Thursday, July 31, 2014



So having dipped the living bird into the blood of the one that was killed, together with the cedar wood the scarlet and the hyssop, the priest then lets the live bird go loose into the open field.
The law of the leper and its attendant ceremony also forebode the fundamentals of salvation. The leper represents the man of sin; he is put outside the camp; while there he can do nothing; he does not come to the priest; the priest must come to him and examine him. The priest sheds the blood of the one bird and he sprinkles the blood of the leper for cleansing; “for without shedding of blood, there is no remission; Christ was not yet raised, and if Christ is not raised there is no remission for sin.
The second bird dipped, stained and offered represents the two aspects of Christ’s work; He was delivered for our offenses and raised for our justification.

The earthen vessels typified Christ’s humanity, and the running water typified the Holy Spirit as the cleansing and life giving fountain; for Christ was put to death in the flesh and made alive by the Holy Spirit. More.  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014



The Lord revealed unto the priests Aaron and his sons many things to look for, many different kinds of outbreaks of the flesh which were signs of leprosy, including how to differentiate between a leprous boil or skin infection which were non-leprous and those which where in fact evidences of leprosy.
If a person was leprous, that is to say all over the body including the head, then he shall be declared a leper; and his clothes had to be torn, his head made bare, and be made to dwell alone outside of the camp.
Also if the sign of the plague is determined from certain spots on a person’s garment, the priest shall also declare after examination, the wearer unclean and the clothes burnt.

In addition there was a law for the leper after he had been excluded from the camp. The priest’s duty was to go outside of the camp and examine those who had been declared lepers and excluded.  If upon examination the priest determined that the person was cleansed of his sickness, the priest would command that there be taken for the leper, two birds alive and clean, cedar wood, scarlet and hyssop. The priest shall then give order for one of the birds to be killed in an earthen vessel over running water. Then he would take the live bird, the cedar wood, the scarlet and the hyssop, and shall dip them in the blood of the bird that was killed. More

Tuesday, July 29, 2014



A Holy God – A Holy People
Leprosy- a type of sin.

And the Lord told Moses and Aaron that if a man shall have in his skin a kind of swelling, a scab or bright spot, and it appears to be like the plague of leprosy, he shall be brought to Aaron the priest, or to one of his sons the priests.  And the priest shall look on the plaque in the skin of the flesh; and when the hair in the plague is turned white, and the plague in sight is deeper than the skin of the flesh, it is a plague of leprosy; and the priest shall look on him and pronounce him unclean. If the bright spot be white in the skin of the flesh and the bright spot be not deeper than the skin and the hair thereof be not turned white, then the priest shall shut him up the one with the plague for seven days.
Then on the seventh day, the priest shall look on him again and if the plague is seen to be at a stay, and has not spread in the skin, then the priest shall shut him up seven days more.
And again seven days after that, the priest shall look on him again and if the spot be somewhat dark, and the plague spread not in the skin, the priest shall pronounce him clean; for it was just a scab, not leprosy; and the priest shall order him to wash his clothes and pronounce him clean after he would have done so.

But if after the twenty one days, the scab was seen to have spread in the skin, at this the time of his cleansing he shall be seen by the priest another time; and if the priest observe that the scab has spread, the priest shall declare him unclean for he has leprosy.

Monday, July 28, 2014


A Holy God for a Holy People – The Law of Motherhood.

And the Lord god commanded by the mouth of Moses, that if a woman conceives and gives birth to a male child, she shall be unclean for 7 days, in accordance with the separation of her infirmity. And in the eight day, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. And the mother shall then continue in her blood of purification for thirty three days.  During this time, she shall be unclean and shall touch no holy thing neither shall she enter into the tabernacle until the period of her purification has been completed. But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks as in her separation; and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying for sixty six days.
And when her days of purifying are fulfilled whether for a son or a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation to the priest who shall offer it before the Lord and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood.  This is the law for the woman bearing a male or a female child.
But if she be not able to bring a lamb then she shall bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for the burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for her and she shall be clean.
Obviously, this law continued to be observed by the Jews down to Jesus’ day; for when Jesus was born he was circumcised on the eight day, and Mary fulfilled her thirty three days of purification and went to the temple on the fortieth day and presented there two turtledoves. More

