Day 152 - Lev. 3

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The peace offering. The third and last of the voluntary offerings. It is a picture of the joy that Christ had in going to the cross for God's glory. John 17:44I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. (John 17:4). And the joy all believers can share with one another and with God of the perfect finished work of Christ on the cross. (The joy of the prodigal son is an example of the peace offering). The people didn't have to bring these. But they pleased God in doing so. All three are called "sweet-smelling savor" offerings. Sweet to God because they made Him think of His beloved Son Who would come to earth (over a thousand years later). The peace offering was different, in that only part of it was to be burnt on the altar. It could be called the "communion offering", because many people shared in the eating of it. God had His part ... the fat, a picture of the inward excellency of Christ verse 16. We'll learn more from chapter 7. We find three groups, verses 1-5; 6-11 and 12-17. Three different animals for sacrifice, representing different classes of believers today who rejoice in varying degrees of communion with other believers and with God, in the glorious results of Christ's death on the cross. Some believers rejoice greatly you can see it on their faces they are like the first group. Some believers understand it less. They are like the second group. And so less still in the third group. Many people think that Christ died only for our sins. Chapters 1, 2 and 3 have shown that God was honored and glorified and pleased with the death of His beloved son.