Levitical Worship: Sacrifices and Feasts

Leviticus

Levitical Worship: Sacrifices and Feasts

October 9th, 1974 @ 7:30 PM

Leviticus 1-27

And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock. If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD. And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces. And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire: And the priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD. And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish. And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar. And he shall cut it into his pieces, with his head and his fat: and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: But he shall wash the inwards and the legs with water: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD. And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to the LORD be of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young pigeons. And the priest shall bring it unto the altar, and wring off his head, and burn it on the altar; and the blood thereof shall be wrung out at the side of the altar: And he shall pluck away his crop with his feathers, and cast it beside the altar on the east part, by the place of the ashes: And he shall cleave it with the wings thereof, but shall not divide it asunder: and the priest shall burn it upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD. And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon: And he shall bring it to Aaron's sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD: And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron's and his sons': it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire. And if thou bring an oblation of a meat offering baken in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil. And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in a pan, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mingled with oil. Thou shalt part it in pieces, and pour oil thereon: it is a meat offering. And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in the fryingpan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil. And thou shalt bring the meat offering that is made of these things unto the LORD: and when it is presented unto the priest, he shall bring it unto the altar. And the priest shall take from the meat offering a memorial thereof, and shall burn it upon the altar: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD. And that which is left of the meat offering shall be Aaron's and his sons': it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire. No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the LORD made by fire. As for the oblation of the firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the LORD: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour. And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt. And if thou offer a meat offering of thy firstfruits unto the LORD, thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy firstfruits green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears. And thou shalt put oil upon it, and lay frankincense thereon: it is a meat offering. And the priest shall burn the memorial of it, part of the beaten corn thereof, and part of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof: it is an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer it of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away. And Aaron's sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD. And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish. If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the LORD. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons shall sprinkle the blood thereof round about upon the altar. And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away. And the priest shall burn it upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire unto the LORD. And if his offering be a goat, then he shall offer it before the LORD. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of it, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and the sons of Aaron shall sprinkle the blood thereof upon the altar round about. And he shall offer thereof his offering, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away. And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the LORD'S. It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them: If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering. And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock's head, and kill the bullock before the LORD. And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock's blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation: And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before the LORD, before the vail of the sanctuary. And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the LORD, which is in the tabernacle of the congregation; and shall pour all the blood of the bullock at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he shall take off from it all the fat of the bullock for the sin offering; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away, As it was taken off from the bullock of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall burn them upon the altar of the burnt offering. And the skin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards, and his dung, Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt. And if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty; When the sin, which they have sinned against it, is known, then the congregation shall offer a young bullock for the sin, and bring him before the tabernacle of the congregation. And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands upon the head of the bullock before the LORD: and the bullock shall be killed before the LORD. And the priest that is anointed shall bring of the bullock's blood to the tabernacle of the congregation: And the priest shall dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD, even before the vail. And he shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar which is before the LORD, that is in the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall pour out all the blood at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he shall take all his fat from him, and burn it upon the altar. And he shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock for a sin offering, so shall he do with this: and the priest shall make an atonement for them, and it shall be forgiven them. And he shall carry forth the bullock without the camp, and burn him as he burned the first bullock: it is a sin offering for the congregation. When a ruler hath sinned, and done somewhat through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD his God concerning things which should not be done, and is guilty; Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a male without blemish: And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the goat, and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering before the LORD: it is a sin offering. And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out his blood at the bottom of the altar of burnt offering. And he shall burn all his fat upon the altar, as the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall make an atonement for him as concerning his sin, and it shall be forgiven him. And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty; Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering. And the priest shall take of the blood thereof with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar. And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat is taken away from off the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the priest shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour unto the LORD; and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him. And if he bring a lamb for a sin offering, he shall bring it a female without blemish. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay it for a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering. And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar: And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat of the lamb is taken away from the sacrifice of the peace offerings; and the priest shall burn them upon the altar, according to the offerings made by fire unto the LORD: and the priest shall make an atonement for his sin that he hath committed, and it shall be forgiven him. And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity. Or if a soul touch any unclean thing, whether it be a carcase of an unclean beast, or a carcase of unclean cattle, or the carcase of unclean creeping things, and if it be hidden from him; he also shall be unclean, and guilty. Or if he touch the uncleanness of man, whatsoever uncleanness it be that a man shall be defiled withal, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty. Or if a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it be that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these. And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he hath sinned in that thing: And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD for his sin which he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin. And if he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass, which he hath committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, unto the LORD; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering. And he shall bring them unto the priest, who shall offer that which is for the sin offering first, and wring off his head from his neck, but shall not divide it asunder: And he shall sprinkle of the blood of the sin offering upon the side of the altar; and the rest of the blood shall be wrung out at the bottom of the altar: it is a sin offering. And he shall offer the second for a burnt offering, according to the manner: and the priest shall make an atonement for him for his sin which he hath sinned, and it shall be forgiven him. But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any frankincense thereon: for it is a sin offering. Then shall he bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it, even a memorial thereof, and burn it on the altar, according to the offerings made by fire unto the LORD: it is a sin offering. And the priest shall make an atonement for him as touching his sin that he hath sinned in one of these, and it shall be forgiven him: and the remnant shall be the priest's, as a meat offering. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering: And he shall make amends for the harm that he hath done in the holy thing, and shall add the fifth part thereto, and give it unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him. And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity. And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance wherein he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him. It is a trespass offering: he hath certainly trespassed against the LORD. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 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; 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: 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, 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. 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: 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. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 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. 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. And he shall put off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry forth the ashes without the camp unto a clean place. And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings. The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out. And this is the law of the meat offering: the sons of Aaron shall offer it before the LORD, before the altar. 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. 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. It shall not be baken with leaven. I have given it unto them for their portion of my offerings made by fire; it is most holy, as is the sin offering, and as the trespass offering. All the males among the children of Aaron shall eat of it. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations concerning the offerings of the LORD made by fire: every one that toucheth them shall be holy. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 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. In a pan it shall be made with oil; and when it is baken, thou shalt bring it in: and the baken pieces of the meat offering shalt thou offer for a sweet savour unto the LORD. And the priest of his sons that is anointed in his stead shall offer it: it is a statute for ever unto the LORD; it shall be wholly burnt. For every meat offering for the priest shall be wholly burnt: it shall not be eaten. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 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. The priest that offereth it for sin shall eat it: in the holy place shall it be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation. Whatsoever shall touch the flesh thereof shall be holy: and when there is sprinkled of the blood thereof upon any garment, thou shalt wash that whereon it was sprinkled in the holy place. But the earthen vessel wherein it is sodden shall be broken: and if it be sodden in a brasen pot, it shall be both scoured, and rinsed in water. All the males among the priests shall eat thereof: it is most holy. 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. Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy. 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. And he shall offer of it all the fat thereof; the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards, 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: And the priest shall burn them upon the altar for an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a trespass offering. Every male among the priests shall eat thereof: it shall be eaten in the holy place: it is most holy. 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. 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. And all the meat offering that is baken in the oven, and all that is dressed in the fryingpan, and in the pan, shall be the priest's that offereth it. And every meat offering, mingled with oil, and dry, shall all the sons of Aaron have, one as much as another. And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD. 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. Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings. And of it he shall offer one out of the whole oblation for an heave offering unto the LORD, and it shall be the priest's that sprinkleth 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 is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning. But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten: But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire. And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity. And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof. But the soul that eateth of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, that pertain unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him, even that soul shall be cut off from his people. Moreover the soul that shall touch any unclean thing, as the uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which pertain unto the LORD, even that soul shall be cut off from his people. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat. And the fat of the beast that dieth of itself, and the fat of that which is torn with beasts, may be used in any other use: but ye shall in no wise eat of it. For whosoever eateth the fat of the beast, of which men offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, even the soul that eateth it shall be cut off from his people. Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings. Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, He that offereth the sacrifice of his peace offerings unto the LORD shall bring his oblation unto the LORD of the sacrifice of his peace offerings. His own hands shall bring the offerings of the LORD made by fire, the fat with the breast, it shall he bring, that the breast may be waved for a wave offering before the LORD. And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast shall be Aaron's and his sons'. And the right shoulder shall ye give unto the priest for an heave offering of the sacrifices of your peace offerings. He among the sons of Aaron, that offereth the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, shall have the right shoulder for his part. For the wave breast and the heave shoulder have I taken of the children of Israel from off the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them unto Aaron the priest and unto his sons by a statute for ever from among the children of Israel. This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, in the day when he presented them to minister unto the LORD in the priest's office; Which the LORD commanded to be given them of the children of Israel, in the day that he anointed them, by a statute for ever throughout their generations. This is the law of the burnt offering, of the meat offering, and of the sin offering, and of the trespass offering, and of the consecrations, and of the sacrifice of the peace offerings; Which the LORD commanded Moses in mount Sinai, in the day that he commanded the children of Israel to offer their oblations unto the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and a bullock for the sin offering, and two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread; And gather thou all the congregation together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Moses did as the LORD commanded him; and the assembly was gathered together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Moses said unto the congregation, This is the thing which the LORD commanded to be done. And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water. And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith. And he put the breastplate upon him: also he put in the breastplate the Urim and the Thummim. And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the LORD commanded Moses. And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them. And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both the laver and his foot, to sanctify them. And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron's head, and anointed him, to sanctify him. And Moses brought Aaron's sons, and put coats upon them, and girded them with girdles, and put bonnets upon them; as the LORD commanded Moses. And he brought the bullock for the sin offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bullock for the sin offering. And he slew it; and Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger, and purified the altar, and poured the blood at the bottom of the altar, and sanctified it, to make reconciliation upon it. And he took all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and their fat, and Moses burned it upon the altar. But the bullock, and his hide, his flesh, and his dung, he burnt with fire without the camp; as the LORD commanded Moses. And he brought the ram for the burnt offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram. And he killed it; and Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about. And he cut the ram into pieces; and Moses burnt the head, and the pieces, and the fat. And he washed the inwards and the legs in water; and Moses burnt the whole ram upon the altar: it was a burnt sacrifice for a sweet savour, and an offering made by fire unto the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses. And he brought the other ram, the ram of consecration: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram. And he slew it; and Moses took of the blood of it, and put it upon 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 brought Aaron's sons, and Moses put of the blood upon the tip of their right ear, and upon the thumbs of their right hands, and upon the great toes of their right feet: and Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about. And he took the fat, and the rump, and all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul 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 upon the right shoulder: And he put all upon Aaron's hands, and upon his sons' hands, and waved them for a wave offering before the LORD. And Moses took them from off their hands, and burnt them on the altar upon the burnt offering: they were consecrations for a sweet savour: it is an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And Moses took the breast, and waved it for a wave offering before the LORD: for of the ram of consecration it was Moses' part; as the LORD commanded Moses. And Moses took of the anointing oil, and of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon his sons' garments with him; and sanctified Aaron, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons' garments with him. And Moses said unto Aaron and to his sons, Boil the flesh at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and there eat it with the bread that is in the basket of consecrations, as I commanded, saying, Aaron and his sons shall eat it. And that which remaineth of the flesh and of the bread shall ye burn with fire. And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you. As he hath done this day, so the LORD hath commanded to do, to make an atonement for you. Therefore shall ye abide at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation day and night seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD, that ye die not: for so I am commanded. So Aaron and his sons did all things which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses. And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD. And unto the children of Israel thou shalt speak, saying, Take ye a kid of the goats for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, for a burnt offering; Also a bullock and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meat offering mingled with oil: for to day the LORD will appear unto you. And they brought that which Moses commanded before the tabernacle of the congregation: and all the congregation drew near and stood before the LORD. And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you. And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded. Aaron therefore went unto the altar, and slew the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself. And the sons of Aaron brought the blood unto him: and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the bottom of the altar: But the fat, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver of the sin offering, he burnt upon the altar; as the LORD commanded Moses. And the flesh and the hide he burnt with fire without the camp. And he slew the burnt offering; and Aaron's sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled round about upon the altar. And they presented the burnt offering unto him, with the pieces thereof, and the head: and he burnt them upon the altar. And he did wash the inwards and the legs, and burnt them upon the burnt offering on the altar. And he brought the people's offering, and took the goat, which was the sin offering for the people, and slew it, and offered it for sin, as the first. And he brought the burnt offering, and offered it according to the manner. And he brought the meat offering, and took an handful thereof, and burnt it upon the altar, beside the burnt sacrifice of the morning. He slew also the bullock and the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people: and Aaron's sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled upon the altar round about, And the fat of the bullock and of the ram, the rump, and that which covereth the inwards, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver: And they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burnt the fat upon the altar: And the breasts and the right shoulder Aaron waved for a wave offering before the LORD; as Moses commanded. And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings. And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces. And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace. 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 in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said. And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled. And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses. And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses. And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat offering that remaineth of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it is most holy: And ye shall eat it in the holy place, because it is thy due, and thy sons' due, of the sacrifices of the LORD made by fire: for so I am commanded. And the wave breast and heave shoulder shall ye eat in a clean place; thou, and thy sons, and thy daughters with thee: for they be thy due, and thy sons' due, which are given out of the sacrifices of peace offerings of the children of Israel. The heave shoulder and the wave breast shall they bring with the offerings made by fire of the fat, to wave it for a wave offering before the LORD; and it shall be thine, and thy sons' with thee, by a statute for ever; as the LORD hath commanded. And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burnt: and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron which were left alive, saying, Wherefore have ye not eaten the sin offering in the holy place, seeing it is most holy, and God hath given it you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD? Behold, the blood of it was not brought in within the holy place: ye should indeed have eaten it in the holy place, as I commanded. And Aaron said unto Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD; and such things have befallen me: and if I had eaten the sin offering to day, should it have been accepted in the sight of the LORD? And when Moses heard that, he was content. And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you. These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat. And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination. Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you. And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray, And the vulture, and the kite after his kind; Every raven after his kind; And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind, And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat. All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you. Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you. And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall be unclean until the even. And whosoever beareth ought of the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even. The carcases of every beast which divideth the hoof, and is not clovenfooted, nor cheweth the cud, are unclean unto you: every one that toucheth them shall be unclean. And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all four, those are unclean unto you: whoso toucheth their carcase shall be unclean until the even. And he that beareth the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: they are unclean unto you. These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind, And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole. These are unclean to you among all that creep: whosoever doth touch them, when they be dead, shall be unclean until the even. And upon whatsoever any of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether it be any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel it be, wherein any work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; so it shall be cleansed. And every earthen vessel, whereinto any of them falleth, whatsoever is in it shall be unclean; and ye shall break it. Of all meat which may be eaten, that on which such water cometh shall be unclean: and all drink that may be drunk in every such vessel shall be unclean. And every thing whereupon any part of their carcase falleth shall be unclean; whether it be oven, or ranges for pots, they shall be broken down: for they are unclean, and shall be unclean unto you. Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcase shall be unclean. And if any part of their carcase fall upon any sowing seed which is to be sown, it shall be clean. But if any water be put upon the seed, and any part of their carcase fall thereon, it shall be unclean unto you. And if any beast, of which ye may eat, die; he that toucheth the carcase thereof shall be unclean until the even. And he that eateth of the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: he also that beareth the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even. And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten. Whatsoever goeth upon the belly, and whatsoever goeth upon all four, or whatsoever hath more feet among all creeping things that creep upon the earth, them ye shall not eat; for they are an abomination. Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby. For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled. But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days. And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for 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, unto 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 her that hath born a male or a female. And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the 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. And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, saying, When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests: And the priest shall look on the plague in the skin of the flesh: and when the hair in the plague is turned white, and the plague in sight be deeper than the skin of his 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 his flesh, and in sight be not deeper than the skin, and the hair thereof be not turned white; then the priest shall shut up him that hath the plague seven days: And the priest shall look on him the seventh day: and, behold, if the plague in his sight be at a stay, and the plague spread not in the skin; then the priest shall shut him up seven days more: And the priest shall look on him again the seventh day: and, behold, if the plague be somewhat dark, and the plague spread not in the skin, the priest shall pronounce him clean: it is but a scab: and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean. But if the scab spread much abroad in the skin, after that he hath been seen of the priest for his cleansing, he shall be seen of the priest again: And if the priest see that, behold, the scab spreadeth in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a leprosy. When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest; And the priest shall see him: and, behold, if the rising be white in the skin, and it have turned the hair white, and there be quick raw flesh in the rising; It is an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean, and shall not shut him up: for he is unclean. And if a leprosy break out abroad in the skin, and the leprosy cover all the skin of him that hath the plague from his head even to his foot, wheresoever the priest looketh; Then the priest shall consider: and, behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague: it is all turned white: he is clean. But when raw flesh appeareth in him, he shall be unclean. And the priest shall see the raw flesh, and pronounce him to be unclean: for the raw flesh is unclean: it is a leprosy. Or if the raw flesh turn again, and be changed unto white, he shall come unto the priest; And the priest shall see him: and, behold, if the plague be turned into white; then the priest shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague: he is clean. The flesh also, in which, even in the skin thereof, was a boil, and is healed, And in the place of the boil there be a white rising, or a bright spot, white, and somewhat reddish, and it be shewed to the priest; And if, when the priest seeth it, behold, it be in sight lower than the skin, and the hair thereof be turned white; the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a plague of leprosy broken out of the boil. But if the priest look on it, and, behold, there be no white hairs therein, and if it be not lower than the skin, but be somewhat dark; then the priest shall shut him up seven days: And if it spread much abroad in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a plague. But if the bright spot stay in his place, and spread not, it is a burning boil; and the priest shall pronounce him clean. Or if there be any flesh, in the skin whereof there is a hot burning, and the quick flesh that burneth have a white bright spot, somewhat reddish, or white; Then the priest shall look upon it: and, behold, if the hair in the bright spot be turned white, and it be in sight deeper than the skin; it is a leprosy broken out of the burning: wherefore the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is the plague of leprosy. But if the priest look on it, and, behold, there be no white hair in the bright spot, and it be no lower than the other skin, but be somewhat dark; then the priest shall shut him up seven days: And the priest shall look upon him the seventh day: and if it be spread much abroad in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is the plague of leprosy. And if the bright spot stay in his place, and spread not in the skin, but it be somewhat dark; it is a rising of the burning, and the priest shall pronounce him clean: for it is an inflammation of the burning. If a man or woman have a plague upon the head or the beard; Then the priest shall see the plague: and, behold, if it be in sight deeper than the skin; and there be in it a yellow thin hair; then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a dry scall, even a leprosy upon the head or beard. And if the priest look on the plague of the scall, and, behold, it be not in sight deeper than the skin, and that there is no black hair in it; then the priest shall shut up him that hath the plague of the scall seven days: And in the seventh day the priest shall look on the plague: and, behold, if the scall spread not, and there be in it no yellow hair, and the scall be not in sight deeper than the skin; He shall be shaven, but the scall shall he not shave; and the priest shall shut up him that hath the scall seven days more: And in the seventh day the priest shall look on the scall: and, behold, if the scall be not spread in the skin, nor be in sight deeper than the skin; then the priest shall pronounce him clean: and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean. But if the scall spread much in the skin after his cleansing; Then the priest shall look on him: and, behold, if the scall be spread in the skin, the priest shall not seek for yellow hair; he is unclean. But if the scall be in his sight at a stay, and that there is black hair grown up therein; the scall is healed, he is clean: and the priest shall pronounce him clean. If a man also or a woman have in the skin of their flesh bright spots, even white bright spots; Then the priest shall look: and, behold, if the bright spots in the skin of their flesh be darkish white; it is a freckled spot that groweth in the skin; he is clean. And the man whose hair is fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean. And he that hath his hair fallen off from the part of his head toward his face, he is forehead bald: yet is he clean. And if there be in the bald head, or bald forehead, a white reddish sore; it is a leprosy sprung up in his bald head, or his bald forehead. Then the priest shall look upon it: and, behold, if the rising of the sore be white reddish in his bald head, or in his bald forehead, as the leprosy appeareth in the skin of the flesh; He is a leprous man, he is unclean: the priest shall pronounce him utterly unclean; his plague is in his head. And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean. All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be. The garment also that the plague of leprosy is in, whether it be a woollen garment, or a linen garment; Whether it be in the warp, or woof; of linen, or of woollen; whether in a skin, or in any thing made of skin; And if the plague be greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; it is a plague of leprosy, and shall be shewed unto the priest: And the priest shall look upon the plague, and shut up it that hath the plague seven days: And he shall look on the plague on the seventh day: if the plague be spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in a skin, or in any work that is made of skin; the plague is a fretting leprosy; it is unclean. He shall therefore burn that garment, whether warp or woof, in woollen or in linen, or any thing of skin, wherein the plague is: for it is a fretting leprosy; it shall be burnt in the fire. And if the priest shall look, and, behold, the plague be not spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; Then the priest shall command that they wash the thing wherein the plague is, and he shall shut it up seven days more: And the priest shall look on the plague, after that it is washed: and, behold, if the plague have not changed his colour, and the plague be not spread; it is unclean; thou shalt burn it in the fire; it is fret inward, whether it be bare within or without. And if the priest look, and, behold, the plague be somewhat dark after the washing of it; then he shall rend it out of the garment, or out of the skin, or out of the warp, or out of the woof: And if it appear still in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; it is a spreading plague: thou shalt burn that wherein the plague is with fire. And the garment, either warp, or woof, or whatsoever thing of skin it be, which thou shalt wash, if the plague be departed from them, then it shall be washed the second time, and shall be clean. This is the law of the plague of leprosy in a garment of woollen or linen, either in the warp, or woof, or any thing of skins, to pronounce it clean, or to pronounce it unclean. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest: And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper; Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field. And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean: and after that he shall come into the camp, and shall tarry abroad out of his tent seven days. But it shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shall shave off: and he shall wash his clothes, also he shall wash his flesh in water, and he shall be clean. And on the eighth day he shall take two he lambs without blemish, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish, and three tenth deals of fine flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and one log of oil. And the priest that maketh him clean shall present the man that is to be made clean, and those things, before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: And the priest shall take one he lamb, and offer him for a trespass offering, and the log of oil, and wave them for a wave offering before the LORD: And he shall slay the lamb in the place where he shall kill the sin offering and the burnt offering, in the holy place: for as the sin offering is the priest's, so is the trespass offering: it is most holy: And the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot: And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand: And the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the LORD: And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the trespass offering: And the remnant of the oil that is in the priest's hand he shall pour upon the head of him that is to be cleansed: and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD. And the priest shall offer the sin offering, and make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed from his uncleanness; and afterward he shall kill the burnt offering: And the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the meat offering upon the altar: and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and he shall be clean. And if he be poor, and cannot get so much; then he shall take one lamb for a trespass offering to be waved, to make an atonement for him, and one tenth deal of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering, and a log of oil; And two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, such as he is able to get; and the one shall be a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering. And he shall bring them on the eighth day for his cleansing unto the priest, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, before the LORD. And the priest shall take the lamb of the trespass offering, and the log of oil, and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD: And he shall kill the lamb of the trespass offering, and the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot: And the priest shall pour of the oil into the palm of his own left hand: And the priest shall sprinkle with his right finger some of the oil that is in his left hand seven times before the LORD: And the priest shall put of the oil that is in his hand upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the place of the blood of the trespass offering: And the rest of the oil that is in the priest's hand he shall put upon the head of him that is to be cleansed, to make an atonement for him before the LORD. And he shall offer the one of the turtledoves, or of the young pigeons, such as he can get; Even such as he is able to get, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, with the meat offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed before the LORD. This is the law of him in whom is the plague of leprosy, whose hand is not able to get that which pertaineth to his cleansing. And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession; And he that owneth the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, It seemeth to me there is as it were a plague in the house: Then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go into it to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house: And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, if the plague be in the walls of the house with hollow strakes, greenish or reddish, which in sight are lower than the wall; Then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days: And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house; Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city: And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place: And they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other morter, and shall plaister the house. And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he hath taken away the stones, and after he hath scraped the house, and after it is plaistered; Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house: it is unclean. And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the morter of the house; and he shall carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place. Moreover he that goeth into the house all the while that it is shut up shall be unclean until the even. And he that lieth in the house shall wash his clothes; and he that eateth in the house shall wash his clothes. And if the priest shall come in, and look upon it, and, behold, the plague hath not spread in the house, after the house was plaistered: then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed. And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: And he shall kill the one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water: And he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times: And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet: But he shall let go the living bird out of the city into the open fields, and make an atonement for the house: and it shall be clean. This is the law for all manner of plague of leprosy, and scall, And for the leprosy of a garment, and of a house, And for a rising, and for a scab, and for a bright spot: To teach when it is unclean, and when it is clean: this is the law of leprosy. And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When any man hath a running issue out of his flesh, because of his issue he is unclean. And this shall be his uncleanness in his issue: whether his flesh run with his issue, or his flesh be stopped from his issue, it is his un
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LEVITICAL WORSHIP: SACRIFICES & FEASTS