Sunday, July 27, 2014



Lest it be questioned, why was God so meticulous concerning what may be, may not be eaten, and what is unclean and must not be touched, and if touched is unclean until cleansed, let us remember that the Book of Leviticus the third book of Moses through which we speak was all about the sanctification, (cleansing) of the people. For indeed it is a maxim of Israelitish law that all flesh is deemed unclean.
So God stipulated that anyone who touches an unclean thing or the dead body of an unclean thing shall be unclean for a period of time usually until past evening of the day of the incident.
In addition God said that if any dead thing falls upon any vessel whether it be of wood or clothes, or skin, or sack, or anything that a human person has to touch or use thereafter, such thing shall be unclean, and must be put in water for the rest of the day until past evening before it is cleansed. If the thing which touches the dead thing is an earthen vessel, the thing to do was to break and dispose of it so that it is not used again.
Upon all food that may be eaten, that on which the dead thing falls shall be unclean; and if it falls on an oven or pot they shall be unclean and be broken down or broken up as the case may be and never used again.

“You shall not make yourself abominable with any creeping thing or any unclean thing that you may not be defiled,” said the Lord. “For I am the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God; you shall hereafter be holy. More   

Saturday, July 26, 2014



With regard to the birds, the Lord starts off by pointing out what should not be eaten among them, being abomination and were not to be eaten: the eagle, the ossifrage, the osprey, the kite or vulture, the falcon, the ostrich, the hawk, including the night hawk, the sea gull, the white owl, the cormorant, the horned owl, the swan, the pelican, the eagle, the stork, the heron, the hoopoe, the lapwing and the bat.  All these winged creatures were listed by God as abomination, and not to be eaten.
          With regard to winged insects, there was also a list: all winged insects going upon all four and have legs above their feet. Which they use to leap upon the earth, could be eaten, including the locust, the bald locust, the beetle and the grasshopper; but all other winged insects which have four feet shall be an abomination unto you.
          And if at any time any unclean insect of bird be touched, even the carcass of any of them, you shall be unclean until evening. And if the carcass of any unclean thing be carried, the person who does that shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening.    
And the carcass of every beast which divides the hoof and is not cloven footed nor chews the cud, shall be unclean and touching it makes the person unclean.

And every beast that goes upon its paws, and go on all fours shall be unclean also. In addition, among the creeping things that are also unclean are the weasel, the mouse, the tortoise, the ferret, the chameleon, the lizard, the mole and the snail.

The Pathway To Peace
The Pathway To Peace
In the opinion of this writer, the pathway to peace between Israel and Hamas cannot, and will not be achieved via outside intervention.
Reasons: Hamas and other groups like Hamas have vowed not to stop fighting until Israel is driven off the face of the map. That being so, the world has to understand that Hamas not Israel is the aggressor here.  That Israel has to fight for its very existence.
Secondly, both Israel and Palestine must agree to live side by side in peace, giving up all further territorial claims.
Thirdly, both Israel and Palestine must come together and realize that the real enemy here is Hamas. Palestine should turn its attention on Hamas, not Israel and drive Hamas out of their towns and cities and territory.
Fourthly either Israel by itself or both Israel and Palestine acting together should crush Hamas and spare them not, until they come to terms with Israel and promise to abandon their aggression against Israel and the rest of the world in general, but against Israel in particular. Failing this last, a ceasefire means nothing and simply puts off the inevitable.   

Friday, July 25, 2014


Having completed the order of the offerings and sacrifices upon the altar, the Lord gave Moses and unto Aaron further instructions for the children of Israel with regard to the animals they should and should not eat on the basis that some animals were regarded by Him as unclean as human food.
          Interestingly, we note that Aaron was now a fully ordained and consecrated priest; but Moses was still God’s chief spokesman; so God continued to speak through Moses. 
          God said, these are the beasts that ye shall eat among all the beasts that are upon the earth: whatever parts the hoof and is cloven footed, and chews the cud, with the exception of the camel, because it chews the cud but divides not the hoof; it is unclean as food; also the rock badger, the coney, the hare, an animal that has not been around in modern times, it chewed the cud, but divided not the hoof; and the swine, the pig, for although it is cloven footed it does not chew the cud. All these latter are unclean for food.
          It was God’s stipulation that these animals were not to be eaten; the command was not even to touch their flesh; for they were unclean.
          Of the fishes in the waters, whatsoever of the rivers and seas that have fins and scales, ye may eat; but anything out of the rivers and seas that does not have fins and scales, shall not be eaten; they are unclean and an abomination unto you. More    

