Fellowshipping with God

Scripture: Leviticus 3:1, ‘If someone’s offering is a fellowship offering, and he offers an animal from the herd, whether male or female, he is to present before the Lord an animal without defect.’

 

Observations: While the book of Leviticus gives specific details about the what and how, it doesn’t say much about the why? The fellowship offering is traditionally known as the ‘peace’ offering. It comes from the same word that means peace (Shalom), and it reflects the peace that people can experience with God because of the sacrifices which atone for their sin. The fellowship offering is usually at the end of the list of sacrifices because it completes the process of reconciliation between God and his people. The blood of the animal was sprinkled against the altar (v2), the fat was burned on the altar (v3-5), the priest received the breast and thigh (7:31-32), while the rest belonged to the person who presented the sacrifice. Fellowship offerings were made as an expression of thankfulness (7:12), as the result of a vow, or as a freewill offering (7:16).

 

Application: How do you express your fellowship with God and with his people? According to the Bible we have fellowship with Jesus (1 Cor 1:9) as well as with the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:14; Phil 2:1). We have the opportunity to do life with God, but so often we don’t invite him into our everyday lives. At the start of each day we need to invite God into our day. At the start of every meal we need to invite God to be a part of that meal. At the start of every activity we can invite God to be a part of that activity. But we also get to fellowship with God’s people (Act 2:42). Don’t just do life on your own do it with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I want to invite You into my life, so that I may have fellowship with You. Lord, Jesus made that possible and Your Holy Spirit is always with me, but Lord, so often I don’t invite You into my life. But this day I want to know the fellowship of Your Spirit. I invite You into my day and into everything that I will do. And Lord, may I also experience Your presence through Your people. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. 

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