In today’s reading:
The laws on sacrifices; consecration of Aaron and his sons for the priesthood; the offerings of the priests
E l “peace offering” (communion) was the only offering that was shared among three entities. First of all: «And the fat will be burned by the priest on the altar, but the breast will belong to Aaron and his sons. And you shall give to the priest to be raised as an offering, the right shoulder of your peace offerings ” (Leviticus 7: 31-32), and all that was left over was for the consumption of the offerer and his family. The offering for the peace sacrifice had to be an ox and a ram (9: 3-4). But the birds were not accepted for the peace sacrifice. The animal had to be without blemish, which is a characteristic of Jesus Christ who is Perfect and Flawless.
The “peace sacrifice” could be brought by the response of a petition, in connection with a vow, or by an act of giving thanks. It was not a requirement, but there were strict laws that had to be followed. To offer the “peace sacrifice” the offerer. . . “He shall put his hand on the head of his offering, and slaughter it at the door of the tabernacle of meeting; and the priests sons of Aaron shall sprinkle their blood on the altar all around “ (3: 2). The priest burned the fat on the altar. The fat always belonged to God and no one was ever allowed to eat it: “For whoever eats animal fat, of which an offering by fire is offered to Jehovah, the person who eats it will be cut off from among his people.” (7:25).
In all sacrifices, the portion that belonged to the Lord was presented first. We should never give the Lord what is left after we have fulfilled all our wishes. We must give the Lord His tithe of all our earnings. Furthermore, a right relationship with God always results in love and peace in communion with other believers. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5: 1). The “peace sacrifice” expresses a peaceful relationship with God as well as with other people. It was a time of sharing, and of friendship, a perfect illustration that foreshadowed the church, and is a reminder to lead us to «. . . no (leave)to gather together, as some have the custom, but by exhorting us; and all the more, when you see that that day draws near “ (Hebrews 10:25).
Thought for today:Pride and zeal are deadly to health; for happiness, for fellowship with others, and for obtaining peace with God.
Optional reading: Mark 6
Memory Verse of the Week: John 3:18