Thursday, July 24, 2014


So Nadab and Abihu were taken out of the camp; and Moses said to Aaron and Eleazar and Ithamar his sons, “Uncover not your heads neither tear your clothes, lest you die, and lest wrath come upon all the people; but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel bewail the burning which the Lord has kindled.
            And you must not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation lest you die. For the anointing oil of the lord is upon you. And they listened to Moses and did not go out.
And the Lord spoke to Aaron and said, “Do not drink wine, nor strong drink, neither you nor your sons when you go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest you die; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, so that you may differentiate between holy and unholy and between clean and unclean. And that you may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.”
            And Moses spoke unto Aaron and unto Aleazar and Ithamar his sons that were left, and told them to take the meal offering that remains after the offering made unto the Lord by fire and eat it without leaven beside the altar; for it is a holy offering of the Lord. You must eat it in the holy place for it is your and your son’s due; of the sacrifice of the Lord made by fire.

            And the wave breast and heave shoulder shall be eaten in a clean place, you and your sons and your daughters for they are your due and your sons due. More

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Now it came to pass after Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron saw the fire from God, they decided to make fire which the Lord had not order them to make. Up to that point there was no direction given them regarding the use of a censer; so what they did both of them took their censer, put fire and incense in them and offered “ strange fire,” before the Lord, which they had not been commanded to do.
As a consequence the Lord sent out a fire and consumed them both and they perished.
Moses, therefore, said to Aaron, “This is but an example of what the Lord meant when He said, I will be sanctified in them that come near me, and before all the people I will be glorified.” And having heard this Aaron made no reply.
And Moses called Mishael, and Elzaphan the sons of Uzziel, the uncle of Aaron and said unto them, “Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.
So they went near and carried them still in their coats out of the camp as Moses told them to. 
We note that the fire upon the altar was fire ordered by God which the priests were to keep constantly alive.  “And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat which was upon the altar.”
To repeat, God had not commanded for any other fire to be upon the altar nor for fire to be put in censer and frankincense therein to make fire in God’s holy place. So both Nadab and Abihu committed the sin of polluting God’s worship by interposing their own will and acting without seeking God’s will in the matter. More

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Having offered the goat as a sin offering for the people, Moses next brought the meal offering and of it he took a handful thereof and he burnt it upon the altar beside the burnt offering of the morning. Then he slew the bullock and the ram for a sacrifice of peace offering which was for the people. And his sons presented him with the blood which he sprinkled round about the altar. And the fat of the bullock and of the ram, the rump, and the fat which covered the inwards, the kidneys and the fat which is above the liver, they put upon the breasts and burnt the fat upon the altar.
And the breasts and the right shoulder Aaron waved for a wave offering before the Lord as Moses had commanded him to do. And Aaron lifted up his hand towards the people and blessed them and came down from the altar of the offering for sin and the burnt offering and for peace.
And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation and came out and blessed the people; and the glory of God appeared unto all the people.

And there came a fire out from God, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat; and when all the people saw the presence of the glory of God they gasped and fell on their faces.  

Monday, July 21, 2014


So then Aaron slew the calf for his sin offering, and his sons caught the blood and took it to Aaron and he dipped his finger in the blood and put it on the horns of the alter, and poured out the blood at the bottom of the altar; but the fat and the kidneys, and the fat above the liver of the sin offering, he burnt upon the altar, as the Lord commanded[J1]  Moses.  And the flesh and the hide he burnt with fire outside the camp.
Then he slew the burnt offering, and his sons presented unto him the blood which he sprinkled around and upon the altar. And they presented the burnt offering unto him, and the pieces thereof and the head, and he burnt them upon the altar. And he washed the inwards and the legs and burnt them upon the burnt offering upon the altar.
Next he brought the people’s offering and he took the goat which was the sin offering for the people and slew it and offered it for sin as he had done to the former.
Then he took the burnt offering and offered it according to the custom. More

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Now after the consecration of Aaron and his sons, the Lord commanded them by His servant Moses that they should not go out of the tabernacle of the congregation for a period of seven days, the time God decreed for the consummation of their consecration.
So that Aaron and his sons fulfilled the seven day period within the tabernacle; for among other things, Moses warned them that should they leave the tabernacle during the seven-day period, they would die.
And on the eight day, Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel, and said uto Aaron: “Take a young calf without spot or blemish for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering without spot or blemish, and offer them before the Lord. ”And unto the congregation Moses said, “Take a kid of the goats for a sin offering, and a lamb both of the first year without spot or blemish, for a burnt offering, Also a bullock and a ram for a peace offering to sacrifice before the Lord, and a meal offering mixed with oil; for today the Lord will appear unto you.
            And the people brought that which Moses commanded before the tabernacle of the congregation, and they all drew near and stood before the Lord. And Moses said unto them, “This is the thing the Lord commanded you to do and the glory of the Lord shall appear unto you.”
            Then Moses commanded Aaron to go to the altar and offer the sin offering and the burnt offering, and make an atonement for himself and offer the offering of the people and make an atonement for them also; and so Moses went before the altar and slew the calf of the sin offering which was for himself.  More

