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Leviticus 6 - Instructions For the Priests
A. More instances for performing the guilt offering.
1. (1-6) The necessity of the guilt offering when a person sinned against a neighbor by lying or theft.
a. If a person had been defrauded, it wasn't enough that sacrifice cover the guilt of the sin before God; restitution had to settle the account with the victim of the fraud.
2. (7) The certainty of forgiveness when the sacrifice is made.
a. This assurance would be marvelous for a guilty conscience; one could look up this promise and know that their sin was covered before the Lord.
b. Even as the promise in 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
B. Specific instructions for the priests regarding the offerings.
1. (8-13) The Burnt Offering.
a. The Burnt Offering, speaking of consecration, had to remain upon the altar in a "slow burn" for a long time, tended by the priest.
b. The work of giving ourselves completely to God is not a quick work, and we may feel that we have been laying on the fire for a long time!
i. "Does the perpetual fire burn on the altar of thy heart? Art thou ever looking unto Jesus, and beholding, by faith, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world?" (Clarke)
c. The perpetual fire also speaks to the fact that these offerings must continually be made; it was impossible to perfectly complete them.
2. (14-23) The Grain Offering.
a. A portion of the Grain Offering belonged to the priests, and was to be eaten by them as a holy gift.
b. The grain offering associated with the anointing of a priest was to be completely burned.
3. (24-30) The Sin Offering.
a. A portion of the Sin Offering (at least in the case of the sin offering for a ruler or the common people) was left over, and was to be given to the priests.
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