[Column] Offer unto God Peace Offering

Offer unto God Peace Offering

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

There is peace offering as well as burnt offering, sin offering, and guilt offering in the worship of God. Burnt offering is burned entirely or in part and its remainder is kept by the priest. Sin and guilt offerings are solely for the priest. However peace is different from other forms of sacrifice in that the person who offers it can eat part of it. Except for the priest’s portions of hind legs and breast, the offerer of the sacrifice shares it with neighbor and eats together.

There is a unique rule concerning peace offering. It is that the meat from the offering must be consumed on the same day before the sunset (Leviticus 7:15). Peace offering as a sign of a vow must be eaten by the sunset next day. If not, it must be burned by the third day. Why did God implement time constraints while allowing its consumption by the offerer? Why did God provide the ground for the nullification of the offering?

On average a cow weighs between 300 and 400 lbs and produces almost 200 lbs of flesh meat excluding bones and intestines. The person who offered peace offering must eat of the remainder of the offering on the same day. It must be consumed as quickly as possible. How should you go about that? You could never finish it by yourself. Neither can your family. Neither can your close friends. This is the time to have a feast with your neighbor whom you have neglected. As the term implies, peace offering is the sacrifice offered to promote peace with neighbor. The offering serves as a reminder that sacrifice unto God should manifest as love for neighbor and sharing with them.

Jesus also spoke of peace offering: “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Matthew 5:23-24). True worship is to be offered unto God with truth and spirit but its meaning must be expressed in the relationship with neighbor. The worship acceptable unto God is love of and peace with neighbor. Is there anyone whom you hate in your heart? Do you have strained relationships with people? Pray for them. Bless them. Reach out to them first and give love. Share with you neighbor the grace you received from worship. It will truly be a peace offering God delights in.

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