"In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil." Proverbs 16:6
Text: Exodus 29 : 22-25
THE CONCEPT OF A WAVE OFFERING
The study of offerings is fascinating! The consecration sacrifices are full of deep symbolic meanings. The third sacrifice, involving the ram of consecration had another application.
“Also you shall take the fat of the ram, the fat tail,
the fat that covers the entrails, the fatty lobe attached to the liver,
the two kidneys and the fat on them, the right thigh
(for it is a ram of consecration) , one loaf of bread, one cake
made with oil, and one wafer from the basket of the unleavened
bread that is before the LORD, and you shall put all these in
the hands of Aaron, and in the hands of his sons, and you shall
wave them as a wave offering before the LORD.
You shall receive them back from their hands and burn them on
the altar as a burnt offering as a sweet aroma before the LORD.
It is an offering made by fire to the LORD.”
1. The blood of the ram of consecration
The blood of the ram was applied to the right ear, the right thumb and the right toe of the priests to consecrate them to serve the Lord faithfully! But there was more to the ram than its blood. What about the internal organs of the ram?
2. The internal organs and the bread waved before the LORD by the priests
The idea of a wave offering must be read in the context of consecration of the priests. Thus far Moses had done everything for the priests! He was the one who directed their ritual bath. He helped them don their priestly garments. He anointed them with the blood of the consecration lamb.
The priests did the wave offering! This was their participation of the consecration ceremonial service! What did that symbolize? Three things may be highlighted:-
a) Their acceptance of their role as consecrated priests.
b) Their joy in serving the Lord .
c) Their dedication to serve the Lord as His faithful servants.
3. “A burnt offering as a sweet aroma before the LORD”
Moses would then receive these elements waved by the priests and he would then proceed to offer them as a burnt offering to the Lord. When done perfectly, this burnt offering would be accepted by the Lord “as a sweet aromaâ?¦an offering made by fire ” to Him. This was now the second part involving the ram of consecration. There was a third part.