The Fellowship Offering Symbolized the Peace of God

 Leviticus 3:1-3 Now if his offering is a sacrifice of peace offerings, if he is going to offer out of the herd, whether male or female, he shall offer it without defect before the Lord. He shall lay his hand on the head of his offering and slay it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood around on the altar. Then Aaron’s sons shall offer it up in smoke on the altar on the burnt offering, which is on the wood that is on the fire; it is an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the Lord.

 The worshipper and his family ate part of this sacrifice and part was shared by priests. B&C   It could accompany the whole burnt offering. D  God’s plan is outlined in Leviticus 3:1-5:

v.1 In contrast to the other offerings involving animal sacrifice either a male or female animal from the worshiper’s herd could be offered.

v.1 The animal had to be without blemish .

v.2 The worshiper was to lay his hand on the head of the animal .

v.2 The animal had to be slaughtered at the entrance of the tabernacle .

v.2 The priests were to splatter the blood on all sides of the altar .The procedures described in verse 2 are essentially the same as that prescribed for the burnt offering in 1:3-5.

vv.3-5 The fat surrounding the entrails was removed and burned on the altar along with the burnt offering which was a symbol of peace with God.

The connection of the fellowship offering with the burnt offering reveals that the atonement for sin symbolized by the burnt offering was essential before worshipers could enjoy peace with God. The fellowship offering symbolized that there was now the peace of God for the worshipper.

Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is the basis by which sinners can have peace with God.  1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.”  A

v.1a Similar wording to Abraham’s faith. F v.1b justification gives peace with God which provides the opportunity in v.2 for the  peace of God during sanctification and glorification. Also see for peace of God. ” Be anxious for nothing,…And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension” E

Do I have the peace of God because I have peace with God?                                  

Notes: A- Romans 5:1-2 ;  B- Leviticus 7:29-35 ; C- Deuteronomy 12:12,18 ; D- Leviticus 1:3-9 ; E-  Philippians 4:6-7 F- Genesis 15:6

Henry Luke 11/9/2017

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