Fat

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This portion of the sacrifices was to be burned on the altar. “All the fat is the Lord's. It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood” (Lev. 3:16-1716And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savor: all the fat is the Lord's. 17It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood. (Leviticus 3:16‑17)). Apparently, as to the fat, this refers to that "of ox, or of sheep, or of goat," the animals of sacrifice, and to the fat of any animal that died of itself, or was torn of beasts (Lev. 7:23-2423Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat. 24And the fat of the beast that dieth of itself, and the fat of that which is torn with beasts, may be used in any other use: but ye shall in no wise eat of it. (Leviticus 7:23‑24)). In Nehemiah 8:1010Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10) it was proclaimed, “eat the fat,” without any restriction; but here the Hebrew word is different, and refers more to “dainties.” In Isaiah 25:66And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. (Isaiah 25:6) is another Hebrew word, and is “fat or rich things.” The “fat” signifies the best part, the inward energy and will: (Compare Num. 18:2929Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the Lord, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it. (Numbers 18:29) margin; Psalm 73:44For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. (Psalm 73:4) margin). It is typical of the inward energy of the Lord Jesus in the offering of Himself to God.