FIRSTBORN SONSHIP OF CHIRST
The New Birth in the Old Testament
Article 47 (continued)
THE PEACE OFFERING
The emphasis of the peace offering is that of divine peace, joy, and fellowship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, together with the faithful covenant people.
"You shall offer peace offerings, and shall eat there, and rejoice before the LORD your God," Deu 27:7.
The peace offering is the only offering, of the five offerings offered on the altar, where those who brought the offering were permitted to eat of the offering. This prophetically symbolized the faithful covenant people fellowshiping with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit on a divine basis as firstborn sons after the new birth resurrection. Of course all the offerings, feasts, and ordinances directed and energized the mind and emotions of the testament people increasingly toward this blessed hope, Titus 2:11-15.
1. The sacrificial animal always symbolized the Seed of the woman as our divine vicarious Redeemer. This includes the entire divine-human-divine ministry of the Kinsman Redeemer from God's counsel and purpose before creation through the seven thousand years projected in the creation week, Heb 4:3-4. Obviously the Old Testament faithful (many of them, to say the least) understood the blessed hope far better than first appearances may indicate, Heb 11:8-16; Jn 8:56.
2. Every animal sacrifice had to be without blemish to portray the sinless Kinsman Redeemer. This testified of the miracle of a virgin birth in order for the Redeemer to be without the Adamic sin nature from the beginning. In the Feast of Pentecost two loaves were baked where the fine flour was mixed with leaven. This feast witnessed of the Holy Spirit descending upon the church on the day of Pentecost. The explanation, very briefly, is that the church and its members were metaphorically counted as being crucified, dead, buried, and born again out of the grave into divine (glorified) bodies together with Christ, Jn 7:39; Gal 4:4-7. However, they were still in sinful bodies with the sin nature. This "leaven" feature will be explained in detail when we come to the new birth study of the feasts.
3. Each offerer represented the faithful covenant people in all generations under all the covenants from Adam on. The offerer is to be seen first presenting an offering for himself; yet, as the offering itself first represented Christ, the offerer also represented all the faithful covenant people as "one" with Christ as firstborn sons. The last will and testament inheritance is specifically for all the firstborn sons to eternally share the divine image and likeness of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Jn 17:21-23.
4. The offerer laid his hand on the head of the animal and the two became as "one" in the sacrifice. This speaks of the divine Redeemer becoming a human Kinsman Redeemer, and redeeming the faithful testament people into the divine image and likeness of God. All the faithful covenant people are predestined to receive (by grace through faith) the full range of God's divine attributes in proportion to their faithfulness, Mt 25:1-46; Lk 19:11-26; Rev 22:12.
5. The death of the animal testified that the wages of sin is death. Death immediately brought separation from God, plus all the doubts, fears, sickness, anguish, wars, physical death, and other atrocities of the world; and then punishment in hell and the lake of fire for the unbelieving. On the cross the Kinsman Redeemer was made sin, and paid the full price for the sins of the whole world, and of special redemption for the firstborn sons.
6. The fire on the altar spoke of the necessity of God's righteous judgments, both of fiery trials of covenant discipline and eternal punishments upon the unbelieving. The fire also bore witness of the willingness of the Redeemer and the faithful firstborn people to endure and overcome the fiery trials of covenant discipline. The firstborn people must be seen as "one" with the Redeemer in covenant discipline, crucifixion, death, burial, and in the new birth resurrection.
7. Eating the sacrifice also prophesied of partaking of Christ in His holy life, in His crucifixion, and in all aspects of the redemption cycle, including the divine new birth resurrection into the full image and likeness of God. This offering also bore witness of peace, fellowship, and rejoicing – an offering that was appropriate for all occasions of peace, joy, happiness, thanksgiving, and worship.
8. Eating the Sacrifice also looked beyond the new birth resurrection and witnessed of divine peace, fellowship, and a glorious divine ministry beyond human expression. The Feast of Pas-sover was coordinated with the death of the firstborn of every family in Egypt, both man and beast, Ex 11 & 12. This, on top of all the other bitter plagues on the Egyptians, caused the Egyptians, in dire desperation, to freely give of their riches to the Israelites in order to get them out of Egypt. The Israelites, therefore left their slavery in Egypt with great abundance of everything, Ex 12:30-36.
Likewise, the Feast of Tabernacles, and all the feasts with all the offerings and other ceremonies and types bore prophetic testimony of deliverance from our earthy bondage to the elementary laws of the physical universe into an unspeakably joyous and divine fellowship as divine beings to be realized when Christ returns.
