Leviticus 3* The peace-offering of the herd. (1-5) The peace-offering ofthe flock. (6-17)1-5 The peace-offerings had regard to God as the giver of allgood things. These were divided between the altar, the priest,and the owner. They were called peace-offering, because in themGod and his people did, as it were, feast together, in token offriendship. The peace-offerings were offered by way ofsupplication. If a man were in pursuit of any mercy, he wouldadd a peace-offering to his prayer for it. Christ is our Peace,our Peace-offering; for through him alone it is that we canobtain an answer of peace to our prayers. Or, the peace-offeringwas offered by way of thanksgiving for some mercy received. Wemust offer to God the sacrifice of praise continually, by Christour Peace; and then this shall please the Lord better than an oxor bullock. 6-17 Here is a law that they should eat neither fat nor blood.As for the fat, it means the fat of the inwards, the suet. Theblood was forbidden for the same reason; because it was God'spart of every sacrifice. God would not permit the blood thatmade atonement to be used as a common thing, #Heb 10:29|; norwill he allow us, though we have the comfort of the atonementmade, to claim for ourselves any share in the honour of makingit. This taught the Jews to observe distinction between commonand sacred things; it kept them separate from idolaters. Itwould impress them more deeply with the belief of some importantmystery in the shedding of the blood and the burning the fat oftheir solemn sacrifices. Christ, as the Prince of peace, "madepeace with the blood of his cross." Through him the believer isreconciled to God; and having the peace of God in his heart, heis disposed to follow peace with all men. May the Lord multiplygrace, mercy, and peace, to all who desire to bear the Christiancharacter.
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