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