This is where we’re gonna get into Leviticus. This WHOLE book is pretty much dedicated to the laws/rules that the ancient Judaic religion abided by. The book of Leviticus also gets into the clan divisions & what-not. But in this chapter, we’ll be getting into solely the burnt offering. This chapter is a short one. So I apologize, in advance, for the length of this blog post. Enjoy the read, friends!
God talks to Moses from the Tent of Meeting. God says: “Look, talk to the Israelites. Moses, you have to tell them that when anyone brings an offering to me, God, that it has to be either from a herd or a flock.” (Herds Or Flocks, that sounds like a game show on Animal Planet.)
God then gets into the rules of the burnt offering(s) with Moses. Here we go: If the offering is a burnt offering, from the herd, it’s to be a male without defect. (This means no visible blemishes, not all right in head need not apply.) They must present the offering to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting (I’m going to start just saying “the Tent.”) so that God will find it acceptable.
The person, who is giving the offering, is to lay their hands on the head of the offering. It’ll be accepted, on his behalf, to make atonement for him. They are to slaughter the young bull before God. Aaron’s sons, the priests, will bring the blood & sprinkle it on the altar on all the sides. This is all taking place at the entrance of the Tent. They are to skin the offering & cut it into pieces.
The sons of Aaron, who is duh the priest, are to put fire to the altar & arrange the wood on the fire. Then the priests, Aaron’s sons, arranged the pieces, including the fat & head, on the burning altar. They are to wash the inner parts & legs with water. The priest is to burn all of it on the altar. (To me, it sounds like they’re having a BBQ!)
If the offering is from the flock, they’re to offer a dove or young pigeon. The priest will bring the offering to the altar. The priest wrings off the head & burns it on the altar. Its blood will be drained out on the side of the altar.
They are to remove the crop, with its contents, & throw it to the east side of the altar, where the ashes are. They’ll tear it open by the wings, not severing it completely. Then the priest would burn it on the burning altar.