Who Can Eat Of The Sin Offering?

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Hi L____,

Yes, that was very interesting. My Jewish friend would put his leaven in the basement during the days of unleavened bread. As he told me, “I paid good money for those groceries”, and he considered the basement to be “out of his household.” I don’t know if the connection with sin was even realized.
You ask:
“Can they who serve the tabernacle eat of the sin offering?”
The answer to that is no, they cannot:

Lev 4:4  And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock’s head, and kill the bullock before the LORD.
Lev 4:5  And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock’s blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation:
Lev 4:6  And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before the LORD, before the vail of the sanctuary.
Lev 4:7  And the priest shall put [ some] of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the LORD, which [ is] in the tabernacle of the congregation; and shall pour all the blood of the bullock at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which [ is at] the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Lev 4:8  And he shall take off from it all the fat of the bullock for the sin offering; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that [ is] upon the inwards,
Lev 4:9  And the two kidneys, and the fat that [ is] upon them, which [ is] by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away,
Lev 4:10  As it was taken off from the bullock of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall burn them upon the altar of the burnt offering.
Lev 4:11  And the skin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards, and his dung,
Lev 4:12  Even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp unto a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt.

The sin offering, with the exception of “the blood, the fat, the kidneys and the caul above the liver,” is completely consumed by the fire “without the camp.” It is sin, and it is burnt up, not on the altar, but “without the camp.” These inward parts which are burned on the altar with the fat represent the health of our inward man. That alone is to be “burnt upon the altar of the burnt offering.” 
We are specifically instructed to present ourselves as a sacrifice to God:

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [ which is] your reasonable service.

The sin offering is completely consumed with fire “without the camp.” Christ is our sin offering, and in Him we present our own bodies to God and “go to Him without the camp” as a sin offering to God:

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Are we to present ourselves to God as any other type of sacrifice? Are we a “sweet smelling savor” sacrifice, or are we just a non- sweet savor sin offering? What do the scriptures say?  The sin offering is not a sweet smelling savor, and it is wholly “burnt without (outside) the camp.” Are we a sin offering? Indeed we are if we “go to him without the camp” and with Him bear our own cross also outside the camp.

But, like Christ, we are also in Christ, to present ourselves to God as a sweet savor sacrifice:

2Co 2:15  For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

“We are to God the sweet smell of Christ,” and yet we are to “go to Christ without the camp” where the non- sweet smelling sin offering is burnt on the ground. What does this all show us?

It again confirms the truth of this verse of God’s Word:

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

The fact is that Christ’s  inheritance in the saints is still growing in all who are pressing toward the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus. The Lord certainly has given you an interesting life. He has in fact been preparing you for His own purpose from before the foundation of the world:

2Ti 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called [ us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Tit 1:2  In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.

God bless your efforts to know Him and His son,
Your brother in Christ,

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