The sacrifices begin. The LORD’s glory is revealed.
Note: Many people find it morally objectionable that a religion requires the killing of innocent animals.
the eighth day. Some people refer to the eighth day as “the octave.”
VERSE 2. and he said to Aaron, “Take a calf from the herd for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without defect, and offer them before the LORD.
VERSE 3. You shall speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both a year old, without defect, for a burnt offering;
VERSE 4. and a bull and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meal offering mixed with oil: for today the LORD appears to you.’ ”
today the LORD appears to you. This will be a GREAT day!
VERSE 5. They brought what Moses commanded before the Tent of Meeting. All the congregation came near and stood before the LORD.
VERSE 6. Moses said, “This is the thing which the LORD commanded that you should do; and the LORD’s glory shall appear to you.”
the LORD’s glory shall appear to you. If they do thus-and-such, the glory of God will be revealed to them.
Wow! We imagine everybody springing into action.
VERSE 7. Moses said to Aaron, “Draw near to the altar, and offer your sin offering, and your burnt offering, and make atonement for yourself, and for the people; and offer the offering of the people, and make atonement for them, as the LORD commanded.”
VERSE 8. So Aaron came near to the altar, and killed the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself.
Aaron … killed. Aaron is the person who killed the animal.
killed the calf of the sin offering. Many people find it morally objectionable that a religion requires the killing of innocent animals.
VERSE 9. The sons of Aaron presented the blood to him; and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it on the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the base of the altar;
VERSE 10. but the fat, and the kidneys, and the cover from the liver of the sin offering, he burned upon the altar, as the LORD commanded Moses.
the fat. Animal fat is prized.
VERSE 11. The meat and the skin he burned with fire outside the camp.
VERSE 12. He killed the burnt offering; and Aaron’s sons delivered the blood to him, and he sprinkled it around on the altar.
VERSE 13. They delivered the burnt offering to him, piece by piece, and the head. He burned them upon the altar.
VERSE 14. He washed the innards and the legs, and burned them on the burnt offering on the altar.
VERSE 15. He presented the people’s offering, and took the goat of the sin offering which was for the people, and killed it, and offered it for sin, like the first.
VERSE 16. He presented the burnt offering, and offered it according to the ordinance.
VERSE 17. He presented the meal offering, and filled his hand from there, and burned it upon the altar, in addition to the burnt offering of the morning.
VERSE 18. He also killed the bull and the ram, the sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people. Aaron’s sons delivered to him the blood, which he sprinkled around on the altar;
VERSE 19. and the fat of the bull and of the ram, the fat tail, and that which covers the innards, and the kidneys, and the cover of the liver;
and the fat. Animal fat is prized.
VERSE 20. and they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burned the fat on the altar.
VERSE 21. Aaron waved the breasts and the right thigh for a wave offering before the LORD, as Moses commanded.
VERSE 22. Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people, and blessed them; and he came down from offering the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings.
Aaron lifted up his hands. This is sometimes called the “Aaronic blessing.”
It was Aaron who made the visible gesture of blessing. But it was the LORD God who did the blessing, made it evident to everyone present and made it powerful.
The words of the Aaronic blessing are revealed in Numbers chapter six:
Numbers 6:24-26. The LORD bless you, and keep you. The LORD make his face to shine on you, and be gracious to you. The LORD lift up his face toward you, and give you peace.’
In our day, some Christian ministers imitate the Aaronic blessing. They lift their hands and repeat the words.
VERSE 23. Moses and Aaron went into the Tent of Meeting, and came out, and blessed the people; and the LORD’s glory appeared to all the people.
to all the people. Everybody beheld the glory of the LORD!
We want to see God. But we are unable to apprehend the LORD God in all his glory. So at the great moments of biblical history, he appears in the hidden form of a Cloud. Read more »
VERSE 24. Fire came out from before the LORD, and consumed the burnt offering and the fat upon the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted, and fell on their faces.
Fire came out from before the LORD. That must have been spectacular!
Leviticus 9:24. Fire came out from before the LORD, and consumed the burnt offering and the fat upon the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted, and fell on their faces.
Leviticus 10:16. Moses diligently inquired about the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burned. He was angry with Eleazar and with Ithamar, the sons of Aaron who were left, saying,
2 Maccabees 2:11. Moses said, ‘Because the sin offering had not been eaten, it was consumed in like manner.’
fell on their faces. That is, they fell face down to the ground.
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