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Last night I was reading in the Book of Numbers about the requirements for offering sacrifices presented as special gift. The rules were very specific, for example: two one year old male lambs with no defects, with each lamb offer a two quart grain offering of choice flower mixed with one quart of pure oil of pressed olives, and then present a liquid offering of one quart of alcoholic drink. And there were several other examples, mostly similar.<br><br>
But what happened to the sacrifices after they were "offered"? Did someone (the priests maybe) enjoy the food and drink or was it just wasted and thrown away after the sacrifice was over. I don't recollect ever reading what happens to the sacrifices after they are offered.<br><br>
One of the women in my office is going to Church tonight and will try to remember to ask her pastor (they think I'm a bit wierd anyway, even if we all are Southern Baptists. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">).<br><br>
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They were usually burned, if I remember correctly, but it's been a while since I've been in Numbers. OT law and all...I tend towards the NT more often than not...
 

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I don't think they'd be eaten....<br><br>
I'd feel pretty worried if I was eating food that had been offered to God. But maybe that's just me <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I don't remember anything other than the offerings being burned either but it just seems like such a waste of the "no defect" animal, grain and alcohol being sacrificed if it's not really used for anything other than a sacrifice. And I tend to stay more in the New Testament also but like to keep up with the Old Testament from time to time.
 

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Where does it say that? I'm just curious.<br><br>
I found this as a footnote in Leviticus 1:3, where it first mentions the sacrifices: here is the quote: 3 If his offering be a holocaust, and of the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish, at the door of the testimony, to make the Lord favourable to him.<br><br>
and this was the footnote:<br><i>A holocaust... That is, a whole burnt offering (olokauston), so called, because the whole victim was consumed with fire; and given in such manner to God as wholly to evaporate, as it were, for his honour and glory; without having any part of it reserved for the use of man.</i><br><br>
To me that does not sound like it was eaten?????
 

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i too thought they were burned. i think the offerings to the clergy were different than sacrifices.<br><br>
what is the differecne between a sacrifice and a burnt offering?<br><br>
is your group doing a study of the book of Numbers?
 

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Wait, wait.....this might be something: Leviticus 10:12-20<br><br>
12 And Moses spoke to Aaron, and to Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons that were left: Take the sacrifice that is remaining of the oblation of the Lord, and eat it without leaven beside the altar, because it is holy of holies. 13 And you shall eat it in a holy place: which is given to thee and thy sons of the oblations of the Lord, as it hath been commanded me. 14 The breast also that is offered, and the shoulder that is separated, you shall eat in a most clean place, thou and thy sons, and thy daughters with thee. For they are set aside for thee and thy children, of the victims of peace offerings of the children of Israel. 15 Because they have elevated before the Lord the shoulder and the breast, and the fat that is burnt on the altar: and they belong to thee and to thy sons by a perpetual law, as the Lord hath commanded. 16 While these things were a doing, when Moses sought for the buck goat, that had been offered for sin, he found it burnt. And being angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron that were left, he said: 17 Why did you not eat in the holy place the sacrifice for sin, which is most holy, and given to you, that you may bear the iniquity of the people, and may pray for them in the sight of the Lord. 18 Especially, whereas none of the blood thereof hath been carried within the holy places: and you ought to have eaten it in the sanctuary, as was commanded me? 19 Aaron answered: This day hath been offered the victim for sin, and the holocaust before the Lord: and to me what thou seest has happened. How could I eat it, or please the Lord in the ceremonies, having a sorrowful heart? 20 Which when Moses had heard he was satisfied.<br><br>
I'm still confused. What do you make of that??
 

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A rather young friend of ours (2 years old at the time) announced in a very loud voice during a quiet point in the service: "A reading from the book of Numbers: One, Two, Three, Four, Five."<br><br>
I have no opinion, I just wanted to say that. Carry on.<br><br>
Actually I do have an opinion and facts and arguments, but meh.
 

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If you are really brave, you can post your question here: <a href="http://faithcommunitynetwork.com/The_Bible/forumid_56/tt.htm" target="_blank">http://faithcommunitynetwork.com/The...umid_56/tt.htm</a> . The rest of the forums are pretty nice--I post in some of 'em. But theology debates can get rather, uh, heated...
 

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You are good with God. You sacrificed a banana sling for me!
 

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They sometimes burned, sometimes ate the sacrifice. Leviticus 6 and 7 discuss this.<br><br>
What the priest does with the meat (grain) offering (Leviticus 6:14-23)<br><br><br>
14 And this is the law of the meat offering: the sons of Aaron shall offer it before the LORD, before the altar.<br>
15 And he shall take of it his handful, of the flour of the meat offering, and of the oil thereof, and all the frankincense which is upon the meat offering, and shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour, even the memorial of it, unto the LORD.<br>
16 And the remainder thereof shall Aaron and his sons eat: with unleavened bread shall it be eaten in the holy place; in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation they shall eat it.<br>
17 It shall not be baken with leaven. I have given it unto them for their portion of my offerings made by fire; it is most holy, as is the sin offering, and as the trespass offering.<br>
18 All the males among the children of Aaron shall eat of it. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations concerning the offerings of the LORD made by fire: every one that toucheth them shall be holy.<br>
19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,<br>
20 This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which they shall offer unto the LORD in the day when he is anointed; the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meat offering perpetual, half of it in the morning, and half thereof at night.<br>
21 In a pan it shall be made with oil; and when it is baken, thou shalt bring it in: and the baken pieces of the meat offering shalt thou offer for a sweet savour unto the LORD.<br>
22 And the priest of his sons that is anointed in his stead shall offer it: it is a statute for ever unto the LORD; it shall be wholly burnt.<br>
23 For every meat offering for the priest shall be wholly burnt: it shall not be eaten.
 

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Mildly curious where anyone said anything about it bugging them to read the Bible (other than me in my title <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">). I don't read any books that bug me, whether it's the Bible or a Shakespeare anthology. But I always want to know a little more about events behind the scenes.<br><br>
ASWG - I'm not in any study group; I'm just catching up on my OT readings since I don't read them nearly as much as the NT. And I always have questions. General ones such as this which can stay on the light hearted side of things I don't mind throwing out to the board. Deep ones I keep much closer to the vest.
 

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I always enjoy Bible-talk and am glad you started this thread. I don't know nearly enough about the Old Testament, but I want to.
 
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