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Burnt Offerings

Burnt Offerings are understood by considering what happens from the viewpoint of the one who presents the offering. When his offering is burnt, it turns to ashes. This means there was a change in the status and rights of the one who offered funds, garden produce, or land that previously belonged to him - he no longer owns even a small part of that property, and he has no rights to it. He totally gave his gift at the altar.

In reality, his offering is not set on fire. Nobody lights a hot fire to burn the man's contribution check or to literally turn his garden produce into a pile of ashes.

These are metaphors and to unmoore their meaning is sophistry. We see burnt is used as a metaphor to indicate the process of what happens to property rights related to the offering. The one who once managed that property has severed his rights, and he is no longer the manager.

After the offering is burnt, it becomes the property of the one to whom it was offered, and a burnt offering brought to the altar of Christ becomes an item of property belonging to Jesus Christ. After it is burnt, it will be managed by a steward, whom we call a minister of recorded elders (MoRE).

Every altar has a minister standing beside it. The minister in a civil government is often called a 'clerk' or an 'official'. The minister has duties connected with the altar[1], and he can only stand at the altar while he is trusted to serve according to his prescribed duties. The minister does not have complete property rights over the property which came as a burnt offering. In the view of the minister, the item which came to the altar is an item of value, and if he acts according to his good conscience, he dares not steal it from its rightful owner (the superior being or corporation for whom he acts as a trustee).

In the case of a church minister, he has the duty to commune with the Father in heaven, to do His will regarding the offering which came to him as a burnt offering, and this is just the same Jesus did, during His earthly ministry, as He was doing the will of the Father. The Father did not lead Jesus to dole out benefits to those who refused to consider and do according to the Law of the Almighty in heaven. And the church minister carefully weighs the situation before he administers welfare assistance, using items from the altar of Christ as provisions and benefits given out freely (with no strings attached, and without exercising authority over the recipient of the benefit).

The church minister may use a computer system, or he may use a hand-written system for keeping records. He will need to consider guidelines while he interacts with those who approach the altar of Christ. He certainly has religious duties related to welfare and the Daily ministration. He is also a singer[2] who proclaims the good news.

Look what Jesus did in Luke 9[3]. He asked His disciples to go preach the kingdom of God, because that was part of the Father's business. Did they load up the stuff which came to the altar? No, they traveled without lots of stuff, and when they were greeted by kingdom seekers, they were given what they needed on their journey. That which was given to them was charity, to support the work of the disciples during their journey. It was not a burnt offering, in that case, since it was given by the seeker directly to the disciple for his own use.

What, then, is the proper use of items that came to the altar? And how is the burnt offering delivered?

It is for purposes of pure religion.

It is given in the context of a trust, with its trustee (deacon/minister) standing at his place to oversee all burnt offerings. A righteous manner of giving becomes the altar of Christ. If it is given by a manner of 'strange fire', the good trustee rejects it, and he does not let it touch the altar of Christ, so that the altar may remain pure and holy.


In Numbers 28, we find words like offering and burnt offering. The word for offering in the Hebrew is qorban. The word for burnt offering is olah. Both words indicate sacrifice, but the latter includes the idea of holocaust (going up in smoke). Another Hebrew word, ishshah, also indicates burnt offering, since it is made by fire. Numbers 28:2 "Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering [qorban], and my bread for my sacrifices made by fire [ishshah], for a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer [qarab] unto me in their due season." Qorban and qarab both have the idea of coming near. [4]

The reason for gathering together in a congregation of record includes purposes of drawing nearer to God, and He wants His children to come with them some of the blessings He has graced upon them along the way in their journey of life. We are to cast them upon the waters[5], which is to say, we are to share them, to make them available whenever a minister discovers a worthy soul who needs healing or comfort or assistance to get him back onto the path of diligence and righteousness. The burnt offering is at hand when the minister discovers, in the moment, it is time to distribute from the altar of Christ in the manner of ministry which is pleasing to the Father.

The manner of casting this bread upon the waters includes these aspects:

  • It is a voluntary gift, given from a cheerful heart by one who gladly shares his wealth;
  • it is a gift given for reasons of repentance, gratitude, love and mercy;
  • it is a gift that is useful (i.e, it is not rubbish, in the eyes of the giver);
  • it is a gift which, from God's way of seeing it, is not blemished;
  • it is an item which the giver owned, until the time he gave it as a burnt offering.

