The Thanksgiving Sacrifice, Nov 30, 2008

Leviticus 7:11-15
– first mention of thanksgiving in the Bible
– peace offering and thanksgiving
7 pictures or lessons from reading this passage in Leviticus

1. Teaches us about peace
  – picture of the peace we have with God
  – outward peace but also inward peace (Phil.4:6-7)
  – can’t have peace without being thankful (Col. 3:15)

2. It’s a multiple offering (v.12)
  – Give thanks always in everything to God (Eph. 5:20)

3. God takes our sin away
  – in the Bible, leven or yeast represents sin

4. The offering was heaved up to God, hands extended out to Him
  – we present our sinful selves before God in surrender
  – our words of thanksgiving go directly to God’s ears

5. The sacrifice of thanksgiving is sprinkled with the blood of the offering (v.14)
  – 2 Cor. 9:15

6. The peace sacrifice is the only one to be eaten together
  – Ps. 35:18
  – thanksgiving is to be shared with others, it brings people together

7. The sacrifice had to be eaten the same day it was offered
  – each day needs its own thanksgiving offering