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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Leviticus 5, vs. 6-13 with Betty

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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.

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Leviticus 5, vs. 1-5 with Betty

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5 And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity.

2 Or if a soul touch any unclean thing, whether it be a carcase of an unclean beast, or a carcase of unclean cattle, or the carcase of unclean creeping things, and if it be hidden from him; he also shall be unclean, and guilty.

3 Or if he touch the uncleanness of man, whatsoever uncleanness it be that a man shall be defiled withal, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty.

4 Or if a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it be that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these.

5 And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he hath sinned in that thing:

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

The first four verses of Leviticus 5 describe some modes of sinning.

Verse 1—If a soul knows of a sin or sees one and is sworn as a witness he must tell of it or bear iniquity.

Verse 2—Touching an unclean thing (even if it is hidden from he who touches it) such as an unclean carcass or the carcass of a creeping thing makes one unclean and guilty.

Verse 3—Touching the uncleaness of man leaves one guilty of sin.

Verse 4—Swearing—either to do evil or to do good—with an oath is a sin.

In verse 5 we learn that those who commit the sins of the first 4 verses are to confess.

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Leviticus 4, vs. 13-35 with Betty

Week 42-7 November 27, 2012—Leviticus 4, verses 13-35  with Betty

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13 And if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty;

14 When the sin, which they have sinned against it, is known, then the congregation shall offer a young bullock for the sin, and bring him before the tabernacle of the congregation.

15 And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands upon the head of the bullock before the Lord: and the bullock shall be killed before the Lord.

16 And the priest that is anointed shall bring of the bullock’s blood to the tabernacle of the congregation:

17 And the priest shall dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord, even before the vail.

18 And he shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar which is before the Lord, that is in the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall pour out all the blood at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

19 And he shall take all his fat from him, and burn it upon the altar.

20 And he shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock for a sin offering, so shall he do with this: and the priest shall make an atonement for them, and it shall be forgiven them.

21 And he shall carry forth the bullock without the camp, and burn him as he burned the first bullock: it is a sin offering for the congregation.

22 When a ruler hath sinned, and done somewhat through ignorance against any of the commandments of the Lord his God concerning things which should not be done, and is guilty;

23 Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a male without blemish:

24 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the goat, and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering before the Lord: it is a sin offering.

25 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out his blood at the bottom of the altar of burnt offering.

26 And he shall burn all his fat upon the altar, as the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall make an atonement for him as concerning his sin, and it shall be forgiven him.

27 And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty;

28 Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned.

29 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering.

30 And the priest shall take of the blood thereof with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar.

31 And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat is taken away from off the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the priest shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour unto the Lord; and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him.

32 And if he bring a lamb for a sin offering, he shall bring it a female without blemish.

33 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay it for a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering.

34 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar:

35 And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat of the lamb is taken away from the sacrifice of the peace offerings; and the priest shall burn them upon the altar, according to the offerings made by fire unto the Lord: and the priest shall make an atonement for his sin that he hath committed, and it shall be forgiven him.

My thoughts:

Today’s reading which is for Leviticus 4, verses 13 through 35, continues with the instructions for sin offerings.  Specific instructions are given for if the entire congregation sin through ignorance (sacrifice of a bullock before the Lord—a bullock brought to be sacrificed by the elders.) Additional instruction is about the sacrifice to be given for the sin of a ruler or that of a common man. As the instructions are virtually the same in each case, it begins to seem repetitious.  When I pondered on that however, I thought back to when I was a child and learned the alphabet and how to count by repetition after repetition.  Perhaps the very fact that the rules for each sacrifice—whether firstfruits, peace or sin offerings–were very much the same was another way the Lord was able to reinforce his message to the people.

As I write this, I am thinking of the old story, “The House that Jack Built.”  This is an easy book for a child to learn to read because only one new item is added before all the former are repeated. In the same way as the story unfolds in “The House that Jack Built” the Lord was unfolding his basic premises to the children of Israel in a way they could not misunderstand.

