I've been studying in Leviticus recently, and have recently come across a passage that I have read before multiple times, but never really spent a lot of time thinking through. From Leviticus 17:3-5:
What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp, And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the Lord before the tabernacle of the Lord; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people: To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the Lord, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the Lord.
From my reading of the passage (and I could be reading wrongly), there are basically two possible interpretations:
The children of Israel were not permitted to make their own sacrifices (they had to bring the sacrifices to the priest)
After having sacrificed the animal, they were to bring it to the priest (at the door of the congregation) for him to complete the ceremonial rites.
Which, if either, of these interpretations is correct?