Leviticus 3: Give unto God What Is God’s

It is interesting that I’m going to highlight verse 16 (and 17) from the third chapter of Leviticus. Another interesting verse has a similar reference…

Anyway, here are the verses for you.

Lev 3:16  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.

Lev 3:17  It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.

While we could focus on the fact that this is the first dietary restriction that is mentioned in the book of Leviticus, but I want to take a little bit of a different route.

More specifically, these verses show that there is something significant to separating what belongs to God. This makes me think about a New Testament passage referencing giving to God what is truly His.

Mat 22:17  Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

Mat 22:18  But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

Mat 22:19  Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

Mat 22:20  And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

Mat 22:21  They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

Think about the implications of this passage. If something belongs to God, you absolutely must give that only to God. In Leviticus, what needed to be sacrificed to God was not allowed to be eaten by people.

There are certain things that are only for God, and one that immediately comes to my mind is worship. We are not supposed to worship people because that is only meant for God. He is the only one who deserves our praise.

Even though these verses do not necessarily specify worship, that is where my mind went with this. It is one very important thing that we should only give to God just like certain parts of the animal were only to be sacrificed and not consumed by people.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on October 23, 2012, in Leviticus and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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