March 04, 2007

Breadcrumb: What's good for the goose...

Lev. 9 is a series of seven offerings which begin Aaron and his sons' ministry. The very first offering, however, is a personal sin offering for Aaron. (Lev. 9:2, 9:8-10) Only after offering this sin offering was he able to offer a sin offering on behalf of the rest of the people. (Lev. 9:15) It seems that unless the offering priest was absolved, he could not absolve others. Please note that this is in contrast to Catholic doctrine, which says that the absolutions, consecrations, and other rituals offered by an ordained priest are valid, no matter what the personal state of the priest's sins.

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