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Levitcus 4, vs. 1-12 with Betty

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4 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them:

3 If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the Lord for a sin offering.

4 And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock’s head, and kill the bullock before the Lord.

5 And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock’s blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation:

6 And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before the Lord, before the vail of the sanctuary.

7 And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the Lord, which is in the tabernacle of the congregation; and shall pour all the blood of the bullock at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

8 And he shall take off from it all the fat of the bullock for the sin offering; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

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

10 As it was taken off from the bullock of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall burn them upon the altar of the burnt offering.

11 And the skin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards, and his dung,

12 Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt.

My Thoughts:

In Leviticus 4 the discussion of laws for sacrifice centers on the sacrifice for a sin offering.  It begins by saying,  “If a soul shall sin through ignorance…” and continues to delineate the offerings required to be sacrificed by those who commit sin.

Verse 3 mentions the sin of the priest and tells how the sacrifice for the  sin offering will be carried out.

My thought originally was that the sin offering, a bullock, might be a more expensive offering than the young kid or lamb that was to be offered for a “firstfruits” offering or a “peace offering because the lamb and kid were required offerings for all Israelites while the sin offering was conditional upon a sin being committed.  However, after looking ahead, I see that while the  offering for sin of the entire community is a bullock, the sin offering for a ruler and for the common people is not an expensive bullock but a young goat without blemish. (We will see this as we continue reading Leviticus 4.)   Apparently because the priests held a higher position in the community, they must make a greater sacrifice.

You will note that the preparation of the bullock however was much the same as that of the kid or lamb for the other sacrifices.  As I read the instructions, I continue to believe that cleanliness and safety of the food sources was a primary motivation to the careful instructions given by the Lord.  This is reinforced by this final verse of today’s selection:

“Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt.”

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Leviticus 3 with Betty

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3 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer it of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the Lord.

2 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.

3 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the Lord; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

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

5 And Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.

6 And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the Lord be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.

7 If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the Lord.

8 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons shall sprinkle the blood thereof round about upon the altar.

9 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the Lord; the fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

10 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

11 And the priest shall burn it upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire unto the Lord.

12 And if his offering be a goat, then he shall offer it before the Lord.

13 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of it, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and the sons of Aaron shall sprinkle the blood thereof upon the altar round about.

14 And he shall offer thereof his offering, even an offering made by fire unto the Lord; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

15 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

16 And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the Lord’s.

17 It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.

My Thoughts:

In the previous chapter the Lord spelled out for us the requirements for the offering of firstfruits.  In this chapter the same is done for the “sacrifice of peace.”

We learn that the unblemished animal to be  sacrificed is to be killed at the door of the tabernacle. Then the priests are to sprinkle the blood around the altar and remove the fat and the caul over the liver and burn it as well. The scripture says in verse 5 “And Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.”

Again, in verses 16 and 17 the scripture says, “16 And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the Lord’s.

“17 It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.”

It seems to me here that the Lord was using the rules of sacrifice as a clear direction for the children of Israel to follow as they handled meat to be consumed.  These directions surely were not for the benefit of the Lord—He had no need of these sacrifices.  However, his rules assured fresh meat for the priests—and by example the rest of the Israelites.  It also assured that the meat was drained of the blood and divested of all the other parts that were not healthy to eat.  Truly the Israelites were God’s chosen people as he protected them in every way possible even as he led them to the promised land of Canaan.

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Leviticus 2, vs. 11-15 with Betty

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No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the Lord, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the Lord made by fire.

12 As for the oblation of the firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the Lord: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour.

13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.

14 And if thou offer a meat offering of thy firstfruits unto the Lord, thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy firstfruits green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears.

15 And thou shalt put oil upon it, and lay frankincense thereon: it is a meat offering:

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

In today’s reading we learned that the Lord’s instructions are that none of the “meat” offerings be leaven.  Just as in the time of the Passover, all the burnt offerings are to be free of leaven. We now also learn that honey is also to be eschewed in the burnt offerings.

The Lord also instructs that the firstfruits that are to be offered to the Lord must not be used as burnt offerings.  Although still referred to as a “meat” offering the firstfruits are ordered to be “green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears.”

