Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Leviticus 1:1-4:35

Have you ever decided you were going to stick with something and then part way through you were so tired, so preoccupied that you wanted to give it up?  Me too.  I am tired.  Exhausted.  But I know I need to read and study...please pray for strength. rest. knowledge.

Burnt Offerings - again, very specific instructions about how to dress the animals, the type of animal to present, how Aaron and the priests are to place the animal on the altar... and the aroma was pleasing to God.  Have you ever been outside on a summer evening and taken a deep breath to discover 'someone' is grilling outside.  Isn't that one of the most pleasing aromas??

Grain Offering - a portion is mixed with oil and incense, but the rest belongs to Aaron and the priests.  This how they are sustained and fed.  A portion of our current giving to the church is what sustains our pastors.  If we don't give what we ought, then they lose their own income. 

Fellowship Offering - I don't understand this offering except you are leaving the fat on teh animal when you burn it and then God tells them in 3:17 " 'This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.' " (yet another reason to have my steaks well done!)

Sin Offering - several times it said, "if the sin was unintentional ... when he is made aware of the sin, then ..."  During all the sacrifices/slaughters, the priest's hands were on the head of the bull, lamb goat.  Just an observation. Don't know why. 

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