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Now the bullock had been offered for a sin offering, and one of the rams for a burnt offering.  Then the second ram for the consecration was brought, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head.  And Moses slew it and caught the blood and with his finger put some of it on the tip of Aaron’s right ear, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot. And he then brought in Aaron’s sons and he applied the blood to the tips of their right ears and upon the thumbs of their right hand and on the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkled the blood round about the altar.
And Moses took the fat and the rump and all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the fat above the liver and the two kidneys and their fat, and the right shoulder.  And out of the basket of unleavened bread that was before the Lord, he took one unleavened cake, and a cake of oiled bread, and one wafer, and put them on the fat and the right shoulder

And he put them all upon Aaron’s and his sons’ hands, and waved them for a wave offering before the Lord.  Then he took them from off their hands and burnt them upon the altar upon the burnt offering, consecrating them for a sweet savor before the Lord, as an offering made by fire before the Lord. And he took the breast and waved it before the Lord for a wave offering before the Lord; for God had commanded that the ram of consecration was Moses’ to wave before the Lord.

Friday, July 18, 2014


This is the order of consecration of the offering.  Moses brought the bullock for the sin offering into the tabernacle and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon its head for a sin offering.  And Moses slew it and took the blood and put it on the horns of the altar all around with his finger thus purifying the altar, and he poured the blood at the foot of the altar and sanctified it to make a reconciliation upon it.
And Moses took all the fat from the inwards and all the fat above the liver and two kidneys and the fat on the kidneys and burnt it upon the altar; but the rest of the bullock, its hide and its dung, Moses burnt with fire outside the camp as the Lord commanded.
Then Moses brought the ram for the burnt offering and Aaron and his sons laid their hand upon its head,   Then Moses killed it and sprinkled the blood all around and upon the altar. And then he cut the ram into pieces and burnt the head and the pieces and the fat. Having done that, Moses then washed the inwards and the legs in water, and burnt the whole ram upon the altar for a burnt sacrifice for a sweet savor for an offering made by fire unto the Lord as He had commanded. More

Thursday, July 17, 2014


The Lord God commanded Moses with regard to the building of the Tabernacle and its appendages, and also with regard to the law of burnt offerings and sacrifices and also directed the order for presenting the same unto Him
And the Lord also gave command to Moses regarding the anointing of Aaron and his sons as priests and also with regard of the priestly garments.  So now he gives commands as follows to Moses.
“Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the anointing oil, and a bullock for the sin offering, two rams and a basket of unleavened bread.  Gather all the congregation together at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation and say unto them, this is the thing which the Lord commanded to be done. “
Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water. And he put upon Aaron the coat and girded him with the girdle and clothes him with the robe and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the beautifully woven girdle of the ephod and bound it upon him. Next he put the breastplate upon him; and he put the miter upon his head and in the front of the miter the golden plate, the holy crown as the Lord commanded him.  And Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the tabernacle and all within and sanctified them.

And Moses sprinkled the oil upon the altar seven times and anointed the altar and all the vessels within, and poured the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head. And anointed him to sanctify him, and also likewise Aaron’s son were brought in and have the coats, and girdles, and turbans put on them and they too were anointed to minister as priests within the tabernacle.  more  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Here the Lord made it clear that a sanctified person shall not only be clean, that is to say separated from sin through the atonement and sanctification; but he shall touch no unclean thing neither shall he eat Any unclean or prohibited thing.
            So the Lord spoke to Moses and said, “Speak unto the children of Israel and tell them, you shall eat no manner of fat, whether of ox, or sheep or goat. Neither shall you eat the fat of any beast that dies of itself, nor the fat of any animal torn by a beast, in no wise shall such be eaten.”
“And whoso eats the fat of any beast which has been offered as a burnt offering unto the Lord, he that eats it shall be cut off from the people.”
“Neither shall any manner of blood be eaten; whether it is the blood of a fowl or an animal, it shall not be eaten; and if a soul eats of the blood of any animal that soul also shall be cut off from among the people.”
“As regards the sacrifice of the peace offering unto the Lord, the offeror shall bring his oblation of peace offering, It must be brought by his own hand; including the fat with the breast, and he shall he present it as his sacrifice of peace, so that the breast may be waved as a wave offering before the Lord. The priest shall burn the fat on the altar; but the breast shall be Aaron’s and his sons.”
“Then the right shoulder shall be given to the priest for a heave offering of the sacrifice of your peace offering; and whichever of Aaron’s son who officiates in offering the blood and the fat shall have the right shoulder for his part.”

