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Bible Commentaries

Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Leviticus 3

Verses 1-17

3. The Peace Offering


1. The ox (Leviticus 3:1-5 )

2. The sheep or goat (Leviticus 3:6-17 )

This is the third “sweet savour offering,” and is closely linked with the burnt offering, but it differs from it, especially, in that part of it was to be eaten. The peace offering also had the character of a thank offering (Leviticus 7:11-13 ). As it was offered on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, it cannot therefore be separated from Christ offering Himself as the burnt offering. Leviticus 7:11-34 contains the law of the peace offering and tells of the eating of the peace offering, which is not mentioned in the third chapter. It typifies the gracious results accomplished for the sinner by the death of Christ. The blood is sprinkled upon the altar, which is for propitiation. Fellowship therefore results with praise and thanksgiving. As we shall learn more fully from the seventh chapter about the feeding upon the breast and the shoulder of the peace offering, we pass all this by. However, we call attention to the prominence given to the fat of the sacrifice. It is the type of the inward energy of Christ, expressed in doing the Father’s will, even unto death; and this is called “the food of Jehovah.” He delights in this. The happy scene of how the priests, the offerer and his friends partook of that of which God partakes Himself, we shall see later.

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Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Leviticus 3". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". 1913-1922.