Wednesday, 12 May 2021
This shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings. -Leviticus 3:17
The book of Leviticus is a continuation of what is described in the book of Exodus that focuses on the tabernacle. Exodus describes the building and the components of the tabernacle and Leviticus describes the service of the tabernacle. There are several offerings brought to the Tabernacle, of which, Peace Offering (Fellowship Offering) was made in order to have fellowship with God and to express thanksgiving. This offering points to the peace that believers have with God and other believers and then to the final communion when we will all sit with God in His kingdom.
Let’s look into the characteristics of Peace offering:
Its Foundation is the Burnt Sacrifice (Leviticus 3:5)
Peace offering symbolized the fruit of reconciliation between a sinner and God. For us who are saved, it is the communion with God Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, and with one another as priests of God (as a voluntary offering). This is achieved on the basis of the perfect work and the shed blood of Christ. Thanksgiving and praise naturally flow from the heart of a worshiper on the ground of the value of the work of Christ.
We see here that the peace offering is founded upon the burnt offering. “And Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire” (Lev 3:5). The burnt offering typifies Christ, who became sin for us offering Himself to God in death as a sweet aroma, bringing glory to God. It is the foundation for everything — for all our peace, all our communion, all our worship and all our praise.
Any worship to God not connected with the value of the work of His Son is an abomination to the Lord. In other words, people who have never been washed in the precious blood of Christ are not accepted as worshippers before God.