“And the waved breast and the heaved shoulder I the lord has taken from the children of Israel from the sacrifices of their peace offering, and have given unto Aaron and his sons by a statute forever. This portion is given them by virtue of their anointing to serve in the office of priests. And this is the law of the burnt offering.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


One Important difference with regard to the nature of the peace offering; if the sacrifice of the offering was a vow or voluntary offering it shall be eaten the same day the sacrifice is offered; and if any be left over, it may be eaten on the second day, but not the third day; it must be burnt by fire.  However, f any of the offering of the peace offering be eaten on the third day, God would not accept it as a valid offering and it shall not be imputed to him for an offering; and its eating shall be an abomination and shall be an iniquity to him that eats it.

Also the flesh that touches any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire; All who eat of clean flesh shall be clean; but the soul that eats of the flesh of the sacrifice of the peace offering that pertains to the Lord having his uncleanness upon him, that soul shall be cast out and cut off from the people.   More.

Monday, July 14, 2014


The Law of the offerings; the Peace offering
The peace offering as we shall see takes a special if not unique place in the order of offerings; for the law of the peace offering is as follow: Since it is a sacrificial offering unto the Lord, if it is an offer of thanksgiving, then the priest shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil and cakes mixed with oil of fine flour and fried.  In addition to the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving for his peace offering. And of it he shall offer one out of the whole oblation for a heave offering unto the Lord, and it shall be the priest who sprinkles the blood of the peace offerings. And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it shall be offered, and none of it shall be left for the morning of the next day.
We note the requirement for leavened bread with the offering of the sacrifice of peace with the offering of thanksgiving.
We note too, that the peace offering being a sweet savor offering is placed after the non-sweet savor offerings or third in order behind the sweet savor offering, then the non-sweet savor offerings and lastly the sweet savor peace offering.
From the point of view of order and relationship with God, we may see that the burnt offering represents that which first of all is due to God, His divine love springing from His divine nature; the trespass offering is a type which reminds us of who we are, even though we come to him we still retain our sin nature; but last of all we come with our offer of thanksgiving to make peace with God; for Christ is our Peace and it is through him in type or reality we may come to make peace with the Father.  More

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Now this is the law of the trespass offering, which is most holy. In the place where the burnt offering is killed in that same place the trespass offering was to be killed. And the blood sprinkled round about and on the altar.  And the priest shall offer of it all the fat and the rump and the fat that covers the inwards, and the fat that covers the two kidneys, and their fat, and the fat by the flanks, and the fat above the liver all shall be taken away, And the priest shall burn them upon the altar for an offering made by fire as a trespass offering.
And all the male priests shall eat it in the holy place for it is holy. As is the sin offering, so is the trespass offering; it is but one law for both. And the priest that makes atonement shall have them. And the priest that offers the burnt offering of any man shall be entitled to the skin of the burnt offering.
And all the meal offering that is baked in the oven, and all that is fried in the frying pan, shall be for the priest who offers it. And every meal offering mixed with oil shall be for the sons of Aaron each as much as the other. More  

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Once again, the Lord told Moses to speak to Aaron and his sons and give them instructions for the offerings and the sin offering.
            The law of the sin offering is this: In the place where the burnt offering is killed, shall the sin offering be killed before the Lord, it is most holy. The priest who offers it for sin shall eat it in the holy place, in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation shall it be eaten.
            Whatever that touches the flesh thereof shall be holy, and when the blood thereof is sprinkled, on any garment in the holy place, the garment shall be washed in the holy place; but the earthen vessels wherein it is boiled shall be broken; but if it is boiled in a pot made of bronze, the pot shall be scoured and rinsed with water.
            All the males of the priesthood shall eat of the sin offering; for it is most holy; but no sin offering of which any of the blood thereof is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to make atonement for sin shall be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire. More  

