Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.
7 Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy.
2 In the place where they kill the burnt offering shall they kill the trespass offering: and the blood thereof shall he sprinkle round about upon the altar.
3 And he shall offer of it all the fat thereof; the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards,
4 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul that is above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away:
5 And the priest shall burn them upon the altar for an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a trespass offering.
6 Every male among the priests shall eat thereof: it shall be eaten in the holy place: it is most holy.
7 As the sin offering is, so is the trespass offering: there is one law for them: the priest that maketh atonement therewith shall have it.
8 And the priest that offereth any man’s burnt offering, even the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt offering which he hath offered.
9 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.
10 And every meat offering, mingled with oil, and dry, shall all the sons of Aaron have, one as much as another.
Today’s reading includes a description of how the “trespass offering” is to be handled. We learn that the priests will eat the trespass offering after burning the fat upon the fire as a sacrifice and taking away the kidneys and the caul. We also learn that the priest who offers the burnt offering will himself have the skin.
The idea of the priest having “the skin” is a little confusing to me. Does that mean the priest will have the skin for use as leather? That is my best guess. If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know.
In like manner, we learn here that the priest who offers a meat offering also has a special interest. That offering belongs entirely to him if baked in an oven or dressed in the frying pan. However, all the priests will share any meat offering “mingled with oil, and dry.” Once again, I’m not sure what kind of meat offering belongs entirely to the priest who offers it and what kind belongs to all the priests. If I had to make an assumption here, I would think that the priest would have any meat offering of something already prepared while a meat offering that arrived as fine meal and oil would be shared by all to be prepared as bread or cakes when needed; but as I am basically at sea here, I would ask that if someone knows otherwise they would please let me know.
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