Leviticus 3

Leviticus 3 shifts the focus to the peace offering where God again instructs Moses on how it should be exercised.  As we have seen in the other offerings, the animal was to be “without blemish” and brought to the tabernacle to be sacrificed.  Aaron and his sons met people at the entrance of the tent of meeting and killed the animal, taking the blook and throwing it against the sides of the altar.  God is very specific that “he shall offer 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”.

This is pretty specific instruction but we see it multiple times in this chapter.  At the root of it is this statement.  “All fat is the Lord’s”.  That’s comforting for a guy who looks like me.  J  But God has specific direction for how Aaron and his sons were to handle the peace offering, with some of it being burnt and some being used as a food offering.  It would have been quite a job to wake up to each morning.

God is setting the precedent here for how He wants His people to act.  “It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, in all your dwelling places, that you eat neither fat nor blood”.  Very clear and very detailed – He tells us that we aren’t to eat fat or blood.  While it may seem strange to us that this is a focus – during that time idolaters used to drink blood as a form of their idolatry.  This commandment is about reverence for God and also putting the blood of Christ where it belongs in our focus.  We need to keep God and Jesus Christ where they belong – as the center of worship!

Where are you on the obedience scale?  Do you obey God swiftly and without hesitation?  Or do you ponder and consider what you will do?  I can tell you God is most pleased with the first response.  When God speaks and gives us direction – either already written in His Word or direction we receive through prayer or other believers speaking truth into our life – we need to take action immediately.  God loves an obedient follower.  That is how it should work.  God’s words are not mere suggestions.  When He speaks (or what He has already spoken) we need to take action.  Are you walking with Jesus that way?

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