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In Leviticus 7 verse 30, This passage is written:

30 With their own hands they are to present the food offering to the LORD; they are to bring the fat, together with the breast, and wave the breast before the LORD as a wave offering.

On this passage, did they really wave the sacrifice before offering it? and what exactly was the point in waving it?

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This is a great question. –  dleyva3 Aug 30 '11 at 6:24
At first, I misunderstood what breast referred to. The passage looked very confusing! ESL, yeah... –  dancek Sep 17 '11 at 23:20
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From the other references to the same action (see here), it would appear that part of one (or more) of the sacrifices was to be held high and displayed before the gathered and before God that the offering was being made.

If you read further in the Leviticus passage, you get to this:

but the breast shall belong to Aaron and his sons

As the breast was the portion "waved" before the Lord, it appears that it was to be a public showing of what had been brought, and after it had been consecrated it was to be given to the Aaronic priests for their use.

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Whereas the burnt offering is completely consumed by fire, the wave offering is ceremonially given to God, but is not consumed by fire. After waved (presented) to God, it is given to the priest (as part of fulfilling the inheritance to the tribe of Levi). –  mojo Jan 6 at 22:03
@mojo - that's pretty much what I said :) –  warren Jan 7 at 14:21
I only wanted to add the contrast to the burnt offering. –  mojo Jan 7 at 17:24
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The following is regarding Leviticus 7:30. I hope it's useful. The source is: http://www.bibletools.org

The breast named here is what we call the brisket. In the ritual, it was waved before God by means of the offerer holding the brisket in his hands and the priest then laying his hands on the offerer's hands. The offerer then advanced toward the altar by himself as though he was presenting his gift to God. Upon reaching the altar, he returned to the priest with the brisket and handed it to him, signifying God giving that portion of the offering to the priest and his sons.

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