Chapter 6:1-7 is the conclusion of the trespass offering but the rest of 6 & 7 are instructions for the priests who served in the tabernacle: "The Laws of the Offerings."
Leviticus 6:1 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour; 3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein: 4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found, 5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering. 6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: 7 And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein."
A sin against another person is a sin against God. These verses would seem to exemplify the "golden rule" as stated in Matthew 7:12; "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." If you are keeping something safe for someone and you lose it or if you take something away from someone else you are to restore that item plus add a fifth part. In other words, if the item was worth $50 you are to return the article or one like it and give them an extra $10; then the Isralites still had to deliver a ram without blemish to the priest for a sacrifice to be forgiven for this sin. Also, if you find something that belongs to someone else, you are to return it to the person it belongs to!
Leviticus 6:8 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 9 Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it."
While the tabernacle was set up, the fire on the altar was to be kept burning all day and all night. The burnt offering was to be left on the altar until it was completely consumed. Although we do not have to offer sacrifices today, Romans 12:1-2 says we are to offer ourselves a living sacrifice to God.
Leviticus 6:10 "And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen breeches shall he put upon his flesh, and take up the ashes which the fire hath consumed with the burnt offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar. 11 And he shall put off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry forth the ashes without the camp unto a clean place."
Notice in these verses the priest starts out in his best linen garments but when he takes out the ashes of sin he must change these for other garments. The garments were specially made to completely cover the priests with linen pants. I see people going to church on Sunday to worship God with just any old thing from the closet. Your best doesn't have to be expensive or new but it should be your best! I know there are times when we must go to church straight from work or other extenuating circumstances. But we should always try to give God the best we have to offer and that includes offering ourselves as presentable and decent for worship. After the priest approached the altar and removed the ashes he was to lay them aside and go change his clothes. He was then to take the ashes, which represented sin, outside the camp and leave them in a clean place.
Leviticus 6:14 "And this is the law of the meat offering: the sons of Aaron shall offer it before the LORD, before the altar. 15 And he shall take of it his handful, of the flour of the meat offering, and of the oil thereof, and all the frankincense which is upon the meat offering, and shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour, even the memorial of it, unto the LORD. 16 And the remainder thereof shall Aaron and his sons eat: with unleavened bread shall it be eaten in the holy place; in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation they shall eat it."
The meat offering could be translated to meal offering. It was grain instead of meat. A handful was to be burnt on the altar as a sweet savor unto the Lord; the remainder the priest and his sons were allowed to eat with unleavened bread in the court of the tabernacle. Verse 16 says, "in the holy place" but this does not mean in the Holy of Holies. Any place God is found is deemed Holy!
Leviticus 6:19 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 20 This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which they shall offer unto the LORD in the day when he is anointed; the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meat offering perpetual, half of it in the morning, and half thereof at night."
Even the priests were to offer a tithe of what was given to them. They received a tenth of all offerings that were not to be completely consumed by fire and in turn were to give back a tenth of that as an offering to God. God requires an offering of everyone! It is not a gift you are giving to Him when you tithe, it is a required sacrifice. Even ministers are not exempt from tithing!
Leviticus 6:24 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 25 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed before the LORD: it is most holy. 30 And no sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire."
Notice verse 25 says the sin offering was most holy. How can that be? It stood for the sins of the people, did it not? Then how could it be most holy? Think about Jesus Christ. He was our sin offering. He was the pure, unblemished sacrifice offered up for the sins of mankind. Yet He was most holy. Even though He took upon Himself the sins of the world, or perhaps because He took upon Himself the sins of the world, He was Holy! If any sin offering was brought into the tabernacle with the blood still in it, it had not been drained, it was not to be eaten by the priests but burnt by fire.
Leviticus 7:1 "Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy. 2 In the place where they kill the burnt offering shall they kill the trespass offering: and the blood thereof shall he sprinkle round about upon the altar. 3 And he shall offer of it all the fat thereof; the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards, 4 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul that is above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away: 5 And the priest shall burn them upon the altar for an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a trespass offering. 6 Every male among the priests shall eat thereof: it shall be eaten in the holy place: it is most holy. 7 As the sin offering is, so is the trespass offering: there is one law for them: the priest that maketh atonement therewith shall have it. 8 And the priest that offereth any man's burnt offering, even the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt offering which he hath offered. 12 If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried."
The trespass offering was to be considered holy and was to be killed in the same place
as the burnt offering. The sin offering and the trespass offering were to be treated as the
same. The skin of the sacrificial animal was not to be burned. It was given to the priests as
was everything cooked in the oven and the frying pan. Unleavened cakes were to be offered as a
thanksgiving offering. Hebrews 13:15 says "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of
praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." We
should always enter into the presence of God with a prayer of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not
optional, it is a requirement of worship and forgiveness!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Did you ever consider your prayers of thanks as sacrifice offerings? Offerings of thanks and praise are requirements of worship. I'm afraid we all fail in this area!
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