February 20

Note: For the next few days the schedule here differs from “The Daily Bible”.  Explanation.

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 1, 2, 3, 4

Highlights: Leviticus means “law of the Priests”. In chapters 1-4 specific instructions are given for burnt offerings, grain offerings, peace offerings, and  offerings for unintentional sins.

As we read this we are reminded of how common animal sacrifices were in the daily life of the children of Israel as they try to remain in God’s favor.  We are seeing more and more sacrifices and more blood. The death of each animal reminded them (and us) of the seriousness of sin.

What does this reading teach you about the day to day life of the priests? Did they mainly spend their time reading, praying, and meditating on God’s word?


Filed under Old Testament

4 Responses to February 20

  1. They certainly committed their time in coordinating and completing the process correctly… After all, the acts were specifically required to be perfect and the punishment was ultimate,and they prayed 🙂

  2. Norma

    It must have been awfully bloody, and time-consuming, work. But the duties of the priesthood were rotated, I believe, so I’m guessing that not ALL of the priests were doing this ALL of the time? I know I am so very thankful that we do not live under this law.

  3. Jimmy

    The priests were like butchers. Killing the animals and cutting them up – they had to know all the parts – liver, fat, kidneys, fatty lobe, the flanks.

    In a few days we will see they were like doctors, examining someone with a strange looking spot, declaring them clean or unclean.

  4. Mary K

    It seems to me the priests were busy all day long with offerings and sacrifices for millions of people, not to mention keeping everyone’s animals straight and separating what could be eaten and by whom. I can’t imagine those from any other tribes working harder than the Levites and the Levites couldn’t hire servants to help them out.

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