Leviticus
Chapter 3

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1 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer it of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD.

2 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.

3 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

4 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

5 And Aaron's sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

6 And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.

7 If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the LORD.

8 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons shall sprinkle the blood thereof round about upon the altar.

9 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

10 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

11 And the priest shall burn it upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire unto the LORD.

12 And if his offering be a goat, then he shall offer it before the LORD.

13 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of it, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and the sons of Aaron shall sprinkle the blood thereof upon the altar round about.

14 And he shall offer thereof his offering, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

15 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

16 And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the LORD'S.

17 It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.

Commentary for Leviticus 3

The peace-offering of the herd. (1-5) The peace-offering of the flock. (6-17)1-5 The peace-offerings had regard to God as the giver of all good things. These were divided between the altar, the priest, and the owner. They were called peace-offering, because in them God and his people did, as it were, feast together, in token of friendship. The peace-offerings were offered by way of supplication. If a man were in pursuit of any mercy, he would add a peace-offering to his prayer for it. Christ is our Peace, our Peace-offering; for through him alone it is that we can obtain an answer of peace to our prayers. Or, the peace-offering was offered by way of thanksgiving for some mercy received. We must offer to God the sacrifice of praise continually, by Christ our Peace; and then this shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock.

6-17 Here is a law that they should eat neither fat nor blood. As for the fat, it means the fat of the inwards, the suet. The blood was forbidden for the same reason; because it was God's part of every sacrifice. God would not permit the blood that made atonement to be used as a common thing, #Heb 10:29|; nor will he allow us, though we have the comfort of the atonement made, to claim for ourselves any share in the honour of making it. This taught the Jews to observe distinction between common and sacred things; it kept them separate from idolaters. It would impress them more deeply with the belief of some important mystery in the shedding of the blood and the burning the fat of their solemn sacrifices. Christ, as the Prince of peace, "made peace with the blood of his cross." Through him the believer is reconciled to God; and having the peace of God in his heart, he is disposed to follow peace with all men. May the Lord multiply grace, mercy, and peace, to all who desire to bear the Christian character.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Leviticus 3

  • BSP
    Verse 17: The command not to eat blood has always been in effect by Jehovah God.
  • Ronald
    Did anyone notice that the burnt offering for atonement had to be a male without blemish and the peace offering could be either a male or female without blemish?
  • GeraldineCole
    Praise Jesus the One who was sent to die in our Place. We do not need to allow our children to die and Jesus is only anger with The wicked every day why because their thought are not about him nor do they want him .they are the childern of Satan . Another thing we are not to eat fat meat or bloody meat. Serving Jesus is the answer .read the bible don't follow Man follow Jesus .and pray
  • Miguel Cotrich
    IT IS GODS WILL THAT WE SHOULD OBEY. I MIGUEL.A.COTRICH OBEY GODS WILL WHEN HE GAVE ME SOME THING TO TESTIFIED A TESTIMONY THAT HE GAVE ME TO TESTIFIED OF HOW THIS GOVERNMENT WAS GOING TO BE CORRUPTED I NEVER REJECTED JESUS CHRIST SIGN, AND I PAYED THE PRICE BY BECOMING TOTALLY, AND PERMANETLY DISABLED. I DO NOT REGRET ANY THING THAT I DID FOR JESUS CHRIST.IT SHOULD SIMPLY TELL US THAT GODS IS JUST NOT INTERESTED IN OUR SERVICES, AND OFFERINGS BUT RATHER INTERESTED IN THE QUALITY OF SERVICE, AND OFFERING WE GIVE HIM. IF WE WANT GOD TO HONOUR, AND ACCEPT OUR LIVES, SERVICE, AND OFFERING,THEN THEY MUST BE WITH OUT BLEMIST OR SPOT OF BLAME,THEY MUST BE FREE OF SIN, AND FREE OF SINFUL MOTIVES OR DISPOSITION BUT HOLY, AND WHOLLY OFFERED YIELDED UNTO THE LORD. THIS WHAT GOD DEMANDS FROM US ROMANS 12: VRS 1-2. EVERY OFFERING OR EVERY THING THAT IS FOR THE LORD IS THE MOST ABOVE ALL. AND OUR HEART SHOULD BE CENTERED HIM AS WE PRAISE HIM ALSO IN TIME OF OUR GIVEN.I MIGUEL.A.COTRICH DID ALL OF THIS, AND MY HEART IS CENTER ON JESUS CHRIST MY PROOF IS I DID NOT REJECTED JESUS CHRIST FOR MY SON, AND HE IS MAD ABOUT THAT.
  • Joseph Appiah
    Once again, we see the repetitive demand of the LORD for an offering without blemish in verses 1 and 6 of this chapter. This was demanded in chapter 1 vrs 3 and is repeated twice in this chapter and other places in the Bible. It should simply tell us that God is not just interested in our services and offerings but rather interested in the quality of service and offering we give Him. If we want God to honour and accept our lives, services and offerings, then they must be without blemish or spot of blame, they must be free of sin and free of sinful motives or disposition but holy and wholly offered and yielded unto the LORD. This is what God demands and requested of us in Romans 12 vrs 1 and 2. I pray God helps us to honour and meet His demand for our lives in Jesus name, Amen. God richly bless you all.
  • Jona
    every offering or everything that is for the Lord is the most best above all.and our heart should be centered on Him as we praise Him also intime of our giving.
  • Margaret
    It us God s will We must obey

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Bible Trivia

Which two parts of an animal were the Israelites forbidden to eat in the book of Leviticus?
  • Hooves and teeth.
  • Blood and salt.
  • Blood and fat.
  • Ears and fur.