Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 8, 2023

“all fat is the LORD’S” – “Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions.” – “I will give you the best … you will eat the fat of the land.”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus chapter 3.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“‘Now if his offering is a sacrifice of peace offerings, if he is going to offer out of the herd, whether male or female, he shall offer it without defect before the LORD.  He shall lay his hand on the head of his offering and slay it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood around on the altar.  From the sacrifice of the peace offerings he shall present an offering by fire to the LORD, the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails, and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them, which is on the loins, and the lobe of the liver, which he shall remove with the kidneys.  Then Aaron’s sons shall offer it up in smoke on the altar on the burnt offering, which is on the wood that is on the fire;  it is an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD.  …

…  The priest shall offer them up in smoke on the altar as food, an offering by fire for a soothing aroma;  all fat is the LORD’S.  It is a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings:  you shall not eat any fat or any blood.’”  Leviticus 3:1-5 and 16-17.  


What is the significance of all the fat that was in the peace offerings?

Fat represents the best.  The best should be given to the LORD.  

“Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions.  And the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering;”  Genesis 4:4.

“Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this:  load your beasts and go to the land of Canaan, and take your father and your households and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you will eat the fat of the land.’  Now you are ordered, ‘Do this:  take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come.  Do not concern yourselves with your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”  Genesis 45:17-20.

And, there is hope for those chosen of God!

“and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “On the day when I chose Israel and swore to the descendants of the house of Jacob and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt, when I swore to them, saying, I am the LORD your God, on that day I swore to them, to bring them out from the land of Egypt into a land that I had selected for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands.”  Ezekiel 20:5-6.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:28-31.

“So then let no one boast in men.  For all things belong to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come;  all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ;  and Christ belongs to God.”  1 Corinthians 3:21-23.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”  Luke 12:32.


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