Scripture: from verse 13
He is to wash the entrails and lower parts of the legs with water
Observation: Speaking of burnt offerings here: the offering (sheep in this section, bird in the next few verses) was to be slaughtered, the blood drained onto the sides of the alter, and then it was to be cleaned before being burned. The yucky parts of the sheep got washed with water, and the bird’s crop was to be removed.
Now, obviously you would do this to animals you were going to eat, but it’s kinda weird to do this to a sacrifice when it’s just going to be burned to ash anyway. It’s not like God will be sickened by a little dirt.
So possibly it’s for the benefit of the person bringing the offering, to continue to be involved in each step of the process. He doesn’t leave it all to the priest, but continues to prepare the sacrifice himself. Just like Yeshua is our sacrifice, but we continue to work with Him to enter into God’s grace.
(Or, possibly, it was for more practical reasons – could there be anything that would make people sick if it got into the smoke? I doubt it, but it’s possible.)
Application: Don’t assume your job is done once you’ve accepted His sacrifice. There’s still a lot of cleaning to be done.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for cleaning me. Thank you for sacrificing yourself for me even when I’m covered in mud and worse. Help me to stay under your waterfall of forgiveness. Amen.