These aspects, together with all aspects of justice and humility, are innately part of the holy fire which make the burnt offering acceptable.


This page is a work-in-progress.


Types of offerings

Some categorize the offerings of the Old Testaments into five divisions:

the Burnt Offerings,
the Grain Offering,
the Peace Offering or Sin offering[6],
the Purification Offering, and
the Reparation Offering.

You will also see the sin offering, wave offering, freewill offering and even drink offering.

All these offerings had some descriptions to give us some idea of their meaning or purpose. But through Sophistry the true meaning and purpose has been lost in a plethora of theologies and mindless ritual unmoored from their original purpose.

Understanding what the Burnt Offerings purpose was is key to understanding the altars of Clay and Stone. Only then can you connect the essential to understanding the types of offerings and their purpose. Israel was a government without rulers, a nation with no king.

The grain offering was to worship God and acknowledge His provision by sharing those provisions given you to and with others. Grain could almost be used as money and precious. It was the lack of grain that brought them into bondage and could mean famine and death.

The peace offering is often considered a propitiatory or conciliatory offering because of some offence. It appears in Hebrew as [7] It is from a word that means "to be at peace" so, in fact, it is an offering "to bring peace". This often means paying recompense. It is also said to mean "to be complete, be sound". It could be cakes or leavened bread as a thanksgiving.

In 1 Samuel 13 Saul forces a burnt offering and a peace offering because he needs support for a war he sees coming. Samuel says his kingdom will not stand because he has done this foolish thing.

1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.


Saul had foolishly forced the sacrifice of the people so that he could defend Israel from the Philistines. While this was the fulfillment of the 1 Samuel 8 prophecy that rulers given power to take would take and take and take it also marked the curse of all governments who covet.

Thou hast done Foolishly

1 Samuel 13:13 “And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue:”

Samuel told Saul that his kingdom would not last because he was foolish enough to force the offerings of the people.[8]

Saul was given power to exercise authority over the people by the people. While the people gave him that power to be used for their own slothful and wantonness purposes, God had told them that the power would corrupt their leaders. This desire to elect a leader who could exercise authority over the people was a rejection[9] of God's kingdom. In God's government taxation comes in the form of voluntary tithes which are freewill offerings granted to a "called out" group identified as Levites. That Tithe to the individual Levite was the result of an individual choice of the people and "according to their service" to the people. That syste will oly wor among people who actually and actively love their neighbor as themselves. The Kingdom of God is from generation to generation and the right to choose for ourselves, which we call liberty, is a gift from God. When we give the power to choose for us to others we are turning from the responsibilities that are correlative to our God given rights.

When the people elected to give their right to choose to one man or even a group of men they were abandoning God in spirit and in truth. The side effect of this is that the leaders will be corrupted and we as a society will become weak and beggarly.[10]

Basically what is happening is the people are desiring to take from their neighbor, to force their neighbor to give that which was originally their neighbors to the leader so that the leader could guarantee their personal security. This is the essence of covetousness and the Bible and the prophets warn us against this over and over again.[11]

Saul would eventually repent of that foolishness 1 Samuel 26:21 "Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly."

But David would do the same not only in the case of Bethsheba but would sin against the whole nation when he tried to institute a draft which was the prophecy of Samuel. He too would repent,[12] The willingness of the people to force the sons and daughters of their neighbors to labor and even die for their protection and welfare is an egregious sin against God and our fellow man. It is so common in the nations of the world and accepted by the people that without repentance all mankind's days are as numbered by their foolishness as they have desired to number their fellowman.

Today, we are taught that it is a good thing to apply to the authoritarian benefactors who force the contributions and sacrifices of the people, even though when Saul did that he was called “foolish” by Samuel and a violator of the commandments of the LORD thy God because he set to forcing the offering of the people in a system of Corban that would make the word of God to none effect.

Once a ruler does this he will take and take and take like 1 Samuel 8 tells us and the people will become humane resources and a surety for debt. They will be little more than Merchandise and their children will be cursed because of their Covetous Practices of impure Religion in a form of public religion through the state.

