In the last chapter we learned about the guilt offering, which differs from the sin offering in only one way. The sin offering is the sacrificing of an animal while the guilt offering requires that AND a payment to the priests. Lucky priests! Leviticus 6 brings us more offerings, including the burnt offering. Didn’t the sin and guilt offerings already include the burning of animals? Let’s find out.
“The Lord said to Moses: ‘If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the Lord by deceiving a neighbor about something entrusted to them or left in their care or about something stolen, or if they cheat their neighbor, or if they find lost property and lie about it, or if they swear falsely about any such sin that people may commit— when they sin in any of these ways and realize their guilt, they must return what they have stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to them, or the lost property they found, or whatever it was they swore falsely about. They must make restitution in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day they present their guilt offering.” – Leviticus 6:1-5
This I can agree with. The guilty person must return all stolen material and pay a fine to the owner. Makes perfect sense. Too bad the other 99% of the Bible doesn’t make the same amount of sense.
“These are the regulations for the burnt offering: The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar. The priest shall then put on his linen clothes, with linen undergarments next to his body, and shall remove the ashes of the burnt offering that the fire has consumed on the altar and place them beside the altar. Then he is to take off these clothes and put on others, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a place that is ceremonially clean. The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.”
God is VERY concerned about the fire. It MUST be kept burning and MUST not got out! The burnt offering is clearly not complete if the fire goes out. LOL! In addition, the priest must wear clothes, but then must put on another set of clothes at one point in the burnt offering. WTF?!?!? Next comes the grain offering.
“It must not be baked with yeast; I have given it as their share of the food offerings presented to me. Like the sin offering and the guilt offering, it is most holy. Any male descendant of Aaron may eat it. For all generations to come it is his perpetual share of the food offerings presented to the Lord. Whatever touches them will become holy.” – Leviticus 6:17-18
First of all, God hates yeast. Don’t ever use yeast in front of God. Second, notice how only the male descendants of Aaron’s may eat the grain offering? Nice move by Moses and Aaron to convince the people that they get food, but no one else can eat this. Today we refer to that as “the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.”
“It is the Lord’s perpetual share and is to be burned completely.” – Leviticus 6:22
This isn’t a time when people have an overabundance of food. The Israelites struggle through this time period, yet are required to burn food to please the Lord. What an amazing, loving Lord who requires his servants to burn food they could use to partially solve a hunger problem. Leviticus next returns to the sin offering.
“The priest who offers it shall eat it; it is to be eaten in the sanctuary area, in the courtyard of the tent of meeting.” – Leviticus 6:26
OMG! This is nothing but a scam for the priests to ensure they are well fed!!!
“Any male in a priest’s family may eat it; it is most holy.” – Leviticus 6:29
God wants females to suffer and be dependent on the males.
Summing up Leviticus 6 is fairly simple. If God exists, He picks and chooses favorites, making sure they are well fed by telling the Israelites to atone for their sins by giving the priests food and money. If God doesn’t exist, Moses and Aaron have set up a system to ensure that they and their favorites are well off. Either way, most of the Israelites suffer greatly.
Coming Soon: Leviticus – Chapter 7: The Guilt Offering