Leviticus 3 : Fellowship Offerings

March 12, 2024 ·

Summary:
An animal without defect should be offered for the fellowship offerings, and it can be from the herd or the flock. The person who presents it should lay their hands on its head, and then it should be slaughtered at the entrance of the tent of meeting. The blood is to be splattered on the altar, and the fat and the internal organs of the animal are to be burned as an offering to God.

If the offering is a goat, the procedure is the same, but it includes offering more fat.

The people are not allowed to eat the fat or the blood.

Key verse:
17. It shall be a statute forever throughout yourgenerations, in all your dwelling places, that you eat neither fat nor blood.

My thoughts:
Though in the future the people are commanded not to eat blood, here they are also commanded not to eat fat. Either God is very health-conscious, or this ordinance specifically refers to sacrificed animals, where the fat and blood are considered to belong to God. I believe that fat, in moderation, of course, is generally permissible for the Jewish people to consume.

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