Leviticus 3 Outline
– The rite for making a peace offering from the herd (Leviticus 3:1-5)
– The rite for making a peace offering from the flock (Leviticus 3:6-11)
– The rite for making a peace offering with a goat (Leviticus 3:12-16)
– The Israelites are not to eat any fat or blood in the peace offering (Leviticus 3:17)
Leviticus 3 Summary
In Leviticus 3, God gave instructions concerning the peace offering. The peace offering can be an male or female animal from the herd, flock or goat. The animal used for peace offering must be without defect. The person must lay his hand on the animal and slaughter it. The priest will sprinkle the blood against the altar on all sides. The fat of the animal including fat tail, fat that cover the inner parts, kidneys with fat on them and the covering of the liver must be removed and burnt on the altar as an offering made to God by fire. This is a lasting ordinance. The Israelites are not to eat any fat or blood. The peace offering is divided between the priests and the person that offer it, unlike the burnt offering, which is burnt as a whole to God on the altar.
Leviticus 3 Bible Study
1. Giving thanks to God
The peace offering is an offering made to ask God for peace and his blessings. It was offered to thank God’s provision. God is the creator of all things. He creates all things for our enjoyment. Everything we have including possessions, money, family are all from God so we should thank him. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we should thank God in all circumstances because this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. In Ephesians 5:20, we should always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Don’t eat blood
The Israelites are forbidden from eating blood. We cannot eat blood. In Deuteronomy 12:23, we should not eat blood because the blood is the life and we cannot eat life with the flesh. In Acts 15:20, the apostles wrote to the Gentile believers to tell them to abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.