Week of January 21 - Day 4

Day 4  Read: Leviticus 19:5-8; 7:15-18

5 “When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted. 6 It shall be eaten the same day you offer it or on the day after, and anything left over until the third day shall be burned up with fire. 7 If it is eaten at all on the third day, it is tainted; it will not be accepted, 8 and everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned what is holy to the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from his people.

15 And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten on the day of his offering. He shall not leave any of it until the morning. 16 But if the sacrifice of his offering is a vow offering or a freewill offering, it shall be eaten on the day that he offers his sacrifice, and on the next day what remains of it shall be eaten. 17 But what remains of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burned up with fire. 18 If any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offering is eaten on the third day, he who offers it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be credited to him. It is tainted, and he who eats of it shall bear his iniquity.

Reflect: What specific instructions are to be followed concerning the peace offering? What is the time limit to accomplish the task? What was the punishment for violating this command?

Consider: After the prohibition of idolatry, the laws address the proper way of offering sacrifices, specifically the proper observance of the fellowship offering. It is not readily apparent why the fellowship offering is singled out here. Perhaps the reason lies in the fact that this is the offering where the individual Israelite (as seen in Lev 3 and 7:11–34) plays more of a major role in the sacrifice in that he, along with the priest, actually partakes of the offering. The offering could only be eaten when it was sacrificed or on the following day; the sacrifice was not to be eaten on the third day (19:6). Violation of this law resulted in a desecration of what is holy to the Lord, and the offender was subject to a premature death (19:8). These laws repeat the commands regarding the fellowship offering in 7:16–18. The fact that the proper method of presenting an offering is included in the discussion of holiness indicates that holiness touches every dimension of an individual’s life.[1]

Respond: How we worship God is important. What inhibits your worship? What keeps you from being a worshipper 24/7? How can you re-prioritize your life in such a way where you can worship God in a way that truly glorifies Him?

 

[1]  Mark F. Rooker, Leviticus, vol. 3A, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 255.