June 9, 2019

THE LAW OF PEACE OFFERING

This is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings which he shall offer to the Lord:  If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer, with the sacrifice of thanksgiving, unleavened cakes mixed with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil, or cakes of blended flour mixed with oil. Besides the cakes, as his offering he shall offer leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offering.  And from it he shall offer one cake from each offering as a heave offering to the Lord. It shall belong to the priest who sprinkles the blood of the peace offering. ‘The flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offering for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day it is offered. He shall not leave any of it until morning.  But if the sacrifice of his offering is a vow or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offers his sacrifice; but on the next day the remainder of it also may be eaten;  the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day must be burned with fire.  And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offering is eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, nor shall it be imputed to him; it shall be an abomination to him who offers it, and the person who eats of it shall bear guilt. ‘The flesh that touches any unclean thing shall not be eaten. It shall be burned with fire. And as for the clean flesh, all who are clean may eat of it.  But the person who eats the flesh of the sacrifice of the peace offering that belongs to the Lord, while he is unclean, that person shall be cut off from his people.  Moreover the person who touches any unclean thing, such as human uncleanness, an unclean animal, or any abominable unclean thing, and who eats the flesh of the sacrifice of the peace offering that belongs to the Lord, that person shall be cut off from his people.’ ” (Leviticus 7:11-21)

What can we learn from the scripture above? We are told that it is good to offer sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the Lord but the way we go about it can either be accepted or denied. Many times we offer thanksgiving to God and we make it in such a way that we displease God in the process. The above law stipulates the eating of the sacrifice the same day with “no left over” , which makes it mandatory that we follow the rules that God commands, no excess. In the time of the children of Israel, they were aware of the number of priests that will be eating their sacrifice, because whatever they brought to God was for the priests. Therefore they would have to prepare just enough so that there shall not be any left over. For vow or voluntary offering, they were allowed to keep it for the second day but by the third day, whatever was left must be burned by fire. What comes to me as an explanation is that God does not want food to be wasted. If we remember when He fed thousands of men, women and children with the food from the young lad with five loaves of bread and two fish, he asked them to gather the leftover which they will distribute to those that have nothing to eat.” Also it is part of making them to obey Him. For example when they were in the wilderness He told them to gather manna daily and on Fridays gather for that day and the Sabbath day. What happened was that those who did not obey this instruction had their manna turned to worm whereas those ones gathered to take care of Fridays and Saturdays  did not go bad because that was what God commanded. So I believe all these rules of do’s and don’t”s are for our benefit and if we obey them, it will be easy for us to please Him.

We also need to realize that walking with God demands our total obedience. Imagine the extent to which many of us today that offer thanksgiving to God do it in a flamboyant way that will make some people sin against God because of the display of wares or excesses. I am yet to understand why giving of Thanks should become an all-night party affair, while the celebrant will have three or four attires to change to in the process. This is my own opinion, but I personally think it has changed from “Thanksgiving” to “Show-off”. I see it as “Come and see what I have in my wardrobe or what I am capable of buying.”  Let us remember that things must be done in moderation and some people are less privileged than we are, and if we have so much to display let us consider the poor and the needy that are suffering all over the world. I strongly believe such sacrifices of offering will be well accepted by God.  Why should we offer sacrifices of thanksgiving to God and the purpose is defeated,? The Lord will continue to teach us in His Way so that we don’t sin against Him. Be blessed!!!

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