7 Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy.

2 In the place where they kill the burnt offering shall they kill the trespass offering: and the blood thereof shall he sprinkle round about upon the altar.

3 And he shall offer of it all the fat thereof; the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards,

4 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul that is above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away:

5 And the priest shall burn them upon the altar for an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a trespass offering.

6 Every male among the priests shall eat thereof: it shall be eaten in the holy place: it is most holy.

7 As the sin offering is, so is the trespass offering: there is one law for them: the priest that maketh atonement therewith shall have it.

8 And the priest that offereth any man’s burnt offering, even the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt offering which he hath offered.

9 And all the meat offering that is baken in the oven, and all that is dressed in the fryingpan, and in the pan, shall be the priest’s that offereth it.

10 And every meat offering, mingled with oil, and dry, shall all the sons of Aaron have, one as much as another.

My Thoughts:

Today’s reading includes a description of how the “trespass offering” is to be handled.  We learn that the priests will eat the trespass offering after burning the fat upon the fire as a sacrifice and taking away the kidneys and the caul.   We also learn that the priest who offers the burnt offering will himself have the skin.

The idea of the priest having “the skin” is a little confusing to me.  Does that mean the priest will have the skin for use as leather?  That is my best guess. If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know.

In like manner, we learn here that the priest who offers a meat offering also has a special interest. That offering belongs entirely to him if baked in an oven or dressed in the frying pan.  However, all the priests will share any meat offering “mingled with oil, and dry.”  Once again, I’m not sure what kind of meat offering belongs entirely to the priest who offers it and what kind belongs to all the priests.  If I had to make an assumption here, I would think that the priest would have any meat offering of something already prepared while a meat offering that arrived as fine meal and oil would be shared by all to be prepared as bread or cakes when needed; but as I am basically at sea here, I would ask that if someone knows otherwise they would please let me know.

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Leviticus 6, vs. 24-30 with Betty

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 24 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

25 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed before the Lord: it is most holy.

26 The priest that offereth it for sin shall eat it: in the holy place shall it be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation.

27 Whatsoever shall touch the flesh thereof shall be holy: and when there is sprinkled of the blood thereof upon any garment, thou shalt wash that whereon it was sprinkled in the holy place.

28 But the earthen vessel wherein it is sodden shall be broken: and if it be sodden in a brasen pot, it shall be both scoured, and rinsed in water.

29 All the males among the priests shall eat thereof: it is most holy.

30 And no sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire.

My Thoughts:

Today’s reading is an interesting passage about the sin offering.  To the best of my understanding, the sin offering is to be handled just like the burnt offering.  The priests are to eat the sin offering in the holy place of the tabernacle.  This offering is said to be “most holy” but there are specific orders regarding the blood of the sin offering. A sin offering is not to be eaten if any blood is brought in with it.  The garments upon which blood is sprinkled must be washed in a basin and the basin must then be both scoured and rinsed in water.

It seems to me that these rules serve as a great protection against diseases being transmitted through either the blood itself or through contamination of clothing or vessels by leaving bloody residue. Thus while the Lord requires the people to offer a sacrifice for sin, he assures that the priests eat and that all remain healthy.  As I know that the Lord himself has no need of these sacrifices, I am amazed by the many purposes he accomplishes when he requires such allegiance from his people.

Betty Killebrew

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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

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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.)

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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.

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Leviticus 6, vs. 1-7 with Betty

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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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