  • "And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father [also] chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions." 1 Kings 12:14
We are supposed to Repent and if we did then we could answer the question
Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus and the early Church advocated a Daily ministration that was dependent on Charity only and it was not like the system of Corban of the Pharisees and Rome.
  • Do you only gather for the comfort it gives you, or do you gather to benefit others?
  • Christ came to serve, not be served. Do you desire to be served or are you coming in His name and according to His character to serve others?

If we desire His Grace but we only love those who love us then there is no Grace because it is clear we do not really believe in Him.

If we do not Repent of our Covetous Practices and are not diligently gathering together in Free Assemblies of Love for all to provide for one another in Charity according to the Perfect law of liberty then we have nothing according to Paul. According to Luke 6:32 if we only love those who love us there is no "Grace". Christ also said if you do not Forgive neither will the Father forgive you.[13]

It is not enough to hate the deeds of the workers of iniquity, but we must return to Thy first love and thy first work. To break the yoke we need to return to the ways of righteousness spoken of in Isaiah 58 which are the ways of Christ and the early Church. And His yoke is light for it is carried by our love of one another.

Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Christ all created Networks of charity to care for the true needy of society without force which is how they were able to help set people free. Do you gather with His Church to attend to the Weightier matters as Christ said?

  • Are you gathering in a Network of righteousness?
  • Do you come to love others or just be loved?

Early Christians found themselves in conflict with these systems of social welfare because they made the word of God to none effect. Christians had repented of their covetous nature when they received the Baptism of Christ. They heard and became Doers of the word not hearers only.

Remember Proverbs 12:24, "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the Slothful shall be under Tribute."

We know that liberty under God is not for the covetous who are Biting one another but it is also not for the slothful. If we are not congregating together in free assemblies bound together in a broad network by faith, hope, and charity alone according to the perfect law of liberty then we are not truly seeking the Kingdom of God nor His righteousness.


Footnotes

  1. The altar in a civil government office is not merely the counter behind which the clerk stands. The civil altar includes the computer system used for the work. It includes the administrative codes by which the clerk does his job. It includes all elements of a system for providing welfare benefits to the public.
  2. One who announces. This is the idea of a news broadcaster. In the ancient days, this was accomplished by the town crier or the runner. This was a trustworthy one, who repeated accurately what he heard said by he king (for example). He put the burden upon himself to get the news to its intended destination, come what may. He encountered perils, on his journey. So be it, he is faithful to his duty, and he fends for himself. He was a tough guy! He would run in the rain and snow, just to deliver the news. It could save lives, if it was news about an approaching enemy. How many ministers act like that when they present the gospel? The singer is a preacher. Some singers use a melody with their message, but Jesus was a preacher (we have no record showing He preached with a melody and rhythm), and He was a singer in the sense of being a bearer of good news.
  3. Luk 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. Luk 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. Luk 9:3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. Luk 9:4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. Luk 9:5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. Luk 9:6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
  4. Jer 30:21, 22 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD. And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. Hebrews 10:22 - 25 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
  5. Ecc 11:1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Ecc 11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
  6. 02403 ^האטח^ ChetTetAlefHey chatta’ah \@khat-taw-aw’\@ or ^תאטח^ chatta’th \@khat-tawth’\@ from 02398; n f; AV-sin 182, sin offering 116, punishment 3, purification for sin 2, purifying 1, sinful 1, sinner 1; 296
    1) sin, sinful
    2) sin, sin offering
    2a) sin
    2b) condition of sin, guilt of sin
    2c) punishment for sin
    2d) sin-offering
    2e) purification from sins of ceremonial uncleanness
  7. 08002 ^םלשׁ^ shelem \@sheh’- lem\@ from 07999; n m; AV-peace offerings 81, peace 6; 87
    1) peace offering, requital, sacrifice for alliance or friendship
    1a) voluntary sacrifice of thanks
  8. 1 Samuel 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him [to be] captain over his people, because thou hast not kept [that] which the LORD commanded thee.
  9. 1 Samuel 8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
  10. Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
  11. 1 Samuel 8
  12. “And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.” 2 Samuel 24:10
  13. Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
    Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.