Leviticus 7-9

Greetings!  This reading is Leviticus 7-9.

Fellowship offerings included thanksgiving offerings.  I heard a good rule of thumb this week about prayer: We should spend as much time thanking God for all his blessings as we do asking for him for things.

Note that in 7:28 the one making a thank-offering should do so “With his own hands.” 

All these rituals had meaning from God.  Yet it is easy to get caught up in rituals and forget the original purpose.  It is a challenge to keep worship fresh yet stay focused Biblically. 

Verse 8:8 mentions the “Urim and Thummim.”  Not much is known about them, but they were probably some type of stones or objects God used to guide some decisions.  Whatever they were, we are not to use methods like this to discern God’s will today.  (Believe it or not, I use the name of Uma Thurman to remember these words, even though she has nothing to do with this.)

When Aaron (Moses’ brother) and his sons were ordained in chapter 8, blood from the sacrifice was applied to their right ear, thumb and big toe.  I assume this was symbolic for covering them in the blood of the sacrifice from head to toe.  

Notice the miracle in 9:24, after they had followed God’s instructions:

Leviticus 9:24 Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.

Reflect on what stood out to you in this reading and share your comments and questions if you like.

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