Peace Offering- Leviticus 3
Today’s Reading Schedule: Leviticus 1-4 (CEB)- Click to read
If the offering is a communal sacrifice of well-being,[d] the one who offers the herd animal—whether it is male or female—must present a flawless specimen before the Lord. 2 You must press your hand on the head of the offering and slaughter it at the meeting tent’s entrance. Aaron’s sons the priests will toss the blood against every side of the altar. 3 Then you can offer a food gift to the Lord from the communal sacrifice of well-being: the fat that covers and surrounds the insides; 4 the two kidneys and the fat around them at the loins; and the lobe on the liver, which should be removed with the kidneys. 5 Aaron’s sons will completely burn all of this on the altar—along with the entirely burned offering on the wood that is on the altar fire—as a food gift of soothing smell to the Lord.
6 If the offering for a communal sacrifice of well-being for the Lord is from the flock—whether it is male or female—you must present a flawless specimen. 7 If you present a sheep as the offering, you must present it before the Lord. 8 You must press your hand on the head of the offering and slaughter it before the meeting tent. Aaron’s sons will toss the blood against every side of the altar. 9 Then you may offer the fat from the communal sacrifice of well-being as a food gift for the Lord: the whole fat tail, which should be removed close to the tailbone; the fat that covers and surrounds the insides; 10 the two kidneys and the fat around them at the loins; and the lobe on the liver, which should be removed with the kidneys. 11 The priest will then completely burn all of this on the altar as food—as a food gift for the Lord.
12 If the offering is a goat, you must present it before the Lord. 13 You must press your hand on its head and slaughter it before the meeting tent. Aaron’s sons will toss its blood against every side of the altar. 14 Then you may present as your offering—a food gift for the Lord—the fat that covers and surrounds the insides; 15 the two kidneys and the fat around them at the loins; and the lobe on the liver, which should be removed with the kidneys. 16 The priest will then completely burn all of this on the altar as food—as a food gift for a soothing smell.
All fat belongs to the Lord. 17 This is a permanent rule for your future generations, wherever you live: you must not eat any fat or blood.
What Does the passage Mean to Me/US?
Today, we dive into the book of Leviticus. Leviticus is considered as one of the most difficult books of the Bible to read through.
God lays down laws which it is difficult for us to understand, without the understanding of Jewish culture.
However, we need to see beyond the law. We need to see the brokenness of humanity that constantly rebels against God.
At the end of this devotion, I am sharing a 6-minute video that talks about the relationship between law, humanity, and Jesus Christ.
There is also an article I would like to share that introduces the 5 main offerings listed in Leviticus. Click here
The question is, why do all these laws of offering matter to us?
The purpose of the offerings is thanksgiving and reconciliation.
Through the sacrifice that was made, we are reconciled in the relationship with God.
We come to God with thanksgiving of offering that path to reconciliation first.
However, the reconciliation and thanksgiving should stretch out to others.
The main purpose of the offering presented in Leviticus 3, the Peace offering, is to present the best part of the offering to God and share the other parts of the offering with the group of people the offerer needs to reconcile.
We are to present our lives as a living sacrifice to the world. Romans 12:1 says, “So, brothers and sisters, because of God’s mercies, I encourage you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God. This is your appropriate priestly service” (Romans 12:1 CEB).
It is presenting our lives to God and the world, with thanksgiving and as an agent of reconciliation.
Are we faithful to that call?
Lord, we present to you our lives, our everything. Use it for your glory today. In Christ Name, we pray, AMEN
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