If you have tried to read through the entire Bible, you may have struggled with the book of Leviticus. It is a book full of rules and regulations detailing temple worship. Many might consider this book the most boring book of the Bible. Ironically it is in this book that we will explore the subject of fun and celebration. Leviticus outlines many feast days and festivals. Today I want to focus on a party that surrounds the Peace Offering.
The Peace Offering (Leviticus 3) was meant to be a sacrifice and a feast. The worshiper, the priests, and the poor, widow, and orphan would have shared the meal. This is different from some other sacrifices, which were burned up completely.
The Hebrew word for peace is the word shalom, which means both ‘peace’ and ‘wholeness.’ It’s the idea of everything being put right. The celebration, especially with the needy, would have been part of putting the world right.
How might you make a Peace Offering of your own? Perhaps one of the best things you can do to contribute to world peace is to throw a party. Invite someone in need to that party and enjoy. These sacrifices were costly to the worshiper. Treat the expense of the party as a spiritual practice of bringing peace to the world.