Peace Offering

Family Saying Grace at Thanksgiving Dinner — Image by © Larry Williams/CORBIS

Then he shall offer from the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire to the Lord. (Leviticus 3:3)

One of the Old Testament sacrifices was known as the “peace offering” or “fellowship offering”.  The Hebrew name is related to shalom, the word for “peace”.  It would seem to indicate that this sacrifice was declaring that you are at “peace” with God.  It was a way of expressing “thanks” to God.

The sacrifice involved an unblemished animal, because you don’t give God your second-hand castoffs. Unlike some sacrifices, this one was accompanied by a meal.  God got a serving, the priest got a serving, and the rest was eaten by your family.  It was like the best Thanksgiving Dinner but with a spot for God at your table.  Somebody pass the potatoes! That’s “fellowship” in the best of terms.

The New Testament brought a change in the sacrifices when Jesus died once for all, as the ultimate sacrifice.  But there is still something we can give. “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15)

Have you found peace with God through Jesus Christ?  Then consider spending time with God.  Invite your family and friends and together give God thanks.  Give Him the best of thanks.