And the Lord called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,
2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces.
I love the beginning of Leviticus, Chapter 1. It says the Lord spoke to Moses and “out of the tabernacle of the congregation”. Isn’t it wonderful to consider that the Lord was a presence right there in the tabernacle and that he could summon Moses and speak to him at will?
The subject on the Lord’s mind at this time was the offerings from the men of Israel. The Lord instructs Moses on the qualities required for a burnt sacrifice of the herd–a male without blemish: offered voluntarily at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord. The Lord also tells him that he who brings the offering shall “put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.”
The one offering the sacrifice must then kill the animal, whereupon the priests would sprinkle the blood around the altar.
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