Friday, July 11, 2014


Now we have talked about the law of the burst offering and the role of the priest in his ministerial capacity.  Now we will look at the meal offering and the function of Aaron and his sons in their ministerial capacity.
            “And this is the law of the meal offering; the sons of Aaron shall offer it before the Lord at the altar.   He shall take a handful of the flour of the meal offering and of the oil thereof and the frankincense and shall burn it upon the altar even for the memorial of it for a sweet savor unto the Lord.”
            The remainder shall Aaron and his sons eat with unleavened bread within the holy place in the tabernacle of the congregation.  It shall not be baked with leaven; I have given it to them for their portion for their service; it is most holy as is the sin offering and the trespass offering.
            The Lord also gave commandment to Aaron and his sons  This is the offering they shall offer unto the Lord in the day when he is anointed. The tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meal offering, perpetual, a half in the morning and the other half at night.

            In a pan it shall be baked with oil; when it is baked it shall be brought in and the baked pieces shall they offer unto the Lord for a sweet savor unto the Lord. And then Aaron shall offer it; it is a statute forever unto the Lord. It shall be completely burnt. And every meal offering for the priest shall be burnt and not eaten. More      

Thursday, July 10, 2014


In looking at these intricate details that God dictated with regard to the atonement of sin by way of animal sacrifice and burnt offering, we may see and conclude that God’s concern was for the sanctification of this nation that He via Moses led out of Egypt.
We may recall that the children of Israel in their penchant for faithlessness and rebellion had asked Moses if he had brought them out of Egypt to die of hunger and thirst; so now God wanted to assure His people that He was just as concerned over their spiritual well-being as their physical, hence the minute instructions concerning the means for sanctification through confession of sin and sacrifice.
So now let us look at what God said concerning the law of the offerings and burnt offering.  “This is the law of the burnt offering:  It is the burnt offering because of the burning on the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar burning on it.”
“The priest shall put on his linen garment and his linen breeches and take the ashes made by the fire, and also the burnt offering, and shall place them upon the altar.”
“Then having thus gathered and placed the ashes and burnt offering on the altar, he shall remove the linen garment and breeches and put on other clothes, and carry the ashes and burnt offering to a clean place outside the camp. In doing so the fire from the altar shall continue to burn, and to enable which the priest shall put wood on it every morning so that the fire never goes out, and so that the fat of the peace offering be burnt there also. More

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


The following show that God as a law-giver is not only concerned with right and wrong, truth and justice with regard to the way His people behave toward Him, but also with regard to how His people act inter se.  So that we find Him giving instructions regarding, lying to another with regard to a chattel entrusted to him, example a bailment, or just with regard to fellowship, or a thing taken away be violence, deceitful conduct towards a neighbor, larceny by finding, or lying concerning the thing found, or swearing a false oath. The Lord declared all or any of these things to be sin not just against the neighbor or person injured, but against God Himself; for it is God says, “a trespass against me.”
“Therefore, since you have sinned, you shall restore the thing taken violently away, or the thing which has been gotten by deceit, or that which you refused to return being entrusted to you, or that which was found and not returned, or that about which you have sworn falsely, you shall restore the principal, and add a fifth part on top of it and give it to the person deprived or robbed in any of the ways detailed above.
In addition having made restitution, he is also commanded to bring a trespass offering unto the Lord, a ram taken out of the flock without spot or blemish, and deliver it unto the priest; and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the Lord and it shall be forgiven him.   More

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Continuing with the trespass offering, we have seen the requirement for a female lamb or kid failing which, two turtledoves or two young pigeons.  Now these were to be brought to the priest who was directed how to deal with them as with every other offering.
First the priest would offer what was for the sin offering first , that is to say one of the two that were offered, when the priest shall wring its neck and without otherwise cutting it, sprinkle its blood upon the altar and the bottom of the altar for a sin offering. Then that having been done, he offers the second for a burnt offering according to the custom for burnt offerings and make an atonement for the sin of the sinner.
But what was to happen if the sinner could not get a lamb or a kid or turtledoves or pigeons?  Well the Lord made a way for such a one also. His offering was to be a tenth part of an ephah of fine flour; but with no oil or frankincense added.  Here again we notice the difference between a love offering and a sin offering;   The burnt love offerings were scented with oil and frankincense for a sweet savor unto the Lord; but not so the sin offering, not even when the sin was due to inadvertence or ignorance.  The Lord has no pleasure in the ordor of sin.
So then the priest would take a handful of the flour and burn it sans oil or frankincense according as the offering was made unto the Lord by fire, for a sin offering.
So whatever the sin offering the priest shall make an atonement for the sinner and the remnant in every case was the priests for a meal offering. More

Monday, July 7, 2014


The non-sweet savor Trespass Offering.