DR. W. A. CRISWELL

Leviticus 1-27

10-09-74      7:30 p.m.

 

There has been no study that I have ever made of the Word of God that has in it the rich reward of the study in which we our engaged now.  You know, we can think of the Bible as being, this is the divine inspired Scriptures; and we look at it generally as such, and come to church and listen to a text expounded or a small passage.  But when you look at the Bible as we are looking at it, the revelations of what God does as revealed in the Word is overwhelming.  And this study of the divine redemptive purpose, the shedding of blood, the scarlet thread, it is entwined and interwoven in every syllable of the Word of God in some way and in some how.

Last Wednesday night we were talking about the tabernacle.  And we were avowing that everything in and about the tabernacle speaks of our Lord.  He is called "the tabernacle."  The Word was made flesh, and skenoo, skenos, tabernacle, skenoo, to spread a tabernacle, and the Word was made flesh.  God spread His tabernacle and we did see Him full of grace and glory [John 1:14].  Everything about the tabernacle speaks of our Lord:  the gate; the altar; the laver; the door; the lampstand; the showbread; the golden altar of prayer, intercession, incense; the veil; the mercy seat; all of it.  And that’s where we closed last Wednesday night.

Now in the tabernacle you had ministering priests; and following this scarlet thread through the Bible, we’re going to look in amazement at how the priest was consecrated, how he was ordained.  It is written in Exodus chapters 28, 29, and in Leviticus chapters 8 through 10.  The ordination of the priesthood was by sacrificial blood.  Where did the idea of a priest come from anyway?  Outside of the revelation of God, the idea of a priest is rooted in deep human consciousness of sin and in our feeling of a desperate need for somebody to mediate between us and a holy, sovereign, righteous God.  The whole world is somewhat like that.

The need of a counselor is absolutely endless and boundless.  If I had forty lives to live at the same time, every one of them I could invest down here at the church listening to the heart cries of people.  There’s no end to it.  It is boundless and immeasurable.  Well, you find that brought to a wonderful and holy idea in the priesthood; somebody to help us as we come before God.  Now that priest, ordained of the Lord, was consecrated in blood sacrifice.

