Torah Portion Lev.1.1-9
Vayikra “He Called”
Lev.1:1-9 Lev 1:1 And Yahweh called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Lev 1:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto Yahweh, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock. Lev 1:3 if his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before Yahweh. Lev 1:4 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. Lev 1:5 And he shall kill the bullock before Yahweh: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Lev 1:6 And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces. Lev 1:7 And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire: Lev 1:8 And the priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: Lev 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto Yahweh.
- The primary theme taught by Leviticus concerns how to draw near to Yahweh.
- Where did Yahweh dwell on earth after the Garden of Eden?
- So we might say that the Israelites would go to the place where Yahweh chose to put His name to be near to Him to give Him our sacrifice.
Heb.13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to Elohim continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
- What do we do today?
The Hebrew word for offering is Corban.
- The root for the word offering/corban is brq, which means coming near!
- kor'ban, A sacrifice made to Elohim by the ancient Hebrews at the Temple in Jerusalem. [Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek korban, from Hebrew qorban, from qarab, to approach.](The American Heritage Dictionary)(Elohim added)
- Literally, one could say, “When a man brings a drawing near to YHVH…”
- How does sinful man draw near to a Holy Elohim? Through blood sacrifice!
- The Hebrew word for whole burnt offering/burnt offering/burnt sacrifice is olah, h'lo[.whole burnt Offering (or an ascending/elevation.
- The priest carried the offering up to the alter and the smoke went up to Yahweh as a sweet savor.
What thematic understanding is presented in Leviticus 1:3 concerning the type of sacrifice?
- A whole burnt offering.
What thematic understanding is presented in Leviticus 1:3 concerning the quality of the Sacrifice?
- Male without blemish. Which meant physically? Sound and whole.
What thematic understanding is presented in Leviticus 1:3 concerning the location of the Sacrifice?
- At the door of the tent of the meeting.
What thematic understanding is presented in Leviticus 1:3 concerning the motivation for? Bringing the sacrifice?
- It was freewill not required.
What thematic understanding is presented in Leviticus 1:4 concerning the purpose of the sacrifice?
- Sacrifice is accepted and the sacrifice atones for the worshiper.
What is the theme of Leviticus 1:5b-9a?
- Instructions for the priest.
What thematic understanding is presented in Leviticus 1:9 concerning the type of sacrifice?
- The Olah is a fire offering.
What thematic understanding is presented in Leviticus 1:9 concerning the effect of the sacrifice on Yahweh?
- It is a satisfying aroma to Him.
The theme of this pasha is the olah offering.
Lev.1:10-13 Lev 1:10 And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish. Lev 1:11 And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before Yahweh: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar. Lev 1:12 And he shall cut it into his pieces, with his head and his fat: and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: Lev 1:13 But he shall wash the inwards and the legs with water: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto Yahweh.
Lev.1:14-17 Lev 1:14 And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to Yahweh be of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young pigeons. Lev 1:15 And the priest shall bring it unto the altar, and wring off his head, and burn it on the altar; and the blood thereof shall be wrung out at the side of the altar: Lev 1:16 And he shall pluck away his crop with his feathers, and cast it beside the altar on the east part, by the place of the ashes: Lev 1:17 And he shall cleave it with the wings thereof, but shall not divide it asunder: and the priest shall burn it upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto Yahweh.