Read Leviticus 7 -- 8
In Today 's Reading:
Regulations concerning offerings; consecration of Aaron and his sons for the priesthood, and the priests' offerings
The fellowship (peace) offering was the only offering shared by three parties. First: The priest is to burn the fat on the altar, but the breast belongs to Aaron and his sons. The right thigh you are to give to the priest as a contribution from your fellowship sacrifices (Leviticus 7:31-32) and all that was left was eaten by the offerer and his family. The sacrifice for the fellowship offering was to be an ox and a ram (9:3-4). But birds were not acceptable for a fellowship offering. The animal had to be unblemished, characteristic of the perfect, sinless Christ.
The fellowship offering could be brought for answered prayer, in connection with a vow, or as an act of thanksgiving. It was not required, but strict regulations had to be followed. To offer a fellowship offering, the offerer should lay his hand on the head of his offering and slaughter it at the entrance to the tent of meeting. Then Aaron's sons, the priests, will sprinkle the blood against the altar on all sides (3:2). The priest burned the fat on the altar. The fat was always God's portion and was never to be eaten by man: If anyone eats the fat of an animal from which an offering by fire may be presented to the LORD, the person who eats must be cut off from his people (7:25).
In all the offerings, the Lord's portion was presented first. We are never to give the Lord only whatever is left over after every other desire is met. He is to be given His tithe first from all income. Furthermore, a right relationship with God results in love and peace in fellowship with other believers. Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).
The fellowship offering expressed a peaceful relationship with God, as well as with others. It was a time of sharing, and friendship, a perfect illustration which foreshadowed the church, a reminder that we are not to stay away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but (encourage) each other, and all the more as you can see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:25).
By Moses as he consecrated the priests who were called for the work (Leviticus 8:23-24). Christ is the One who sets the believer apart for service. You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit (John 15:16).
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Optional Reading: Mark 6
Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 5:8