Leviticus 3: The Peace Offering

This world of holocaust and war,
Tumult, hate, and dying.
Is there yet hope of peace in store,
World and flesh denying?
Let chaos cease, for God’s my peace.

For I – the problem with this world,
Man in damned rebellion –
Must bring my scape-goat from herd,
Substitute for hell-sins.
A perfect beast to die for peace.

The priest would kill him, drain his blood,
On the altar pour it.
The offal burnt before our God,
Fat – the best – the Lord gets.
On him we feast who bought our peace.

So Christ fulfills this sacrifice,
Drained for our redemption.
His blood, His flesh, a feast of life,
Communing benediction.
My life bequeathed in thanks for peace.

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One thought on “Leviticus 3: The Peace Offering

  1. Jesus is our peace offering! This has got to be one of the most exciting truths of Christianity. We could not buy peace with God ourselves, so instead God bought peace for us through His son Jesus Christ. Just as the peace offering in the Levitical code was killed to buy temporal peace for the supplicant, so Jesus was killed to win eternal peace for all man-kind. And just as the peace offering in the Levitical code was then eaten by the priest and the supplicant in the temple, so Jesus’s body and blood (the wine and the bread of communion) are eaten by the church — and we will eat it new with Him at the marriage feast of the lamb!

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