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). There is no mention of sin here, just of a general need for man to have a Saviour before she or he can come to God.
- 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.
Now you don’t have to be a biblical scholar to realise that fat represents excess.
So the simple message of Leviticus 3 is that if you want to be at peace when you are before God offer Him all your excess. He will take it and it will go up in smoke probably but that is not your concern. Just give it to Him anyway 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).