the death of ego

The book of Leviticus starts out talking about burnt offerings, not an extremely relevant topic these days.  The idea of the burnt offering was that the entire thing would be consumed so that no one would benefit.  That’s probably why it is called a sacrifice. Going the way of most pure tradition, this became corrupted over time.

We see in the book of 1 Samuel where one of Eli’s sons, “treat[s] the LORD’S offering with contempt.”[1] Further down the road the Psalmist writes “I have no need of a bull from your

stall or of goats from your pens, If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.”[2] God is asking, “Do you think I’m hungry?  Is that why you think I set up the sacrificial system?”

I was reading an author this week that talks about the real purpose behind the system.  He says that it is to project your ego onto the animal and thus to sacrifice your ego.[3] The whole idea was to admit that your ego needed to die.

This got me thinking.  What needs to die in me?  If I were a living sacrifice what would truly be different about me?  What would people notice?

[1] 1 Samuel 2:17

[2] Psalm 50:9;12

[3] Wink, Walter.  The Powers That Be.


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