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A Fat Offering

Leviticus 3:6-11 :

“‘If his offering for a sacrifice of peace offerings to Yahweh is from the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without defect. If he offers a lamb for his offering, then he shall offer it before Yahweh; and he shall lay his hand on the head of his offering, and kill it before the Tent of Meeting: and Aaron’s sons shall sprinkle its blood around on the altar. He shall offer from the sacrifice of peace offerings an offering made by fire to Yahweh; its fat, the entire tail fat, he shall take away close to the backbone; and the fat that covers the inwards, and all the fat that is on the inwards, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the loins, and the cover on the liver, with the kidneys, he shall take away. The priest shall burn it on the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire to Yahweh.

In my culture, fat is an enemy. That probably sounds strange to some people reading this right now. Many people in our world would love to have a little fat to help them survive starvation. An excessive culture can easily miss the point that God makes regarding fat on this peace offering.

In the Bible, fat is a good thing, not a bad one. It is a sign of blessing and goodness. In a selfish culture, it can become a curse. Lust and gluttony are still sins today that come with their own bad consequences, but many people in our world don't come close to committing gluttony because they don't have enough food. I believe that the Bible is talking to common people here, not just the rich.

The Bible uses fat as an example of something good in many places. (See: Genesis 4:4, Genesis 45:18, Psalms 92:14, Proverbs 13:4, Proverbs 28:25) I don't believe God is suggesting a diet plan here. I do believe this is a sign of honor for God to those who lived in Israel at that time.

As Christians, we can see that we are to bring the very best to God when we offer something to Him. This should be a thing we already desire because of what God has done for us. If we don't desire this yet, we should come to God and submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit so that He can change our desires. When the Holy Spirit is influencing us, we will want to give God the very best of what we have.

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