Leviticus 4:1-5:13 Sin Offering

I’m SO grateful He wanted to get to know me!

God addresses the sin offering in our reading today. If the sacrificial system were still in place today we would be in trouble!

Something I noticed right away in reading this whole section is that the offerings were for sins that were “unintentional.” Some of the examples given confuse me as to how the person didn’t know what they were doing was a sin. God gets into some specifics in chapter 5 that are intended to clarify some of the situations that may arise.

In the first example the He provides He speaks of someone being called to testify to things that he has knowledge about, either by direct witness or learning about the matter later. The person used in this example chooses not to share what he knows. God says that that person is not forgiven this sin. It was a willful choice and not covered under the “unintentional” auspices. Read more »

Leviticus 3:1-17 Peace Offerings

An offering to share with others to build peace upon.

Today we learn about the peace offering. This is the third offering God instructs Moses in and also a dietary law set down.

Like with the burnt offering, the one bringing the offering does much of the work. This includes killing the animal, draining its blood and separating out the pieces to be burned. And also like in the burnt offering, the priest sprinkles the blood and does the actual placing the offering on the altar for burning.

This offering doesn’t consume all of the animal, only certain parts. We don’t see it here but the breast of the animal was given to “Aaron’s sons” and the right thigh was given to the specific priest who assisted the one bringing this offering. The remainder of the animal belonged to the one bringing the offering (Leviticus 7:28-34). It is referred to as a fellowship offering in the later text but Jewish Encyclopedia lists them as the same. Read more »

Leviticus 2:1-16 Grain Offerings

The grain offerings all included fine flour, oil and salt.

We come to the second type of offering that is to be brought by the people. Grain offerings are God’s topic of choice now.

When I started reading this chapter I was gobsmacked by the thought of putting frankincense on things that were going to be ingested. The grain offerings being brought, all but a small “memorial portion” were to be given to the priests to eat. I had to check this out!

I have heard of frankincense as a fragrance or an anointing oil but never as something to eat. Apparently it has MANY very good properties, the most striking one being its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have found it to be as effective as some prescription medications in this area. Who knew?! Certainly not me. Read more »

Leviticus 1:1-17 Burnt Offerings

The substitution begins here with the individual man seeking God’s help.

We are wading into deep water now. We have reached Leviticus and are about to embark on learning about God’s Law. Gulp!

God starts out by addressing the burnt offerings first. I am going to confess a bit of confusion on this issue still. God says “It is a burnt offering, a food offering” to all three of these examples. Is the animal fully burned, cooked, or just the part that is separated kept for consumption? I am no expert and I hadn’t found a good answer for this question the last time I encountered it.

Because I didn’t find a satisfactory answer the first time I had to look again. What I found is that with a burnt offering ALL of it was burnt. None was saved except the skin. This was not a meal preparation but a complete surrender of this animal to the Lord. Read more »

Exodus 40:34-38 God’s Presence

God’s presence was visible for ALL to see from the day His Tabernacle was erected.

God moves into His house. After all the construction and erection is finished it is time for God to inhabit His Tabernacle.

The first thing that popped into my head as I started writing is “Moving Day!” but God didn’t move. He still maintained His home in Heaven but He allowed His presence to inhabit the Tabernacle created for Him too.

Something else just struck me as I was rereading our passage. I have often bemoaned the attitudes of the children if Israel in the wilderness. I wonder how they could be so blind to the presence and omnipotence of God. They fell into rebellion so many times that God finally said “ENOUGH” and prevented the original group from entering into His promise. Read more »