Leviticus – Chapter 9: The Priests Begin Their Ministry

God is now done with his rules on offerings and the Israelites have followed them.  Now it’s time for the priests to begin their ministry.

“Take a bull calf for your sin offering and a ram for your burnt offering, both without defect, and present them before the Lord.” – Leviticus 9:2

Ug.  Maybe we aren’t done with offerings.  In fact, the next 20 verses are nothing but Aaron going through all of the offerings again and ending with this little nugget:

“Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.  Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.” – Leviticus 9:23-24

WTF?  The fire on the altar burning the offerings is the Lord?  Give me a break!  God’s rules were to start a fire.  It’s simply a fire.  When I have a camp fire I don’t bow down on my knees praising the presence of the Lord.  Sheesh!  Now if the flame was bright purple and a flaming Lord walked out and around the crowd, okay, that’s evidence of something (although not necessarily the Lord).  But a random fire burning meat?  No, not the Lord.

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 10:  The Death of Nadab and Abihu

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