Peace Offerings

“If his offering is a goat, then he shall offer it before the Lord 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. 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 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. And the priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering with a pleasing aroma. All fat is the Lord‘s. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, in all your dwelling places, that you eat neither fat nor blood.” Leviticus 3:12-17

Some of the explanations for these offerings come later, but let it suffice to say that they are not peace offerings in the way we mean them today. They are not a method of apology. They were often an expression of thanks, or made after fulfillment of a vow. There were other offerings for sin.

Today, sin is no longer in the offering equation. Jesus has taken our sin away. But our thanks is always appropriate. It’s that last part at the end, about eating fat, that I will deal with. Is or was all fat off limits, and why?

We will find that many of the dietary restrictions of the old testament are against things that are today regarded as less good for our bodies. And the fat in Leviticus 3:17 is from a Hebrew word that refers to a specific kind of fat that surrounds the liver and entrails. This fat holds a lot of toxins and is not good for us to consume. It is the fat included in what was to be burned with the entrails. For an interesting article on the subject, click here.

That said, is this relevant to us today? In Mark 7:19 Jesus said all foods were now “clean,” and in Romans Paul says it’s a matter of conscience and that we should not cause people to violate it. If you feel that it’s unclean, don’t eat it.

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