It went like this and here we’re following the verses of the twenty-ninth chapter of Exodus:  first, there was chosen a young bullock and two rams.  Next, if you are following it in the Bible, that’s in verse 1.  There is chosen a young bullock, a little male calf, and two rams, two male sheep.  Then in verse [11] is the slaying of the bullock, after the hands of Aaron and his sons were placed on the head of the bullock in confession of sin.  And that bullock is a sin offering.  The blood is poured out at the base of the altar, and the body is burned without the camp.  Then in verses 15 to 18, one of the rams is slain.  That’s a burnt offering on the altar, a holy consecrated offering on the altar.  Then, verse 19, the other ram is one of complete dedication.  Then the blood of the sacrificial animal is placed on the right ear of the priest who is consecrated; and the blood is placed on the right thumb; and the blood is placed on the right toe [Exodus 29:20].

The meaning is very apparent: the priest is to be a man of God listening to the Word of the Lord.  The blood is on his ear.  He is to hear what God has to say to the people.   The blood is on his thumb.  It’s on his hand.  His work is to be consecrated to God.  He is to be God’s workman.  And the blood is to be on his toe.  The blood is on his foot.  He is to walk in the way of the Lord.  So following this divine thread, scarlet, crimson, bloodstained through the Bible: in the consecration of the priests, he is consecrated by blood.  And the ministry of the priests was always in blood atonement, and we’re going to discuss that later.

In Exodus 29, this chapter we’re looking at, verses 38, 39.  Every morning there is a lamb offered before God, and every evening there is a lamb offered before God.  This was in expiation of the sins of the nation, of the people.  It was the daily sacrifice.

And when the daily sacrifice ended in 70 AD, it was one of the epochal moments in divine history.  Every day, in the morning, in the evening, the sacrifice of the lamb; you cannot imagine how vivid was the imaginative typology, the figurative truth in a little simple word that John the Baptist spoke:  "Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world" [John 1:29].  Now to us that is somewhat, you know, homiletical, ministerial; but oh, to a Jew for the generations, and the generations, and the generations on that high altar, every morning, every evening, there was offered a lamb before God in atonement for the sins of the nation.  Then of course, the ministering priests were there on the Day of Atonement; the great holy fast, Yom Kippur [Leviticus 16].  And we’ll discuss that later.

You know, it’s a strange thing how the Jewish people are.  If he is a Jew, he will observe Yom Kippur.  He won’t pay attention to anything else, won’t go to the synagogue, won’t observe any of the other feasts or celebration or days or anything else; but if he is a Jew at all, he will observe the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.  Now we’re going to look at the Book of Leviticus: the Book of Leviticus does not advance the history of the Israelites at all, there is nothing in it that continues the story.  It is a book absolutely that and that alone.  The Book of Leviticus is a book of the unfolding plan of redemption.

And let me tell you something.  I read in studying English literature, that if anybody did not like Spencer’s "Fairy Queen," he had in no wise the soul of a poet, just didn’t have it in him.  He is a clod, or he’s a dupe, or he’s stupid idiot, or he’s something like that, you know.  But if anybody had in any way the response of a poet, he would love to read Spencer’s "Fairy Queen."

Now that’s the same thing to me about a student of the Word of God.  If you don’t love what the Book of Leviticus is presenting to us, you just don’t like the things of the Lord.  What you like is hamburgers, and onions, and cheap picture shows.  But you don’t love God.  But if you are a true child of the Lord, the Book of Leviticus will be absolutely one of the richest studies you could ever make in your life.  Now we’re going to take time just to look at that for a moment.  And the reason is in our studying of the scarlet thread through the Bible, the line of redemption, the Book of Leviticus is just that and that alone.  That’s what it is.

It starts off with the five offerings and we’re going to look at them.  The burnt offering is in chapter 1.  The meal offering, the vegetable offering is in chapter 2.  The peace offering or the thanksgiving offering is in chapter 3.  The sin offering is in chapters 4, to 5:13.  And the trespass offering is in chapters 5:14 to 6:7.  Now I have taken time – didn’t intend to do it – but I have taken time to present Christ in those five offerings.  The first three offerings were voluntary.  The burnt offering, the meal offering, the thanksgiving offering, these three were voluntary.  Therefore they are called "sweet savor offerings."

You didn’t have to do it.  If you do this it’s just out of something that you do for the love of God.  So it’s called a "sweet savor."  God looks upon it and He is just delighted that you did it; didn’t have to do it, no coercion in it at all, you just did that out of the overflowing of your heart.  But the last two, the fourth and the fifth offerings are mandated.  They are commanded, the two sin offerings.

Now the whole burnt offering; Leviticus 1, verses 1 to 17, they were of three kinds.  The well-to-do – we’d say the rich – they offered burnt offerings of the herd; that’s in verse 3.  The moderate, the people who were just middle class, they could offer of the flock [verse 10]; and the poor could offer of the fowls [verse 14], they could offer a pigeon or a turtledove or something like that.

Now, the offerer came to the north side to the right side of the great altar, the brazen altar; and there he laid his hands upon the head of the offering.  He identified himself with the sacrificial victim.  Then the animal was slain, and the blood was sprinkled upon the altar, and the body was separated into its un-jointed pieces.  It was taken by pieces and completely consumed by fire.  This was the whole burnt offering.  Now the meaning of that; it typifies the complete surrender of Christ to God on the altar of the cross; the whole of Himself being consumed.  We are identified with Him.  The laying on of hands identified the offerer with the victim.  We are identified with Him.  He is our substitute.

I’m just going to cite the Scriptures because if I try to read them it will take all night long, night after night.  Ephesians 5: 2; Hebrews 9:12-14, every day, morning and evening, there was a lamb offered for all of the people, a whole burnt offering, Exodus 29:38-46.  And that whole burnt offering represents the substitutionary death of our Christ for us.  Now it also typifies the whole consecration of the offerer to God.  In our case, a living sacrifice, Romans 12:1, that you offer yourself a living sacrifice, holy, completely unto God.  Now that was the first offering, the burnt offering, the whole burnt offering.

The second offering was a vegetable offering, a meal offering [Leviticus 2:1-16].  It was of ground flour, flour that was ground very fine, Leviticus 2:1.  It was of baked loaves, Leviticus 2:9-13.  And it could be green ears of wheat, wheat that you took out of the field, Leviticus 2:14.  It was never offered by itself but always in conjunction with a burnt sacrifice.

Now I want to take you back to something that we talked about in detail in the beginning of Genesis.  Remember I told you there was nothing wrong with Cain bringing before God a meal, a vegetable offering; none at all.  If he brought of the wheat, or of the barley, or of the fruit of the ground, a vegetable that he’d grown, there was nothing wrong with it at all, nothing.   What was the matter with Cain was his heart was not right [Genesis 4].  You remember I said, at the east side of Eden God taught Adam and Eve how to come before Him. And in the teaching of God, the Lord taught that we come before the Lord with blood, always in blood, always with blood, always in expiation, in confession of our guilt and sins, in blood.  God taught Adam and Eve that at the garden of Eden [Genesis 3:21].  Now what Cain did was he came before God in some other way.  He had a self-chosen way.  He had a humanistic way.  He had his own chosen way but not God’s way, for God said by blood, "Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins" [Hebrews 9:22].  And we don’t stand in the presence of God without our sins paid for, expiated, forgiven.  There has to be propitiation.  There has to be a rendering favorable before we can stand in the presence of the High God.  Well, Cain didn’t do that and remember as I discussed that, I said Cain was very willing to shed his brother’s blood [Genesis 4:8], but he was not willing to come before God with the blood of the lamb [Genesis 4:3].  Just as we find in the criminal tendencies of a fallen, depraved human heart, there will be a man who will think nothing at all of going into a 7-Eleven store and shoot down an innocent customer.  But if you were to plead with that man to come before God in the blood of Christ, he would look upon it as being a ridiculous invitation.  That’s exactly what happened to Cain.

