“He shall offer the sacrifice of the peace offering” [Leviticus 3:9].
Many Christians find Leviticus a difficult book to study. One of the reasons is that the intricate details of the offerings and other services are hard to decipher. It is good to note the similarities and then the differences. That approach will help you understand, for example, how the peace offering is different from the burnt offering.
The peace offering shows more the results of Christ’s sacrifice than the manner. It signifies the peace, prosperity, and joy that should characterize the believer’s life.
There are some today who are gloomy, dull, dark-spirited, and unsociable, and who seem to labour under the delusion that gloominess is a sign of piety. Nothing could be further from the truth. When the Jew brought his peace offering, it was with a heart moved by the mercy of God. Any remarkable favour from God was a fit opportunity to bring a peace offering.
Let us bring our peace offerings to God today and thank Him for the enjoyments of life that are common to all. God is seen in the entire world around us. Thank Him for beauty, domestic happiness, friendships, and for a multitude of His tender mercies.
Let us thank the Lord for the enjoyments of eternal life. These are meats sacred to the Christian. We know God not only as Creator but also as Redeemer. The turbulence of a sinful life is replaced by the peace of God. We can sing, “It is well with my soul.”
Thank Him also for the guidance of His Word. The riddles of life are explained. The Christian sees himself tracing the steps of Moses and Paul and a host of God’s chosen servants. He does not need to muddle his way through life. God has said, “This is the way, walk ye in it” [Isaiah 30:21]. What a joy to know the peace of God and the God of peace. [Philippians 4,7,9]