Much like the burnt offering, an animal from one’s herd would be offered for sin but would receive back a portion to be taken home for a feast. The best part was offered to the Lord, but the remainder given to the one making the offering was a reminder that he now had peace with God. This was to serve as a picture of Christ whose sacrifice would provide peace with God once and for all.
1. Jesus was perfect and without blemish.
V1-3 “And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer it of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD;”
2. Jesus‘ sacrifice was acceptable under God.
V5 “And Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.”
3. Much like the Lord’s Supper, it was to commemorate His body which was torn and His blood which was shed that we may have peace with God.
V11, 16-17 “And the priest shall burn it upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire unto the LORD.
And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the LORD's. It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.”
LESSON - No one was allowed to eat any portion that retained blood from the offering because that was for God alone! Consider this. Every time we have a meal, we should take time to remember God’s ultimate provision offered for us that we might have peace with Him.