Now do you see here in this meal offering, never could the offering be made by itself, as Cain sought to do; but the meal offering always was offered in conjunction with a slain sacrifice, a whole burnt offering.  Now the meaning of the meal offering is Christ crushed, and broken, and baked in a fiery trial.  In John 12:24 He is the "corn of wheat that falls into the ground and dies."  The meal offering is the bread that came down from heaven; crushed, browned, baked by fire and we are nourished by it.

You know, we’re not very ritualistic here in the Baptist faith and communion, and in our church.  But I tell you, I wish I knew how to emphasize our Lord’s Supper.  We’re going to come into that every once in a while as time goes on and especially in these discussions.  I did my best to do that with this service at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon, but our people just do not respond.  And I can’t get them to, and I don’t know what to do.  But the typology, the symbolism that we find in what God has given us to do is meaningful, and blessed, and rich for our souls indeed.  Now, of course, the men say to me, "Now, pastor, you are mistaken in that.  We can have the Lord’s Supper with the same degree of devotion and reverence after the service as we could by having it at a separate time."  Well, here again is one of those things in my heart that I can’t turn.  And I try to turn it, but I don’t succeed with it.

To me, for us to have the service, the Lord’s Supper where we eat bread together, this is His body.  And we drink of the fruit of the vine together.  This is His blood.  And we give the service to that, and we examine ourselves, and look at ourselves, and we consecrate ourselves [1 Corinthians 11:24-28].  It is just something God intended for us to do.  "Well, why don’t you take the preaching hour and do that?"  Well, here’s one of the reasons.  The Lord’s Supper is for God’s children.  It’s for His saints.  It’s for us in the church.  And when we have an open public meeting, we have the church people here, but also we have a great many other people here and they don’t belong to your church, and many of them don’t even count themselves among the redeemed.  And here we are at a service announced for the whole world, on television announce it, on radio announce it, just every way we can get everybody here that we can.  Then when we come together, why, it isn’t for them at all.  This is something for God’s children.  It’s for God’s sweet people.  It’s for His redeemed.  We’re going to eat bread.  This is our Lord’s body.  We’re going to drink of the crushed fruit of the vine.  This is His blood.  But we don’t succeed in those things; not very well, and I don’t know how to do it.

It’s just like a service of praying for the lost, praying for the sick, having a healing service.  You know, for the years and the years of my life I’d love to have a service like that; but I don’t know how to do it.  I certainly don’t want to give anybody the impression that I have power of healing in my hands like these fakes, and charlatans, and quacks say.  That’s what they say.  Well, I’d just simply die before I gave anybody that impression.  I don’t have any more access to God than you do.  The veil is open.  There’s no longer any special priestly access to heaven.  We’re all fellow priests now.  We all have access to God, and we all can pray.  But I tell you I wish I knew how we could bring even our sick here and pray over them.  I wish I knew how to do that beautifully.  Well, there’s just so much that I don’t know how to do.  But that’s one thing that I surely wish I knew how to do, is to magnify, magnify the wonderful meaning that God gave to us in breaking bread and in drinking of the cup.  The meal offering is Christ.

Now the third offering, a sweet savor offering, something just out of our hearts, is the peace offering; now you would call that a thanksgiving offering [Leviticus 3:1-17].

Whenever you read that word "peace offering" in the Bible, if you would use the word "thanksgiving" you’d have it exactly.  It’s a thanksgiving offering.  In Leviticus 7:11-21, a thanksgiving offering, it was eaten on the same day with the priests and the family and the friends.  Or, it was offered in the fulfillment of a vow.  Now this is what they did.  When you think of the whole burnt offering, you think, "Well, this is just the way most of them were."  Actually, that’s not so at all.  The whole burnt offering was practically confined to the morning and the evening.  Nobody did the other to speak of. 

The offering that was usually brought before the Lord was a thanksgiving offering.  And in that offering, you brought your family and you brought your friends and the officiating ministering priest that you would choose would be there.  And you would love just eating the meal together in thanksgiving to God. 

I had a dear family quit our church because they found out that we ate down here in the church.  I don’t know why they didn’t find that out before, but anyway, they got into the church without realizing it.  And so they left, and they were very adamant.  They were adamantine in their denunciation of our eating in the church.  I don’t know of anything that they did in God’s worship from beginning to ending like eating.  They just ate all the time.  They just ate all the time.  The first Christian church ate all the time.  They ate every day together from house to house [Acts 2:42-47].  They just ate all the time.  They had what they called agape, love feasts; gastronomical love-ins, that’s the first church.

This is exactly the way that they worshiped God in those Old Testament times.  They came before the Lord.  This man was praising God, "Glory, glory God’s been good to me."  So he got him a calf, or he got him a lamb, or he got him a sheep, got him a ram, or he got some animal, and he gathered together all the things.  And he went to the house of the Lord and there they sacrificed the animal.  And it was cooked by the priest and they all ate it together.  That was the thanksgiving offering; just happy in the Lord.  Now Christ is our thanksgiving offering, our peace offering; Romans 5:1, Colossians 1:20.  And we feast upon Him; John 6:53 and following, and Matthew 26 the Lord’s Supper, and 1 Corinthians 11 the Lord’s Supper; feasting upon our Lord in thanksgiving.

Now the other two offerings are mandatory.  The sin offering, Leviticus 4:1-35, when a man sins against God he brought a sin offering.  The victim was slain.  The blood was sprinkled over the horns of the golden altar of incense before the veil.  And the remainder of the blood was poured out at the base of the altar in the courtyard, and the rest of the body was burned without the camp.  Christ is our sin offering.  Second Corinthians 5:21 and 1 Peter 2:24, He made expiation for our sins.  He paid the debt for our sins.  And His body was consumed outside the camp, outside the city [Hebrews 13:12].

Now the last, the fifth is the trespass offering; Leviticus 5:1 to 6:7.  When a man sins against a man or holy things, he offers a trespass offering.  If a man sinned against God he offered a sin offering.  If a man sinned against his fellow man or against holy things he offered a trespass offering.  And he offered it according to his ability:  a female lamb, or two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, or the tenth part of an ephah a bushel of flour.  If against another man, he made amends and he added one-fifth of the value.  That’s in Leviticus [6:1-5] – can’t read my writing.  If it was against holy things he made amends and added one-fifth of the value.  That’s Leviticus [5:16].  Now the meaning is that Christ is our trespass offering; Colossians 2:13-14 and 2 Corinthians 5:19.  And we are to make restitution when we sin against a neighbor. 

