Leviticus – Chapter 1: The Burnt Offering

After a long, three month slog through Exodus, I’m finally ready to begin Leviticus.  Although I know Leviticus is very similar to Exodus, I’m a bit excited to what it has to offer us.  Let’s get started!

“If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect.” – Leviticus 1:3

God jumps right into the crazy in Leviticus.  If God is perfect, wouldn’t He understand He doesn’t need a perfect offering?  Wouldn’t any offering show the love of the people?  Is forcing the people to be perfect in their offering really a sign of love?  Is this really the best way to get the people to love and worship you?

“You are to slaughter the young bull before the Lord, and then Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and splash it against the sides of the altar at the entrance to the tent of meeting.” – Leviticus 1:5

Not exactly hygienic.  Then again, this might explain why God commands constant washing near the end of Exodus before entering God’s tent.  The people are always covered in blood from the slaughtering of animals for God’s offering!

“You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water, and the priest is to burn all of it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.”  – Leviticus 1:9

Burnt animal flesh is pleasing to the Lord.  God just loves the smell of burning flesh.  This is the sign of a mad man!

“If the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, you are to offer a dove or a young pigeon. The priest shall bring it to the altar, wring off the head and burn it on the altar; its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar.  He is to remove the crop and the feathers and throw them down east of the altar where the ashes are.  He shall tear it open by the wings, not dividing it completely, and then the priest shall burn it on the wood that is burning on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.” – Leviticus 1:14-17

There’s much in these four verses.  First, God is very specific on the type of bird He is willing to accept as an offering.  Again, God is very concerned over trivialities but not so concerned about helping the people.  Second, the priest wrings the head off the birds.  I’m beginning to wonder if priests of the Bible are in any way similar to priests today.  I’m close to concluding that priest of biblical times were actually butchers.  🙂  Third, not only does God love the smell of burning sheep and goat flesh, He also loves the smell of burning bird flesh.  God is seriously disturbed!

Leviticus started out with a relatively short chapter.  God offers commands and rules on how to deliver offerings to Him.  God is very specific and loves the smell of burning flesh, even that of birds!

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 2:  The Grain Offering

2 thoughts on “Leviticus – Chapter 1: The Burnt Offering

  1. Why are you calling god disturbed for liking the smell of burning flesh? I love the smell of steaks grilling over a charcoal fire, or the smell of a pork butt being slow cooked in hickory smoke. These verses just show that god likes him some BBQ! Why he doesn’t like pork ribs or a pulled Boston Butt is another story.

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