I think we may have reached the end of the offerings. I started to think I was going batty, because it seemed to be saying the same thing over and over, but it’s actually outlined six different offerings: burnt, grain, sin, guilt, fellowship, and ordination.
Burnt is where the whole thing is burned up, nothing left to eat. Chillingly it is the origin of the word “holocaust”.
Sin is for Israel’s corporate sin,
guilt for specific individual crimes,
grain is non meat, and was a gift, a freewill offering to God (if you were well off… It was also an option for other purposes of you were poor)
fellowship is for celebrating good things that happen, to acknowledge that God provides,
ordination is dedication of new priests.
All have different rules about the animal, the nature of the royal etc.
I was struck by the metaphor of cleaning. There is a lot of ritual cleansing and rules about unclean things contaminating the clean. It actually has a reasondable amount of practical science behind it, but it is a powerful metaphor for god’s holiness, one that is hard to reconcile with how loved and close to God Christians are promised to be.
Strange that the no blood thing carries on as kosher rules for Jewish people, though the sacrificial system has passed on.