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.

Betty Killebrew

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Our Great Country

In my lifetime the thinking of the average citizen of the United States has changed dramatically.  When I was a child, this was “the greatest nation on earth.”  Everyone was absolutely certain that the USA was the best.

Compared to other nations, we expected to have higher scores when children were tested, have larger percentages of college graduates, maintain a higher standard of living for all and house the great majority of our citizens in their own homes. We expected to be taller, smarter, stronger and better fed than the citizens of other nations.  On an individual level, we expected to have a good job and keep it and use the money to buy our houses and cars, pay for our food and school lunches.  The great part was, in most cases, one full-time worker could provide a family with stability and enough wherewithal to acquire a nice standard of living.

Of course, you can see a great difference between that mindset and the real circumstances of fifty years ago and today’s realities and attitudes.  We no longer hear a lot of drum beating about our great country. We worry about the ever-growing national debt.  We know that our children are outscored on standardized tests by students of other nations. Today’s college graduates often end up with so much student debt that it prevents them from profiting from their higher education for many, many years.

Yes, our standard of living is still pretty good; but the dream of most American’s to own their own home blew up in our faces a few years ago, primarily because everyone wanted more than they could afford to own and the banks obliged them in allowing them to overreach their budgets.

Fifty years ago we thought that when we helped other countries, we had a right to expect that we would also influence the life style of their citizens for the better and had the right to attempt to bring their citizens to Christianity and their governments to democracy. We now help and fight wars on behalf of other countries that have little respect for our way of life.

Healthy American children used to run and play.  The “Yoo-hoos” of our mothers could be heard across the country as dusk approached on spring evenings.  Now our youngsters play with gizmos and battle weight problems before they reach junior high. Increasingly, our citizens are living on food stamps. Large numbers of children receive subsidized meals at school, and with all the great things available to buy having become “necessities” rather than luxuries, one salary just won’t cut it anymore.  Add to this, the diminishing commitment to marriage and you end up with a generation of children without fathers or with an assortment of fathers, stepfathers, mothers and step-mothers—family situations that often lead to rancor among the assortment of parents and to   instability in the child’s life.

Freedom of religion used to mean we didn’t have to fight about it.  Now it means everyone is free to fight against it. Freedom of religion has become freedom FROM religion.

In my opinion, the one thing that can lead this nation back to greatness is a rededication of our citizens to personal responsibility.  The best thing the government can do for us is let us live like adults rather than children who need to be cared for and told what to do.

Anonymous (Over 65)

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Leviticus 6, vs. 24-30 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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 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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About Marriage and Divorce

I often think it should be more difficult and expensive to marry and less complicated to get out of the relationship.  It is my opinion that a divorce should be separated completely from questions of property and custody.  Divorce itself should be simple—you want it, you’ve got it.

If you want to agree on a settlement, fine.  If not, file a civil suit, but either way, you’re divorced; it’s over; you are no longer joined.  I don’t suppose that would change the fighting over the property and custody which would still be jointly held after the divorce, but perhaps the mindset would be different.  You would no longer be breaking up a marriage, you would be settling a business arrangement—no guilt on the part of either, just the equitable division of property and a reasonable agreement for raising one’s children.

Marriage in the first place, however, should be very hard indeed.  Some states now require parenting classes to teach people who are divorcing how to deal with their children during this crucial time.  Why don’t we have classes when fertile young people desire to get married, teaching them beforehand the consequences to their future children of a possible divorce?

Money is the cause of most of the problems in a marriage.  Why don’t we require people who are taking out a marriage licenses to have a complete understanding of the attitude of the other toward this crucial subject? Why don’t we teach them beforehand how to work together to create a budget and how important it will be to their happiness to live within their income?

Religion is another of the many subjects married people may be at odds about.  Why not a pre-marital class on tolerance and understanding?

There are so many areas of life about which young people entering into marriage are totally oblivious. Why then is it easier to get married than it is to legally drive an automobile? We require people to learn the contents of a driver’s manual to receive a driver’s license; shouldn’t we require some knowledge of the hazards of the road of married life for those who are embarking on matrimony?
Elizabeth Ruth (Inspired by J. Kelley)

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Leviticus 6, vs. 19-23 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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 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.)

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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