Leviticus 6 Additional Offering, Maintaining the Altar and Grain Offering Instructions

Mar 19, 2014  |  Leviticus, Old Testament  |  No Comments

Atoning for Deceptive Practices or Robbery

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This part of the passage deals with the sin of monetary theft, whether through deceiving someone regarding a deposit or lying about something that is lost or outright theft, the consequences are the same.  The person committing the sin must restore the person in full plus an additional fifth and then bring a ram or the monetary equivalent to the priest, who will atonement for him before the LORD.

Maintaining the Altar

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It continually amazes me how involved God is with the details.  In this passage, He gives detailed instructions for maintaining the fire on the altar, down to how to take care of the ashes including what should be done in priestly linens and what should be done in ordinary clothes. This passage ends with the command that the fire must be kept burning continually.  So, must our fervor for God be continuously burning.

The Law of the Grain Offering

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Several things stand out for me in this section:

  • A portion of the offering is provided to the priests as food
  • This food is for the priests and all their male children
  • The bread made from the grain is to be unleavened
  • It is to be eaten in a holy place
  • The offering is holy and makes anything that touches it holy

From the time they are weaned, the male children of priests are brought into their role as priests through the food offerings.  How did they so quickly forget their God?  How were the wives and daughters of the priests fed, if not from the offerings?

Offering for Anointing

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A special grain offering, specifically cooked on a griddle, is presented for a priest’s anointing.  This is to be completely burned and not eaten and is a pleasing aroma to God.

Additional Laws for Sin Offering

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Again, God provides detailed instructions for the sin offering’s use as food for the priests.  Only offerings not made in the holy place may be eaten.  If a clay jar is used to cook the meat from a sin offering, it must be destroyed after it’s use.  A bronze jar, in contrast, may be reused, but only after thorough cleaning of the vessel.  All the priests may eat of the sin offering.

The constant reminder of the holiness of offerings should be a reminder to us as well.  God is a holy God and calls us to holiness as His people.

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