One of the offerings that God gave to Israel was not designed to make peace with God but to celebrate peace with God. The peace offering, sometimes called the fellowship offering, was the only sacrifice that the common people could partake of. As they came confessing sin and praising him, God fed his people with the offering that had been set apart to him. By doing so, God said to them, "Your sin has been atoned for, and we are at peace. You are my friends, and I will bless you." Powerful joy enveloped the worshipers. This is what prompted the psalmist to write, "Let them offering sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!"
The peace offering has much to teach us in our worship today. Join us this Lord's Day to be touched by this joy.
Come We that Love the Lord (#223)
How Sweet and Awful Is the Place (#238)
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (#69)
Old Testament: Leviticus 15:19-33; Psalm 54
New Testament: Luke 9:23-45
Worship, Wisdom, and Work Series: The Peace Offering and Our Worship - Leviticus 3; 7:11-38