An Invitation to Eat

We are on an eating journey through the Bible. The culmination is eating the twelve fruits of the tree of life in New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:1-2). Now we come to Leviticus.

Christ the realityLeviticus 1–7 presents the five basic offerings. Christ is the reality of all five.
• Christ is the burnt offering: He is the one who lived wholly for God (Philippians 2:5-8).
• Christ is the meal offering: He is the one who has the fine humanity mingled with divinity (Matthew 3:16-17).
• Christ is the peace offering: He is our peace with God (Romans 5:1) and with man (Ephesians 2:14-15).
• Christ is the sin offering: He was made sin for us so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
• Christ is the trespass offering: in Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7).

Revelation 1:5-6 speaks of “Jesus Christ” who “released us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father.” Revelation 5:10 also speaks of this. Revelation 22:3 says that in New Jerusalem we will “serve Him” for eternity; serve here means to serve as a priest.

Leviticus 6–7 has many verses (e.g. 6:16-18, 26, 29; 7:6, 15-16) about the priests eating the physical offerings. Today we are the New Testament priests who, in spirit, eat Christ as the spiritual reality of all the offerings.

The main way we may partake of the offerings is by thanksgivings and petitions. We can thank and praise the Lord for all that He is to us. We also can open to Him about these specific blessings that He is to us and ask Him to give us more experience of them.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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