I may be in error, but it seems that this means the firstfruits are grain and that the fact that it says “even corn” may well mean those perfectly formed without blemish.  As in many cases in the Lord’s instructions to the Israelites, this would protect from the introduction of any blemished or diseased corn when the “firstfruits” were sacrificed.

It is even possible—at least in my mind—that having such “firstfruits” on hand might serve as a repository of healthy seed if the crops were to become contaminated by disease.  This would depend, of course, on whether the priests kept a store of such “firstfruits” and did not immediately make use of the grain.  Perhaps somewhere later we will learn more about the use of the “firstfruits.”

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Leviticus 2, vs. 1-10 with Betty

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2 And when any will offer a meat offering unto the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon: 2 And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord: 3 And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons': it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the Lord made by fire. 4 And if thou bring an oblation of a meat offering baken in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil.

5 And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in a pan, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mingled with oil.

6 Thou shalt part it in pieces, and pour oil thereon: it is a meat offering.

7 And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in the fryingpan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil.

8 And thou shalt bring the meat offering that is made of these things unto the Lord: and when it is presented unto the priest, he shall bring it unto the altar.

9 And the priest shall take from the meat offering a memorial thereof, and shall burn it upon the altar: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.

10 And that which is left of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons': it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the Lord made by fire.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Today’s reading, the first 10 verses of Leviticus 2 describe what is known as the “meat offering” but it is not what we describe as “meat” today. It is apparently fine flour or breads or pastries made of fine flour. We learn in the reading that after a burnt offering is burn upon the altar to the Lord, producing once more a “sweet savour unto the LORD” , the remainder is to be for Aaron and his sons, the priests of the tabernacle.

It is clear to me that the Lord, in order to insure a fair priesthood for all of the people, has made Aaron and his sons the co-recipient of all gifts given by all by all the people. As the priests receive a portion of that offered to the Lord by everyone, they are beholden to no single one of the people and can thus be impartial.

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Leviticus 1, vs. 7-17 with Betty

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7 And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire:

8 And the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:

9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.

10 And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish.

11 And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar.

12 And he shall cut it into his pieces, with his head and his fat: and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:

13 But he shall wash the inwards and the legs with water: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.

14 And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to the Lord be of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young pigeons.

15 And the priest shall bring it unto the altar, and wring off his head, and burn it on the altar; and the blood thereof shall be wrung out at the side of the altar:

16 And he shall pluck away his crop with his feathers, and cast it beside the altar on the east part, by the place of the ashes:

17 And he shall cleave it with the wings thereof, but shall not divide it asunder: and the priest shall burn it upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

Leviticus 1, vs. 7-17, today’s reading, gives instructions for the preparation of burnt offerings, both that of the flocks (sheep or goats) or of foul. Some of the instructions refer to cleanliness and to the disposal of the parts that ordinarily are not cooked—such as the feathers of fowl.

The most interesting phrase is the last one of the chapter—“it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.” I’m sure if we were to smell the odor of fine, fresh young sheep or goat or of fowl cooking on the altar, we would also find the odor to be a sweet savour.  For the Israelites to donate this fine food as a burnt offering which they could then smell as it was burned upon the altar was a sure sign of their fidelity.  It was also the sign of a prosperous people whom the Lord led so that they were able to afford such sacrifices.

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Leviticus 1, vs. 1-6 with Betty

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And the Lord called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,

2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock.

3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord.

4 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

5 And he shall kill the bullock before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

6 And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces.

My Thoughts:

I love the beginning of Leviticus, Chapter 1. It says the Lord spoke to Moses and “out of the tabernacle of the congregation”.  Isn’t it wonderful to consider that the Lord was a presence right there in the tabernacle and that he could summon Moses and speak to him at will?

The subject on the Lord’s mind at this time was the offerings from the men of Israel.  The Lord instructs Moses on the qualities required for a burnt sacrifice of the herd–a male without blemish: offered voluntarily at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord.  The Lord also tells him that he who brings the offering shall “put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.”

The one offering the sacrifice must then kill the animal, whereupon the priests would sprinkle the blood around the altar.

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