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November 21, 2018

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Leviticus 3 (ESV)

“If his offering is a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offers an animal from the herd, male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the Lord. And he shall lay his hand on the head of his offering and kill it at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall throw the blood against the sides of the altar. And from the sacrifice of the peace offering, as a food offering to the Lord, he shall offer the fat covering the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails,and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the long lobe of the liver that he shall remove with the kidneys. Then Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar on top of the burnt offering, which is on the wood on the fire; it is a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

“If his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering to the Lord is an animal from the flock, male or female, he shall offer it without blemish. If he offers a lamb for his offering, then he shall offer it before the Lord, lay his hand on the head of his offering, and kill it in front of the tent of meeting; and Aaron’s sons shall throw its blood against the sides of the altar. Then from the sacrifice of the peace offering he shall offer as a food offering to the Lord its fat; he shall remove the whole fat tail, cut off close to the backbone, and the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails 10 and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins and the long lobe of the liver that he shall remove with the kidneys. 11 And the priest shall burn it on the altar as a food offering to the Lord.

12 “If his offering is a goat, then he shall offer it before the Lord 13 and lay his hand on its head and kill it in front of the tent of meeting, and the sons of Aaron shall throw its blood against the sides of the altar. 14 Then he shall offer from it, as his offering for a food offering to the Lord, the fat covering the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails 15 and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins and the long lobe of the liver that he shall remove with the kidneys. 16 And the priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering with a pleasing aroma. All fat is the Lord‘s. 17 It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, in all your dwelling places, that you eat neither fat nor blood.”

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  1. Peace Offering

    The peace offering follows the burnt and grain offering and like the burnt and grain offerings,  is a "pleasing aroma to the Lord" (Leviticus 3:5,16). 

    What's interesting is that the peace offering, unlike the previous offerings was optional. It was not part of the regular daily offerings in the temple (as the burnt and grain offerings were every morning and evening). 

    In writing of the purpose of the peace offering in his commentary on Leviticus, Gordon Wenham writes, "The traditional rendering 'peace offering' connects shəlāmı̂m with Heb. shālôm, 'peace.' Peace in Hebrew means more than the absence of war. True peace means health, prosperity, and peace with God, i.e., salvation. This understanding of the peace offering, accepted by a number of ancient and modern writers, seems to do most justice to the OT evidence.

    "Leviticus 7 mentions three different types of peace offering: confession offerings, vow offerings, and free-will offerings. Salvation (peace) is the common factor in the different situations in which these offerings were presented.

    "More directly related to the OT peace offering is the Lord’s supper. At the last supper Jesus referred to the cup of wine as 'the new covenant in my blood' (1 Corinthians 11:25). In so doing he alluded to the blood of the old covenant (Exodus 24:8). When the Sinai Covenant had been agreed to by the people, Moses took the blood of the burnt offerings and peace offerings and threw it over the people and said, 'Here is the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you.' The last supper was more like the peace offering than a burnt offering in that the peace offering and the last supper were both meals, while the burnt offering never was. Christ’s death on the cross is a closer parallel to the burnt offering. His sharing of his body and blood with his disciples forms the closer parallel to the peace offering."

    Wenham, G. J. (1979). The Book of Leviticus (pp. 77–78). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

    As you can see, this short chapter has a lot of significance for us which is not revealed in the text.
     

  2. I find it fascinating how detailed and specific God's instructions are! I had no idea that all of this was in The Bible, and it's really cool to learn about it!  

  3. Every time I walk with God again through Leviticus, my soul rejoices over having had all these requirements fulfilled by Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. Through Him, because of Him, and in Him I have peace with God. I have forgiveness of sin. 

    When I imagine having to repeatedly offer these living sacrifices to have a relationship with God, I rejoice again as I go back to the cross and hear the Son of God say, “It is finished” as He lays down His life — a living sacrifice — for me. 

    How could I not then lay down my life as a living sacrifice for Him? Jesus asked Peter, “Will you lay down your life for Me?”

    Yes, Lord. Yes.

    “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1

     

     

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