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