Do you believe in that, in making restitution?  If you have wronged somebody, or taken something from somebody, to make restitution; I think it is one of the great and continuing admonitions of the Bible, that we ought to make restitution.  Once in a while there will be a man here in the church who has stolen from somebody else.  He has embezzled from a bank or he has taken something from somebody else.  What God says is when you get right with the Lord; the first thing you are to do is to restore that that you have taken from somebody else.  "Well preacher, what in the world would I do?  He doesn’t even know that I stole it, and here I am going to him and confessing that ‘I stole this from you, even though you didn’t know it.’  Well what do you think about that?"  Well, I think you would grow five other cubits tall in the presence of the man to whom you made that confession, and to whom you made that restoration.  I think it’d work that way.  I believe it would.

I haven’t time to go into so many things.  Judge Williams, in the court of law where you have all of those people coming before you and so many things, so many things; I don’t think that there is in the heart of man anything but one of inward love and appreciation for the man who says, "I’ve gotten right with God, and I’ll restore this.  I want to give it back to you.  I want to pay you back."

Once in a while, in cases of embezzlement, they’ll take a young fellow before the court and of course the law has to deal with him.  But the law is always considerate of that spirit of repentance and the asking, the humbling, the asking of forgiveness before those who are wronged.

All I’m doing, sweet people, is just pointing out to you that in the Word of God, all the way through it, there is that doctrine of restitution.  If there is anything that we have taken, or anybody that we have wronged, we ought to try to make it right.  And we ought to restore anything that we have taken.  And of course, here in that offering of trespass, why, there was always added to it one fifth.  If I stole a hundred dollars from a man, and if I returned it to him, I was to do it with twenty dollars more.  I was to return to him a hundred and twenty dollars.

Well, these are the five offerings of the Lord.  Now there were feasts, sacred seasons before the God.  In Leviticus 23:2 they are called "the set feasts of the Lord."  First, there is the Sabbath; Leviticus 23:3.  Second, there is the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread; Leviticus 23:4-8.  Third, there is the sheaf of firstfruits; Leviticus 23:9-14.  Fourth, there is Pentecost; Leviticus [23:15-22].  There is the Feast of Trumpets; Leviticus 23:23-25.  There is the Day of Atonement; Leviticus [23:27].  There is the Feast of Tabernacles; Leviticus [23:33-43].

There is the Sabbatical Year, every seventh year; Leviticus [25:4].  There is the Year of Jubilee, seven sevens, forty-nine years, then the fiftieth year, the Year of Jubilee, just as you had the fiftieth day, Pentecost.  There is the fiftieth year, the Year of Jubilee; Leviticus [25:10].

Then there were two feasts added in the history of the nation.  There was Purim, Purim, plural, "lots," when through Mordecai there was deliverance of the Jewish people from Haman [Esther 9:20-32].  Then last there was the Feast of Lights, the Feast of Dedication, when in 164 BC. Judas Maccabeus rededicated the temple, cleansed the temple after it had been polluted by Antiochus Epiphanes [John 10:22].

Now, we’re going to take time.  Here again is a study that I had not planned to do, but it just means so much to me to look at these things.  We’re going to look for just a moment now at the feasts of the Lord.

First, the Feast of Passover; in Colossians 2:16 and 17, the apostle wrote by divine inspiration that "These things are shadows of things to come, of which Christ is the body and the substance."  All of this that was done back there was a portrayal of what God was going to do in the coming of our Lord.

So you have the Feast of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost.  Then you have an interval of four months.  Then you have three of them, introduced by Trumpets, then Atonement, and Tabernacles.  All of that has a wonderful and divine meaning.  That long interval in there between – as we’re going to see in a minute – is a type of this day of grace between Pentecost, the outpouring of the Spirit, and the blowing of the trumpets, the resurrection from the dead.  Isn’t that an amazing thing how God does this?

All right, let’s look at them particularly now.  Then we’ll look at that interval.  First, Passover [Leviticus 23:5].  In Exodus 12:2 it is a memorial of deliverance.  It was a redemption from slavery.  It was the beginning of months.  God said that is it is the birthday of the nation.

A male lamb without blemish of the first year was slain on the fourteenth day of Nisan at evening that is before sunset.  The blood was sprinkled on the lentil and on the doorposts on either side in the form of a cross.  The flesh was roasted.  It was eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs, loins gird, shoes on our feet and staff in hand [Exodus 12:3-9].

The meaning of course is as John the Baptist introduced our Lord, "Behold the Lamb of God" [John 1:36].  In 1 Corinthians 5:7, Jesus is called "our Passover."  It is the beginning of months and it is our spiritual birthday.  Every once in a while I’ll hear a man say, "You know, I was born the first time the nineteenth day of December in 1909; and I was born the second time the twenty-first day of May in 1919."

Isn’t that a wonderful thing to be able to say, "I was born the first time, I was born the second time?"  The beginning of months: that is when we accepted Christ as our Savior and atonement for our sins.  That is our spiritual birthday.  And the Lord’s Supper was instituted that Passover night [Matthew 26:17-19].

Now the second sacred season is the Feast of Unleavened Bread; Leviticus 23:6.  It began one day after the Passover lamb was slain and continued for seven days.  The lamb was slain on the fourteenth of Nisan before sunset.  And the Feast of Unleavened Bread began the next day, the fifteenth of Nisan, after sunset.  There was no interval between.  Immediately, the second that the Passover was slain and eaten, the next day, immediately, the Feast of Unleavened Bread began.

The meaning is this.  The Passover is the death of Christ, the slaying of the lamb.  The Feast of Unleavened Bread refers to the holy walk of the Christian.  He is to find food and strength in the Lord, not in the picture show, not in novels, not in the world, not in amusement, but in the Lord.  The minute that he accepts Christ as his Savior and Christ in atonement for his sins, that minute he is to begin the holy walk of the Christian, feeding upon Christ, finding our joy, and gladness, and strength in-between.  There is no interval between them.  They are just like that.  The two go together.  When a man accepts Christ, that minute he is to start walking in the strength and the love of the Lord.  That’s exactly what that typifies, the very minute that Passover was done, that very second, the Feast of the seven days of Unleavened Bread began.  And the very minute we accept Christ as our Savior, that minute we are to start walking with Jesus and feeding upon Him.

Now, the third one – Passover, Unleavened Bread – now the third one is the Feast of Firstfruits [Leviticus 23:9-14].  The fourteenth of Nisan, the Passover lamb was slain before sunset.  The fifteenth of Nisan, the Feast of Unleavened Bread began on a Sabbath.  Now, the sixteenth of Nisan, the next day, Leviticus 23:11, on the morrow after the Sabbath, the first day of the week, on Sunday, was the Feast of Firstfruits.

A sheaf was reaped from the waving fields of the ripening grain of barley and carried to the priest and waved before the Lord.  It was the pledge of all the harvest that was yet to come.  That is the most dynamic of all the symbolism that I know in the Old Testament; the waving of the sheaf of the firstfruits before the Lord on the morrow after the Sabbath, on the first day of the week.

