Chapter 1 was burnt offerings. Chapter 2 was grain offerings. Chapter 3 is the slightly less self-explanatory “Fellowship Offering.” As best as I can tell, one would make this offering because they wanted to have a BBQ and invite all their friends over. That officially makes the fellowship offering my favorite offering of all the offerings. Offering. Offering. Offering.
Sorry, I got carried away.
Leviticus 3 is split up into three parts: Cows, sheep, and goats. Each one is an acceptable animal to use for the offering and there is a basic set of instructions that can be applied to all of them. I even made a chart to see if there were any significant differences.
So what do I do with this? Three descriptions of essentially the same thing does not make for particularly exciting reading. I feel like I am reading an instruction booklet for something I will never do.
Well, when everything is the same, you have to look for the parts that are different. They tend to stick out like Mark Driscoll in the feminine hygiene aisle. And this chapter had a great one.
“All Fat Is The Lord’s”
Love it! That came out of nowhere! What does it mean?
I mean, I know it means that you put the fat on the altar and burn it, but what does it mean?
Why don’t we take a few guesses?
Option #1) People like to say that “all truth is God’s truth.” But can the same thing apply to fat? “All fat is God’s fat.” So any time you see fat, just know that it belongs to God.
Option #2) God is saving his people from obesity by taking their fat upon himself and imputing to them his righteous slimness.
Option #3) God just has a thing for the fatty parts. Let’s face it, low-fat sacrifice just doesn’t taste as good. Oh, you know it’s true!
Option #4) That whole “Kingdom of Priests” thing was actually a mistranslation. The original Hebrew reads more like “Kingdom of liposuctionists.”
Option #5) God was planning on giving the Israelites a military advantage by combining soap and all the fat from the sacrifices into a crude explosive a la “Fight Club.”
That’s all I got.
Why do you think God gets all the fat?
I bet you never thought you would ever get asked that question.