God’s will for His people is that they may be saved; and so He has given us laws and regulations, rules and ordinances to ensure that we, by living by them, will live holy lives.  So while He gave us prohibitive laws, that is to say laws that forbid us to do certain things which are ipso facto morally wrong, example the Ten commandments, He has also provided certain other directives that our lives should be pure and holy in everything we do and say and hear and abide.
            In this connection God provided that if a soul sins and hears the voice of an oath, and is a witness, whether he has seen or known of it, and if he does not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity. This is really a prohibition against cursing, or swearing as so many love to do, especially those who use the Lord’s name in vain.
            Also if a person touches any unclean thing, whether it be a carcass, of a beast or a cattle, or some reptile, and whether he is aware of it or not, he shall be unclean and is guilty. Likewise if a man touches an unclean human and knows it not he shall also be defiled; and if he knows about it he is guilty. This is but another instance of the law of God condemning homosexuality/lesbianism/bestiality among others
And in any of the above uncleanness, the person shall first of all confess that he had sinned.
Thereafter he is required to provide a trespass offering unto the Lord for his sin which he has sinned, The offering is to be a female from the flock, a lamb of a sheep or a goat.  He shall take it to the priest and the priest shall make an atonement for him for his sin. But if the sinner is unable to bring a lamb, then he is required to take to turtledoves or two pigeons unto the Lord; one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. More

Sunday, July 6, 2014


So God has said what should be done to atone individual sin, priestly sin, and sin of the whole congregation; but God now stipulates for sin of ignorance committed by a ruler, as a separate category, since a ruler by definition may be excluded from any of the three groups just mentioned.
So now if a ruler sins through ignorance against any of the commandments of God and such sin comes to knowledge, he shall bring for his offering a male kid of the goat, without blemish. He shall lay his hand upon the head of the goat and kill it in the same place as that in which the burnt offering is killed, and offer it as a sin offering.
            And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and sprinkle it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and pour out the blood at the foot of the altar of burnt offering. And he the priest shall burn all the fat upon the altar as the fat of the sacrifice of the peace offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for the ruler concerning his sin and it shall be forgiven him.
Even so, to make sure that none be excluded who may not deem himself a member of the congregation, maybe someone who had been expelled or whose membership was suspended or deemed an outcast of the tribe of Israel, the Lord made provision for him also so that he could bring to the congregation a female lamb, and offer it as for a sin offering.  He shall lay his hands upon it, thereby identifying himself with his sin and having killed it, the priest shall sprinkle the blood, and burn the fat as per any other sin offering and likewise make an atonement for him and his sin also shall be forgiven him.
            So we see that none of the children of Israel was excluded from the embrace of the blood atonement my making an offering for his sin; and by parity of reasoning, we see also that no one is excluded from coming to Christ and be covered by His shed blood shed once and for all on the cross of Calvary. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Surely, the Lord looks upon the sin of the individual, those who are called to be His ministers, and indeed the sin of a whole nation.  That is how it was in the beginning and that’s how it still is now.  No sin is overlooked; no sin against the statutes, ordinances and commandments of the Lord God can be excused without the covering as of old by the blood of animals, and now by the blood of Christ.
            Accordingly, the Lord made provision for the atonement of individual sin, sin of the anointed priests as well as sin of the whole congregation. Therefore the Lord said, “if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hidden from the eyes of the assembly, and they have gone against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty, then when the sin becomes  known, the congregation shall offer a young bullock for the sin, and bring it before the tabernacle of the congregation .
            And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands upon the head of the animal before the congregation, and the bullock shall be killed before the Lord. And the priest who is anointed shall bring the blood of the bullock to the tabernacle of the congregation and dip his finger in some of the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the veil of the altar. He shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar; and he shall sprinkle some of the blood at the base of the altar of burnt offering at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation; then shall he take all the fat of the animal and burn it upon the altar. And thus shall the priest make an atonement for the sin of the congregation as for a sin offering, and their sin shall be forgiven them. And the carcass of the animal is then taken outside the camp as per the sin offering and burnt there.

