TZAV (command)

Leviticus 6:8 And יהוה spoke to Moses saying, 9 Command אֶת־ Aaron וְאֶת־ and his sons saying, זֹאת This is the Torah (law) of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because it will be burning upon the altar all night until morning, in this way the fire of the altar will be kept burning. (C-MATS)

Question: How was the burnt-offering a sacrifice for the Kohen? In order to perform the sacrificial service, Kohanim must give up their regular means of earning a livelihood. This financial sacrifice is particularly acute in the case of a burnt-offering, from which the Kohanim receive nothing, since all of its meat is burned on the Altar. Even though its hide goes to the Kohanim, that is hardly sufficient to make up for their loss of income. (Chumash)

Question: Will the place of the altar be changed? The location of the Altar is very exactly defined, and is never to be changed… It is a commonly-held tradition that the place where David and Solomon built the Altar on the threshing floor of Arona, is the very place where Abraham built an altar and bound Isaac upon it; this is where Cain and Abel brought their offerings; this is where Adam the First Man offered a offering when he was created–and it is from [the earth of] this place that he was created. Man was formed from the place of his atonement. The King Yahshua will arise and restore the kingdom of David to its glory of old, to its original sovereignty. He will build the Temple and gather the dispersed of Israel. In his times, all the laws of the Torah will be reinstated as before; the sacrifices will be offered, the Sabbatical year and the Jubilee year instituted as outlined in the Torah. (Chumash)

Question: Where is our altar today? A believer’s Sabbath table is one of the altars provided by יהוה . It is a gathering place to assemble before יהוה and have a sacred meal and enter into the Sabbath. The table symbolizes the charity and hospitality of the believer’s home, and also the teachings one transmits to one’s children and the example one sets for them. The Torah demands extreme vigilance in its upkeep.

10 And the priest will put on his linen garment and cover himself with his linen breeches and take up אֶת־ the ashes which have consumed the fire with אֶת־ the burnt offering on the altar has consumed and he will put them beside the altar.

Question: What is the significance of the commandment of removing the ashes from the altar?  According to Hebrew law, it is forbidden to remind a person of his past sins. The Torah alludes to this with the law of the removal of the ashes. After the sacrifice has been sacrificed on the altar, only the ashes are left. Removing the ashes teaches us that a person can start over with a clean slate, with no trace remaining of his sin. (Chumash)

Discuss: Should you bring up a person’s old sins? Should you forgive him and speak of his sins no more?

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