1553.) Leviticus 3

Tabernacle barbecue!  A peace offering, or fellowship offering, is like the burnt offering except that only portions of the sacrifcied animals were burned up completely.  The remainder of the meat was eaten by the worshiper, his family and friends, and the priests.

Tabernacle barbecue! A peace offering (ESV), or fellowship offering (NIV), or offering of well-being, is like the burnt offering except that only portions of the sacrificed animals were burned up completely. The remainder of the meat was eaten by the worshipers, their family and friends, and the priests.

Leviticus 3   (NRSV)

Offerings of Well-Being

If the offering is a sacrifice of well-being, if you offer an animal of the herd, whether male or female, you shall offer one without blemish before the Lord. 2You shall lay your hand on the head of the offering and slaughter it at the entrance of the tent of meeting; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall dash the blood against all sides of the altar. 3You shall offer from the sacrifice of well-being, as an offering by fire to the Lord, the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is around the entrails; 4the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which he shall remove with the kidneys. 5Then Aaron’s sons shall turn these into smoke on the altar, with the burnt offering that is on the wood on the fire, as an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

Grilled beef sirloin,

Grilled beef sirloin, “of pleasing odor to the Lord”

6If your offering for a sacrifice of well-being to the Lord is from the flock, male or female, you shall offer one without blemish. 7If you present a sheep as your offering, you shall bring it before the Lord 8and lay your hand on the head of the offering. It shall be slaughtered before the tent of meeting, and Aaron’s sons shall dash its blood against all sides of the altar. 9You shall present its fat from the sacrifice of well-being, as an offering by fire to the Lord: the whole broad tail, which shall be removed close to the backbone, the fat that covers the entrails, and all the fat that is around the entrails; 10the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which you shall remove with the kidneys. 11Then the priest shall turn these into smoke on the altar as a food offering by fire to the Lord.

Grilled lamb chops

Grilled lamb chops

12If your offering is a goat, you shall bring it before the Lord 13and lay your hand on its head; it shall be slaughtered before the tent of meeting; and the sons of Aaron shall dash its blood against all sides of the altar. 14You shall present as your offering from it, as an offering by fire to the Lord, the fat that covers the entrails, and all the fat that is around the entrails; 15the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which you shall remove with the kidneys. 16Then the priest shall turn these into smoke on the altar as a food offering by fire for a pleasing odor. All fat is the Lord’s.

Grilled goat kebabs

Grilled goat kebabs

17It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations, in all your settlements: you must not eat any fat or any blood.

After building the Temple in Jerusalem, King Solomon threw a national cookout!

1 Kings 8:62-63 (New Living Translation)

Then the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices to the Lord. Solomon offered to the Lord a peace offering of 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats. And so the king and all the people of Israel dedicated the Temple of the Lord.

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3. celebrate

from Leviticus,
by Samuel E. Ballentine

So far in Leviticus, we have read the instructions for voluntary gifts — burnt offerings, grain offerings, and well-being offerings. These are gifts from a joyful heart. The Psalmist asks, “What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?” (Psalm 116:12). The answer in Leviticus: You may bring a gift from the herd, because this is pleasing to God; you may bring a gift from the flock, because this is pleasing to God; you may bring a gift of grain, because this, too, is pleasing to God. A glad response to God finds expression in tangible acts of celebration.

What “tangible acts of celebration” do you offer to the Lord as a glad response to his bounty to you?

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Music:

Speaking of joy and the Lord, here is my favorite Bach chorale prelude for organ! I learned to play this many years ago in college, and I have played it for many celebratory worship services and weddings; I would love to have it played at my funeral!  HERE  is “In Thee Is Gladness” (“In Dir Ist Freude”) — played by Sean Jackson.

In Thee is gladness
Amid the sadness,
Jesus, sunshine of my heart.
By Thee are given
The gifts of heaven,
Thou the true redeemer art.
Our souls Thou wakest;
Our bonds Thou breakest;
Who trusts Thee surely
Has built securely
And stands forever:
Alleluia!
Our hearts are pining
To see Thee shining,
Dying or living,
To Thee are cleaving;
Naught us can sever:
Alleluia!

If He is ours
We fear no powers,
Not of earth or sin or death.
He sees and blesses
In worst distresses;
He can change them with a breath.
Wherefore the story
Tell of His glory
With heart and voices;
All heaven rejoices
In Him forever:
Alleluia!
We shout for gladness,
Triumph o’er sadness,
Love Him and praise Him
And still shall raise Him
Glad hymns forever:
Alleluia!

–Johann Lindemann, 1549-1631 or so.

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The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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grilled beef.   http://images.teamsugar.com/files/users/1/15259/34_2007/beefbbqfarmersmarket.JPG
grilled lamb.  http://blog.sigsiv.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/grilled-lamb-chops-and-harissa-009.jpg
grilled goat.   http://www.blue-kitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/goat-kebabs.jpg
celebrate.  http://homepage.eircom.net/~twoms/celebrate.gif
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