So far we have seen that:
- Leviticus 1 deals with the need for everyone to have a saviour – a sacrifice that is perfect – before we can come to God. From the New Testament we learn that that Sacrifice is Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for us (Hebrews 8 & 9).
- Leviticus 2 deals with our words in the presence of God. These can be words in song, worship, prayer, preaching or writing such as I am doing now. In order to please God with our words they should be refined (not coarse), anointed, directed to Him in prayer with no sin and not sensual – inappropriate.
In Leviticus 3 we are introduced to the peace offering and a new type: Fat.
3 Then he shall offer from the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire to the Lord. The fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails, 4 the two kidneys and the fat that is on them by the flanks, and the fatty lobe attached to the liver above the kidneys, he shall remove; (Leviticus 3:3-4)
Now you don’t have to be a biblical scholar to realise that fat represents excess.
Another part of the peace offering is the blood of the sacrifices poured out on the altar:
And he shall lay his hand on the head of his offering, and kill it before the tabernacle of meeting; and Aaron’s sons shall sprinkle its blood all around on the altar. (Leviticus 3:8)
Blood represents life – see Leviticus 17:11.
So the simple message of Leviticus 3 is that if you want to be at peace when you are before God offer Him your life and all your excess. Just give it all to Him and you will have peace. “All excess is the Lord’s” according to v. 16.
Bill Hybels has written a book called “Simplify” and others have recognised the stress we allow to accumulate with our excess. Excess weight is an obvious one, but excess possessions including excess money also cause stress for a Christian. Give your excess to the Lord, He will know what to do with it.
In the end it is all going to go up in smoke anyway (2 Peter 3:7).