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Leviticus 19:5-8

The Peace We Enjoy

5 And if ye offer a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, ye shall offer it at your own will. 6 It shall be eaten the same day ye offer it, and on the morrow: and if ought remain until the third day, it shall be burnt in the fire. 7 And if it be eaten at all on the third day, it is abominable; it shall not be accepted. 8 Therefore every one that eateth it shall bear his iniquity, because he hath profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD: and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

The law of God is a dangerous thing. "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith." (Galatians 3:10-11)

This principle is displayed very clearly in this passage, which applies primarily to the vow or voluntary peace offerings, which were to be eaten on the first two days. The emphasis here must be placed on the idea of a willingness. Worship should not be a mechanical or mandated function of the believer. Worship should be done voluntarily and joyfully, for the Lord loves a cheerful giver.

However, this does not give the worshiper the option to worship any way he or she pleases. The seventh verse tells us that, if anyone eats the meat of their peace offering on the third day, they commit a grievous sin against the Lord. They will have to bear the penalty of their sins and will be excommunicated from the congregation.

Once a sacrifice is made to the Lord according to the law, it becomes a very sacred and holy thing. Every detail of God's law must be observed with absolute perfection. That is why man has always failed in his attempts to live by it and why he remains under the curse of the law.

"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." (James 2:10)

But, why is this law repeated here with the first four commandments? Rev. S.H. Kellog, D.D. in his commentary for the Expositor's Bible suggests that the reason lies with man's worldly greed. He was very likely to break the Sabbath commandment, because his greed would drive him to work on that day in an attempt to gain more wealth.

Likewise, if he had food left over from the peace offering on the third day, he would be tempted to economize and eat it, instead of burning it. This same sort of greed was demonstrated when God blessed Israel with the manna from heaven as they traveled through the wilderness. They were only allowed to gather as much as they could eat each day, but many tried to save some for the following day. However, God caused the manna to melt during the night.

The depraved nature of man has prevented us from obeying God's ordinances, and has demonstrated our need for a Savior. Therefore, Paul wrote, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:" (Galatians 3:13)

This does not, however, give us the liberty to sin; it only removes the curse that is incurred when we stumble. Therefore, let us always remember the peace with God that has been made for us by the blood of his Son Jesus Christ.

Before The Throne:

Give thanks for the peace that you have with God. Confess your sins and then offer up the sacrifice of praise.

"I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety." (Psalms 4:8)

For Further Study:

(v.5) ** a sacrifice: Lev 3:1-17; 7:16; 22:21; Exo 24:5; 2Ch 31:2; Eze 45:15-17; Eze 46:2, 12; Eph 2:13-14; ** ye shall: Lev 1:3; 22:19, 23, 22:29;

(v.6) ** Lev 7:11-17;

(v.7) ** abominable: Isa 1:13; 65:4; 66:3; Jer 16:18; ** it shall: Lev 7:18-21; 22:23, 25;


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