Leviticus 3:16

Welcome to week 3 of Project 3:16 where we look at the 3:16 verses of every book that has at least 3 chapters. Today we are in Leviticus and it’s going to get gory and bloody.

Leviticus is a manual of regulations enabling the holy King to set up his earthly throne among the people of his kingdom“, (introduction to Leviticus.) It goes on to explain that the key theme is the “holiness of God and his people (They must revere him in holiness).“The NIV Study Bible (1985)

Chapter 3 deals with instructions on fellowship offerings. Today’s verse pertains to instructions on how to sacrifice a goat as a fellowship offering.

In order to understand the word “them” in verse 3:16, you need to read verses 14-15

From what he offers he is to make this offering to the Lord by fire: all the fat that covers the inner parts or is connected to them, both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the covering of the liver, which he will remove with the kidneys.

Leviticus 3:14-15 (NIV 1985 Edition)

Now here is verse 3:16:

16 The priest shall burn them on the altar as food, an offering made by fire, a pleasing aroma. All fat is the Lord’s.

Leviticus 3:16 (NIV 1985 Editiion)

The chapter ends with verse 17:

 “‘This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.’”

Leviticus 3:17 (NIV 1985 Edition)

The study notes on Chapter 3 state there are 2 ideas behind this type of offering – peace and fellowship. This may have symbolized the peace and fellowship between God and His people, and also the peace that surpasses all understanding that comes with being right with God.

My prayer is the 3:16 verses from any book of the Bible will intrigue you to dig deeper into God’s word.

Have a blessed joy-filled day.

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