Week #15; Wed, Apr 11: Lev. 6:1–11:47

Leviticus gives us the consecration of the priesthood; laws concerning sacrifices (usually burnt offerings); conditions for acceptance by God (faith and obedience); forgiveness of sin; schedule of feasts; clean and unclean animals; purification after birth; diseases; consequences of failure to comply; unlawful relationships; punishment for blasphemy; year of Jubilee; the poor; and the Holiness of the Lord.

Leviticus 6. Deceiving or stealing from a neighbor required restoration in full and an additional one fifth when guilt was first realized. This guilt and sin offerings included giving the priest an offering of an animal without blemish to make atonement before the Lord. The priests were given detailed instructions on presenting the burnt offering even regarding clothing. Notice that the fire must burn continually. The grain offering included detailed instructions as well. The priests were prohibited from eating fat or blood.

Leviticus 7. Blood was to be thrown against the sides of the altar. Peace offerings, ordination offerings, fellowship offerings, and freewill offerings included details that were equally and rigidly observed, particularly on what could be eaten and what had to be disposed by fire. Failure to follow all instructions resulted in a person being cut off from his people. The offerings were to be perpetual throughout their generations. The priests were to have their share. The Lord commanded Moses on Mount Sinai for the people to bring offerings to the Lord in the wilderness.

Leviticus 8. The public ordination of Aaron and his son’s to the priests office was done exactly according to God’s instructions. The people were assembled at the entrance of the tent of meeting as the Lord commanded Moses. The importance of washing with water is significant in most all worship. The wave offering was for Moses before the Lord. Seven days were required for ordination. If the ordained did not perform their priestly duties, they were put to death*. They all complied.

Leviticus 9. On the eighth day Aaron presented his sin offering; his sons presented the blood of the bull and ram for throwing upon the altar. The flesh and the skin was burned up outside the camp. The sin, grain, and peace offerings were also performed in the sight of the people. The Lord consumed the sacrifices with fire; the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. They shouted and fell on their faces.

Leviticus 10. Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron, offered unauthorized fire before the Lord. Fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, killing them*. They were carried out of the camp. The Lord told Aaron, “Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die. This was to distinguish between the holy and the common and the unclean and the clean. They were charged with teaching the people all the statutes that the Lord spoke to them by Moses.

Leviticus 11. Here is where the flesh of some animals and some of fish, insects, and birds are declared clean and unclean. Other restrictions on what is clean and unclean for consumption is also declared. Best for last: “For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.” . . . “For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”

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