It is a magnificent and glorious type of the resurrection of our Lord.  On the morrow after the Sabbath, He was raised from the dead, the firstfruits of them that slept.  He arose on the morning after the Sabbath, the firstfruits unto God.  And after Him, He is the pledge of all of those after Him who will be raised in the great consummation of the age.

Isn’t that an amazing thing, how God placed that back there in the Bible, in the Old Covenant, in Leviticus?  Didn’t I tell you?  If you are a born again Christian, you will love a study of Leviticus.  Why did God do that except just that He might prepare us for the glorious, marvelous substance of which this is the shadow, the marvelous truth in Christ of which this is the adumbration.

On the morrow after the Sabbath, the sheaf of firstfruits waved before God, the pledge of the harvest that was yet to come.  On the morrow after the Sabbath Christ is called the firstfruits.  He was the first one raised from the dead.  He was the firstfruits and is the pledge of all of the harvest of God’s resurrected saints that shall come in their day and in their time.

When the priests, on the day of Christ’s resurrection, waved the sheaf of the firstfruits in the temple it was before a rent veil.  The tomb of Joseph was empty.  The reality and the substance of which God placed in shadow there in Leviticus had come.  And the sheaf was waved before a rent veil.

Now, the fourth feast is Pentecost, Pentekostos [Leviticus 23:15-22], the Greek word for "fiftieth, fiftieth."  Fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits was Pentecost; seven weeks, then Pentecost.  That is, the Feast of Firstfruits was on a Sabbath, so seven Sabbath’s, forty-nine, then the fiftieth day was Sunday.  The glorious outpouring of the Spirit of God upon the church was on Sunday.  Pentecost was on Sunday, the Lord’s Day.

Now the space between, the time of the Feast of the Firstfruits and Pentecost is called the Feast of Weeks, seven Sabbath’s.  It began with that first waving sheaf of barley brought before the Lord, and ended with the ingathering of the wheat harvest.  And on Pentecost there were two loaves baked with the new grain, and waved before the Lord.  Those two loaves were brought and waved before the Lord.

Now here is something that is amazing.  Those two loaves that on Pentecost were waved before the Lord were made with leaven, Leviticus 23:17.  This is an exception that is noticeable, noticeable, noticeable!  Without exception in the Bible, without exception in the Bible, leaven is a type of evil, always, always, always, always, leaven is a type of evil.  Well, how is then, that these two baked loaves offered before God, waved before the Lord, on the day of Pentecost, are to be baked with leaven?  Isn’t that a remarkable thing?

All right, the meaning is plain.  In the church, this new thing that God created, there are two groups.  There are two loaves.  It’s made up of Jews and it’s made up of Gentiles.  And when you look at the church, it isn’t free from sin.  All kinds of weaknesses are in it, and in every one of us, weaknesses alike.

I think that is the meaning of the parable of the leaven [Matthew 13:33].  All through Christendom you find that working of evil in the church.  And all through Christendom you find that truth of the parable of the mustard seed [Mark 4:30-32].  It grew to be a great tree, and in its branches every dirty bird roosted and messed it up; as the Book of the Revelation calls it, "Every foul and unclean bird."

I don’t deny that some of the bloodiest pages of human history you find in the story of the church.  It has been said, and I have read it many times, that the church has been responsible for the slaughter, the martyrdom of fifty million people.  You know how many fifty million people is?  Can you imagine that many people being slaughtered in the name of the church?

And there’s not a schoolboy, there’s not a schoolboy but that could stand here and tell you that the type of life that was lived by the hierarchy of the coercive church for hundreds and hundreds of years was one of indescribable lust and vanity, self-aggrandizement, simony.  There’s not anything out in the world that you won’t find in reading in the history of the church.  Well, what about it today?

You’re a whole lot better off unless you’re a good Christian if you don’t know the inside workings of the denomination.  You’re just a lot better off.  There is as much politicking, and there is as much chicanery, and there is as much envy and jealousy, and there is as much maneuvering for place and advancement in the churches, in the denomination as you’ll find in the banking world, or the political world, or the economic world, or the educational world, or any other world.  Some of the most gifted men I’ve ever known in the pulpit, some of whom have preached here in this pulpit, and men I admire and love with all my heart, there are in those men some of the most glaring weaknesses that I have ever seen in my life.  Great, mighty man, and his feet are made out of clay.

I could stand here and just tell you world without end story after story, illustration after illustration of that.  That’s why, my sweet people, if you ever get to looking at a man, you sure lay yourself open.  You better keep your eye on Jesus.  You better do it.

However he, this man, may be that doesn’t matter; Jesus is all right.  And however the church may be that doesn’t matter either; Jesus is all right.  And however the denomination may be that doesn’t matter; Jesus is all right.  That was the first great lesson I had to learn as a young preacher.

Why, when I was a young fellow, I thought all of these men in these pulpits were actual gods.  And when I went to the seminary and sat unto those professors, "I thought that was sublime"; and as the days passed and as the years went on, I never saw one spot in my life so filled with intrigue and jealousy as among the professors of the seminary that I attended.

This man would advertise where he’d been invited to preach and where he went.  And these other poor seminary professors, they didn’t get the invitations that this one got; and there was all of that feeling and especially among their wives, good night how they carried it on.  If one of those professors in the seminary was invited to come down here to preach in the pulpit of George W. Truett, the rest of the professors never heard the end of it.

"My husband was invited to preach for the world renowned George W. Truett.  Has your husband been invited down there yet?  See there, he’s a pipsqueak.  He’s a pigmy.  My husband is a giant."  Well, all of this is idiocy and foolishness on my part.  I’m just pointing out to you that God surely does know what He is doing.

And when the Lord said, "When you take those two loaves on Pentecost," that’s the great outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord on the church [Acts 2], that’s the birthday some people say of the church, "When you take those loaves, you put leaven in them, you put leaven in them."  And the kingdom of heaven, Christendom, is like a woman who is kneading bread and the whole thing is leaven.  It’s like a big tree growing out of just a little bitty seed, and every foul and unclean bird roosts in it.

And that’s exactly what God says about Christendom.  It has all kinds of people in it, and all kinds of things in it, and all kinds of weaknesses in it.  The marvel is that it continues to exist and endure with all the things that God has to put up with.  I heard a fellow say he knew the Bible was inspired, "for anything that could stand that much bad preaching had to be of the Lord."  Oh, dear!

Well, we’ll pick it up from there.  I hate to close but it is passed time.  And Jimmy, before I turn it over to you, let’s bow our heads.  While our heads are bowed, maybe while Bill plays just a strain on an organ; is there somebody here tonight, who would take his eyes off of the world and turn your eyes on Jesus?  Somebody, who would come out of the world and put his life in the hands of God, somebody, who, even though we’re not perfect in this church, yet we are an assembly of God’s saints, and you’d like to belong to the redeemed of Christ?  If there is somebody here tonight thus to open his heart to Jesus or to put his life with us in the church, would you hold up your hand?