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FRAMEWORKS: Leviticus 3: The Fellowship Offering

 

Context:

1:3-17

BURNT OFFERING

2:1-16

GRAIN OFFERING

3:1-16

FELLOWSHIP OFFERING

4:1- 5:13

SIN OFFERING

5:14 - 6:7

GUILT OFFERING

 

v.1-5 Fellowship offering from the Herd

v.6-11 Fellowship Offering from the Flock

v.12-17 Fellowship Offering that is a Goat

 

 

v.1-5 Fellowship offering from the Herd

 

v.1 The animal

v.1 “‘If your offering is a fellowship offering, and you offer an animal from the herd, whether male or female, you are to present before the Lord an animal without defect.

v.2 The slaughter

v.2 You are to lay your hand on the head of your offering and slaughter it at the entrance to the tent of meeting. Then Aaron's sons the priests shall splash the blood against the sides of the altar.

v.3,4 The parts used

v.3 From the fellowship offering you are to bring a food offering to the Lord: the internal organs and all the fat that is connected to them,

v.4 both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which you will remove with the kidneys.

v.5 Seen as offering food to God

v.5 Then Aaron's sons are to burn it on the altar on top of the burnt offering that is lying on the burning wood; it is a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord .

 

[Notes: The word ‘fellowship' is about togetherness, friendship, sharing. It is otherwise known as a peace offering or ‘well-being' offering. This animal offering can be male or female as long as it is ‘without defect'. The procedure is again one of identification, the hand placed on the animal as it is slaughtered and again the priest splashes some of its blood around the altar sides. But not all the animal is to be burnt, just the internal organs and their fat. Fat was considered a choice portion and was generally forbidden to be eaten. That may also be from health reasons. The food offered is to be imagery considered as a) food offered to God and b) a source of pleasure for God through the smell, both expressions of worship and seeking to please God.].

 

 

v.6-11 Fellowship Offering from the Flock

 

v.6 “‘If you offer an animal from the flock as a fellowship offering to the Lord, you are to offer a male or female without defect.

v.7 If you offer a lamb, you are to present it before the Lord ,

v.8 lay your hand on its head and slaughter it in front of the tent of meeting. Then Aaron's sons shall splash its blood against the sides of the altar.

v.9 From the fellowship offering you are to bring a food offering to the Lord: its fat, the entire fat tail cut off close to the backbone, the internal organs and all the fat that is connected to them,

v.10 both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which you will remove with the kidneys.

v.11 The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering presented to the Lord .

 

[Notes: If not a bull or a cow, a ewe or a ram from the flock, one without defect; don't go giving God your second rate but the best. Give it to God, identify with it as you slaughter it and recognise its life opens the door to God as you signify its life being given by the blood being splashed on the alter, imagine you are giving it to God for food, as part of a meal if you like, to bless Him, the best parts, and burn them up on the altar.]

 

 

v.12-17 Fellowship Offering that is a Goat

 

v.12 “‘If your offering is a goat, you are to present it before the Lord,

v.13 lay your hand on its head and slaughter it in front of the tent of meeting. Then Aaron's sons shall splash its blood against the sides of the altar.

v.14 From what you offer you are to present this food offering to the Lord : the internal organs and all the fat that is connected to them,

v.15 both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which you will remove with the kidneys.

v.16 The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering, a pleasing aroma. All the fat is the Lord 's.

v.17 “‘This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.'”

 

[Notes: If not a cow or a sheep, it can be a goat, and do the same as the others. Fellowship Offerings appear to involve only meat.

In addition we should note that the practicalities for the priests, how to go about their part in this offering, are laid out in 7:11-21]

     

    

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