And the LORD said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father's house
with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons
with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood.||
And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring
thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee:
but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of
And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come
nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye
(18:3) "They shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die."|
Stay away from holy things and places -- like churches. God will kill you if you get too close.
And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle
of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger
shall not come nigh unto you.
And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the
altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.||
And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the
children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the
service of the tabernacle of the congregation.||
(18:6) "The Levites ... are ... to do the
service of the tabernacle."|
Who may offer sacrifices to God?
"The stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death."
How should strangers be treated?
Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest's office for
everything of the altar, and within the vail; and ye shall serve: I have
given your priest's office unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh
nigh shall be put to death.
And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee the charge
of mine heave offerings of all the hallowed things of the children of
Israel; unto thee have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy
sons, by an ordinance for ever.
This shall be thine of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every
oblation of theirs, every meat offering of theirs, and every sin offering of
theirs, and every trespass offering of theirs which they shall render unto
me, shall be most holy for thee and for thy sons.||
In the most holy place shalt thou eat it; every male shall eat it: it
shall be holy unto thee.||
And this is thine; the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave
offerings of the children of Israel: I have given them unto thee, and to thy
sons and to thy daughters with thee, by a statute for ever: every one that
is clean in thy house shall eat of it.||
All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the wheat,
the firstfruits of them which they shall offer unto the LORD, them have I
And whatsoever is first ripe in the land, which they shall bring unto the
LORD, shall be thine; every one that is clean in thine house shall eat of
Every thing devoted in Israel shall be thine.||
Every thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto
the LORD, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the
firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean
beasts shalt thou redeem.||
God describes once again the procedure
for ritualistic animal sacrifices. Such rituals must be extremely important to God, since he makes
their performance a "statute" and "covenant" forever. Why, then don't Bible-believers perform these
sacrifices anymore? Don't they realize how God must miss the "sweet savour" of burning flesh?
Don't they believe God when he says "forever"?
Does God desire animal sacrifices?
(18:17) "Thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and shalt burn their fat for an offering made by fire for a
sweet savour unto the Lord."
(18:19) "By a statute for ever: it is a covenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee."
And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem,
according to thine estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the
shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.
But the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling
of a goat, thou shalt not redeem; they are holy: thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar,
and shalt burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a sweet savour
unto the LORD.
And the flesh of them shall be thine, as the wave breast and as the right
shoulder are thine.
All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel
offer unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with
thee, by a statute for ever: it is a covenant of salt for ever before the LORD unto thee
and to thy seed with thee.
And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their
land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine
inheritance among the children of Israel.||
And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for
an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the
tabernacle of the congregation.||
Neither must the
children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest
they bear sin, and die.||
(18:22) "Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest
they bear sin, and die."|
But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the
congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for
ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they
have no inheritance.
But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave
offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I
have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,||
Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the
children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your
inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD,
even a tenth part of the tithe.||
And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were
the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress.||
Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your
tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give
thereof the LORD's heave offering to Aaron the priest.||
Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of
all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it.||
Therefore thou shalt say unto them, When ye have heaved the best thereof
from it, then it shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the
threshingfloor, and as the increase of the winepress.||
And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households: for it is your
reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation.||
And ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, when ye have heaved from it the
best of it: neither
shall ye pollute the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die.||
"Neither shall ye pollute the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die."