The Priest’s Portion

“This is the law of the guilt offering. It is most holy. In the place where they kill the burnt offering they shall kill the guilt offering, and its blood shall be thrown against the sides of the altar. And all its fat shall be offered, the fat tail, the fat that covers the entrails, the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the long lobe of the liver that he shall remove with the kidneys. The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering to the Lord; it is a guilt offering. Every male among the priests may eat of it. It shall be eaten in a holy place. It is most holy. The guilt offering is just like the sin offering; there is one law for them. The priest who makes atonement with it shall have it. And the priest who offers any man’s burnt offering shall have for himself the skin of the burnt offering that he has offered. And every grain offering baked in the oven and all that is prepared on a pan or a griddle shall belong to the priest who offers it. And every grain offering, mixed with oil or dry, shall be shared equally among all the sons of Aaron.” Leviticus 7:1-10

A portion of the sacrifice was to be given to the priests. It was the way the priests were compensated for dedicating themselves to the ministry. This would last until the last sacrifice, Jesus. The scriptures would tell us later how Jesus would enter into heaven, offering His own blood and become our great high priest.

I don’t know how long it took the ramifications of Jesus’ sacrifice to kick in, but at some point the believers must have been preaching that these sacrifices were no longer needed. This would have an impact on a ministry model that had it’s priesthood kicked off the payroll. It is no wonder it was so fiercely resisted.

Throughout the old testament, however, there were clues that this system was temporary.

And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22

And…

In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:6-8

The law was an imperfect covenant put in place to create a longing to know God. It was a burden placed because of sin. It would only be removed when a perfect solution arrived in due time.

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