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February 16th, Leviticus 1-4: Instructions for offerings

Leviticus Chapters 1-4 detail the instructions for several types of offerings. What I gather from these readings is that I’m glad Christ shed His blood for our sins, because things were a bit more complicated in the days of the Old Testament. Allow me a quick rundown of the offerings:

  • The Burnt Offering: Either from the herd or flock, they were to be without defect. The animal was to be slaughtered by the man bringing the offering, and burned by the priests. If a bird, it was tobe a dove or yung pigeon. “17 He shall tear it open by the wings, not severing it completely, and then the priest shall burn it on the wood that is on the fire on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.” (Leviticus 1:17)
  • The Grain Offering: Offerings of grain were to be of fine flour, mixed with oil and incense. They could bring yeast or honey, but not burned as a pleasing aroma. “13 Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.” (Leviticus 2:13)
  • The Fellowship Offering: Whether a male or female sacrifice, it was to be without defect. The fat and blood were to be removed. “17 “‘This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.’” (Leviticus 3:170
  • The Sin Offering: Here the LORD addresses what to do if someone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands. From the anointed priest, to the whole community, to the leader, to the member of the community, each had a specific offering to make to atone for their sins.
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