“Fire came from the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell facedown on the ground.”
Leviticus 9:24 HCSB
Here the Lord presented Himself to the people by consuming their offering. With this they naturally fell facedown in awe. I am reminded that just as the Lord Jesus told Thomas that while he believed in Jesus after seeing Him in the flesh after rising, how much more blessed are those who go off of faith alone. I am in that camp!!
“Then Moses presented Aaron and his sons and washed them with water. He put the tunic on Aaron, wrapped the sash around him, clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod on him. He put the woven band of the ephod around him and fastened it to him. Then he put the breastpiece on him and placed the Urim and Thummim into the breastpiece. He also put the turban on his head and placed the gold medallion, the holy diadem, on the front of the turban, as the Lord had commanded Moses.”
Leviticus 8:6-9 HCSB
I read this and am reminded that Jesus is now the high priest, and through Him, I can intercede directly with God.
“I have taken from the Israelites the breast of the presentation offering and the thigh of the contribution from their fellowship sacrifices, and have assigned them to Aaron the priest and his sons as a permanent portion from the Israelites.””
Leviticus 7:34 HCSB
This chapter is all about rules for sacrifice. This verse deals with a concept that I find interesting – specifically that the Lord is giving this portion over to the priests. It isn’t even that it is a wage, it is a gift that the Lord is giving to them.
““When someone sins and offends the Lord by deceiving his neighbor in regard to a deposit, a security, or a robbery; or defrauds his neighbor; or finds something lost and lies about it; or swears falsely about any of the sinful things a person may do —”
Leviticus 6:2-3 HCSB
What strikes me here is these types of sins are laid out as being offensive to the Lord. Or rather they say that to commit the sins is to offend the Lord. All sins are offensive, however sins against your neighbor go directly against the Lord.
““When someone sins in any of these ways: If he has seen, heard, or known about something he has witnessed, and did not respond to a public call to testify, he is responsible for his sin.”
Leviticus 5:1 HCSB
Being complacent to sin is sin… Even if I did not do it, to not respond to it is sin. This isn’t telling me to judge, but to not come forward if I know something is wrong to try and rectify the situation is just as wrong.
““When a leader sins and unintentionally violates any of the commands of the Lord his God by doing what is prohibited, and incurs guilt, or someone informs him about the sin he has committed, he is to bring an unblemished male goat as his offering.”
Leviticus 4:22-23 HCSB
This chapter deals with the atonement for unintentional sin. What struck me is here it references a leader, or of someone tells him of his sin. As a leader, they have to be open to feedback from those he (or in today’s world, he or she) leads.
“Then the priest will burn the food on the altar, as a fire offering for a pleasing aroma. “All fat belongs to the Lord. This is a permanent statute throughout your generations, wherever you live: you must not eat any fat or any blood.””
Leviticus 3:16-17 HCSB
How interesting is this? All day belongs to the Lord. I recall reading elsewhere that they were not permitted to eat blood, given that this is the animal’s life source and therefore belonged to the Lord. Here there is no explanation other than that the fat was to be burned up in the fire on the altar. In the New Testament we are told it is OK to eat things that were previously considered unclean, only we cannot East them with the blood still there. That is still prohibited, but since we no longer need to sacrifice, eating the fat is ok.
“You are to season each of your grain offerings with salt; you must not omit from your grain offering the salt of the covenant with your God. You are to present salt with each of your offerings.”
Leviticus 2:13 HCSB
I read this and think how salt would have been a very valuable commodity in those days, something they may have been tempted to omit. But if it is an offering, it should be of value to whomever is making it. God doesn’t want our leftovers!
“Then the Lord summoned Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting:”
Leviticus 1:1 HCSB
Sometimes the Lord summons us, from the insides; I think it is that feeling in my bones i get sometimes. I look to Him often – usually when I need Him or am in a bind – but sometimes He wants to talk to me. Am I listening???
‘And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works for cases of urgent need, so that they will not be unfruitful. ‘
I read this amidst the current Corona virus, and am reminded that this is all part of God’s plan. COVID-19 is part of His plan, but perhaps this is more so – in order for His people to see a small fragment of His amazing mercy and grace!