Friday, July 4, 2014


As we consider God’s provisions for sins through ignorance, we may also consider the false teaching and or belief that the blood offering as an atonement for sin only applied to sins committed by way of error.  I repeat here that such views are not biblical; for it clearly stated that the offerings, especially the burnt offering was offered as an atonement for the sin of the offeror; for if there is no sin there is no need to cover it. That was not the law in the OT and it is not the law in the NT; for indeed it is the law that, “Almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”
            So now having gotten that out of the way, let us now look at what the law says about sins committed in error or through ignorance.
            The Lord told Moses to inform the children of Israel and tell them; “ if a soul sin through ignorance, against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which art not to be done, and shall do against any of them; or if the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people, then let him bring for his sin a young bullock without spot or blemish unto the Lord for a sin offering.
            The procedure for offering the bull was not exactly the same as for the regular burnt offering, the sweet-savor offering; the priest or offeror had to lay his hand upon its head, kill it and sprinkle the blood on and around the altar and the horns of the altar, and remove all the fat from the inwards, the inners and its two kidneys and burnt on the altar as a non-sweet savor offering. But the skin of the bullock, its head and all its flesh and its inners and its dung, had to be taken to a place set aside outside the camp for that purpose and burnt, and the ashes sprinkled there.   

Thursday, July 3, 2014


The Sweet Savor of the Peace Offering.
The peace offering was an offering of some specified animal.  If it was of the herd, male or female, it had to be without spot or blemish; and it could be a lamb or a goat in each case without spot or blemish.
The animal was treated much the same way as the burnt offering with some variations. The offeror in any case would take the animal to the tabernacle and there lay his hand on its head and kill it. The blood of the offered animal sprinkled round about the altar, and the fat that covered the inwards and all the fat burnt upon the altar for a sweet savor unto the Lord for a perpetual statute.
Let us now consider what was symbolized here. The peace offering was clearly a foreshadowing of the entire work of Christ; for we know that Christ is our peace; He by His death and vicarious suffering made our peace with God; He proclaimed our peace; for God was in Christ reconciling us to Himself, with one another and with God.
            The ordinance was stated to be perpetual; but this is understood to be contingent upon that certain time and that certain event satisfied and consummated in Christ, the truly paschal lamb without spot or blemish, whose blood was shed as a propitiation for our sins, and thus fulfilled, brought to its natural rational conclusion everything that was symbolized and foreshadowed in the original ordinance stated to be in perpetuity.   


Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Offering of first fruits.

Looking at the type of offerings and oblations mandated, one may see at once that God’s intention was to make it easy for everyone who willed to be able to afford something to give. Whether it be a burnt offering of an animal, an offering of fine flour or in this latter case an offering of first fruits.  And so it was provided, “if you bring an oblation of first fruit, you shall offer it unto the Lord; but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savor. And when the offering was a first fruit offering for a meal offering, it shall be for the offering green ears of grain, dried by the fire, even grain beaten out of full ears. There shall be put on it oil and frankincense, for a meal offering.
            And the priest shall burn a memorial of it, part of the beaten grain thereof, and part of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof, as an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Following the burnt offering were provisions for the meal offering.  “And when thou offer a meal offering, unto the Lord, it shall be of fine flour mixed with oil and frankincense.”
 It was to be presented to Aaron and his sons. And the priest would take a handful of the mixture of flour and oil and frankincense and burn it upon the altar with fire for a sweet savor unto the Lord.   And the rest of the offering shall be for Aaron and his sons. And it shall be a thing holy unto the Lord.
If the offering was an oblation of an offering baked in the oven, it shall be made of unleavened cakes, of fine flour mixed with oil; and it shall be parted in pieces and oil poured on it  for a meal offering.
Another kind of a meal offering for an oblation was a meal offering baked in the frying pan, it shall likewise be of fine flour mixed with oil. Then it is presented to the priest who would then take it unto the altar.  Then the priest would take a part of it and burn it on the altar as an offering made by fire and a sweet savor unto the Lord. And in any case, after the part was burnt the remainder was for Aaron and his sons   And whether baked or fried it could never be made with leaven or honey; for no offering made unto the Lord could be made with leaven or honey unto the Lord.

The fine flour speaks of the evenness and perfection of Christ’s character in which there was no quality out of balance and none lacking; the fire spoke of Christ’s suffering as if by fire unto death; frankincense speaks of His fragrance, pureness and perfection before God; the absence of leaven speaks of His purity in truth; the absence of honey indicated a substance, the body of Christ, sweet in itself requiring no outside or artificial flavor; it was natural sweetness by nature; and the oil symbolized that Christ was born of the Holy Spirit of God.  More