Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Leviticus: Chapter 6

The eternal flame 

Burning through the night

The great consumer

And his watchman

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A reiteration of the laws of the offerings, but with a transformed ambiance. No longer is the focus the one sacrificer,  "a soul which shall bring." Now the focus is on the offering itself: "This is the law (Torah) of the Ascension Offering" "This is the law (Torah) of the Sin Offering."
We have returned to the primal call to sacrifice in Genesis: the Binding (akeda) of Isaac. "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and ascend him as an ascension offering". The root "to bind" (akod, mokda, tukad) is the key root, along with "fire" (esh) "law" (Torah) and "holy" (kadosh). We are in the world of the altar upon which "an eternal fire shall burn (tukad).. it shall not go out". The only human presence is that of the altar's watchmen, the priests, who must feed it every morning. The person who brings the offering has disappeared.]

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