Leviticus 6: Cheating and Offerings

March 15, 2024 ·

Summary:
If anyone cheats or deceives his neighbor, he must repay what he cheated him out of and add a fifth for restitution. He is to do this on the same day he performs his guilt offering.

The burnt offering is to remain on the altar overnight. Then, the priest gets dressed and takes the ashes outside the city to a predetermined spot. The fire on the altar must be kept burning at all times.

One handful of each grain offering is to be burned, and the rest is to be eaten by the priests in the courtyard. Aaron’s special anointing grain offering should be a tenth of an ephah and is to be burned entirely, not eaten.

A sin offering is to be slaughtered and eaten by the priests in the courtyard. Anything it touches becomes holy. The pot in which it’s cooked must either be broken or cleaned thoroughly. However, if it’s a sin offering brought into the holy place for atonement, then it is not to be eaten but burned.

Key verse:
5. or anything about whichhe has sworn falsely, he shall restore it in full and shall add a fifth to it, and give itto him to whom it belongs on the day he realizes his guilt

My thoughts:
The sins discussed in this chapter are seen as minor property offenses, where someone takes advantage of another’s property for their own gain. The penalty for this is not extreme but clear. The offender must pay back what was wrong and also pay an additional fine equal to a fifth of the original value. This extra payment does not go to the priests but rather to the person who was wronged.

Many of the offerings were eaten by the priests. The priests had no income and lived off the offerings of the people.

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