A Burnt Offering of Small Animals

The Book of Leviticus begins with the procedure for burnt offerings from the herd. Then the Lord explained to Moses how burnt offerings of small animals were to be handled, “If his offering is of the flocks–of the sheep or of the goats–as a burnt sacrifice, he shall bring a male without blemish. He shall kill it on the north side of the altar before the LORD; and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall sprinkle its blood all around on the altar. And he shall cut it into its pieces, with its head and its fat; and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire upon the altar; but he shall wash the entrails and the legs with water. Then the priest shall bring it all and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD” (Leviticus 1:10-1 3).
The Lord had a purpose for every action taken, and whether the priests understood the significance of each action, was beside the point. In time, they may have understood or they may not have. Why, for example, did the Lord want the burnt offering of these small animals to be on the north side of the altar before Him? To us, north means up and so that made the sacrifice closer to Him. However, at this point that is only speculation from me.
If you were one of the priests, would you have thought about the significance of each action, or just gone through the sacrifice carefully as you would a list to check off?

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