The feast of tabernacles was the last of the seven feasts of the Law Covenant, all of which testified of deliverance from this earthy existence into a divine state of being by a glorious new birth resurrection. The Lord has synchronized this with a kind of new birth of the "whole creation (which) groans and labors with birth pangs together until now," Rom 8:19-22.
13 "You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress.
14 "And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, who are within your gates.
15 "Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice," Deu 16:13-15.
9 "But as it is written: ‘eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him,'" 1Co 2:9.
A lesser and more general peace and fellowship is foreordained in God's purpose for His general kingdom which includes all creation. We will look at this broader but lesser provision of peace briefly before returning the divine peace which will be shared only by the firstborn sons, who are currently laboring to enter into that "rest," Heb 4:11.
GOD'S GENERAL PURPOSE
22 "What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,
23 "And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory," Rom 9:22-23.
From the beginning God purposed to demonstrate His divine attributes of love, compassion, mercy, patience, justice, peace, wrath, etc. His purpose primarily was also to create a people who would choose righteousness and hate iniquity, and thereby exemplify His divine attributes, Ps 45:6-7; Mt 5:6; 6:33; 25:31-45. To do this, God permitted Adam to sin and produce an earth full of sinful people.
It must be emphasized, however, that God gave Adam sufficient help (sufficient grace) to resist eating the forbidden fruit and thereby plunge his posterity into sin and its living death and doom. This "help provision" (aid of the Holy Spirit) is likewise provided for every rational descendant of Adam to be saved from sin and its grievous judgments, Ps 16:1-6; Act 14:16-17; Rom 1:20; 2Pe 3:9; etc.
PEACE ON EARTH AND GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN
The angels announced: "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, and good will toward men!" Lk 2:14.
18 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 "Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
20 "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse," Rom 1:18-20.
9 "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance," 2Pe 3:9.
Our sinful nature is one of selfishness, leading to ill will and the lack of peace. In this life the Spirit is urging us to be vessels of peace and good will. Even Jesus, though He was the Son of God in a human body, as a human learned obedience by the things He suffered, Heb 5:8. We must likewise learn obedience by means of God's required covenant training, Heb 5:8-9. And thus we graduate more and more into the peace and joy of the Spirit.
ISRAEL ABOVE THE NATIONS
4 "You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.
5 "Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.
6 "And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel," Ex 19:4-6.
16 " This day the LORD your God commands you to observe these statutes and judgments; therefore you shall be careful to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
17 "Today you have proclaimed the LORD to be your God, and that you will walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments, and His judgments, and that you will obey His voice.
18 "Also today the LORD has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you, that you should keep all His commandments,
19 "and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to the LORD your God, just as He has spoken," Deu 26:16-19.
4 "Who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the Law, the service of God, and the promises," Rom 9:4; 2Pe 1:3-4.
Israel is still God's covenant people. He has not cast them away forever, Rom 11:23-36. The covenants (the last will and testaments) belong to Israel. The promises of the covenants – the last will and testament inheritance belongs to Israel. The firstborn sonship belongs to Israel. And God will receive a repenting Israel back into covenant grace when Christ returns, Zec 12 thru 14; Rom 9. Then the Son of David will sit on David's throne in Jerusalem (Lk 1:30-33) and reign for a thousand years (Rev 20) - the seventh day "rest," Gen 2:1-3.
NATIONS OF SERVANT SONS
21 "Tell me, you who desire to be under the Law, do you not hear the Law?
22 "For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a free-woman.
23 "But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise,
24 "Which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar –
25 "For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children –
26 "But the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27 "For it is written: ‘Rejoice, O barren, You who do not bear! Break forth and shout, You who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband.'
28 "Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.
29 "But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.
30 "Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? ‘Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.'
31 "So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free," Gal 4:21-31.
Read Articles One and Two of The Firstborn Sonship of Christ: better still, read Volume One on The Firstborn Sonship of Christ for a detailed study on Gal 4:21 thru 5:5. These slave or servant sons are not firstborn sons, but are the other sons as Ishmael and Esau. See also Heb 12:1-17. The illegitimate son of verse 8 is the servant son of Gal 4:21-31, and will constitute the nations on the new earth.
God created the nations as a part of His eternal purpose, and ordained that the nations should exist eternally on the new earth as servant sons. They will exist forever as earth-bound descendants of the first Adam (Rev 21:23-26), and will not be free firstborn sons, but sons who will forever be servant sons, Gal 4:21-31. They will be ruled over by the firstborn sons who, through faith obedience, qualify for the firstborn birthright, Gen 27:27-37; Heb 5:8-9; 12:15-17. These earthy sons will be lower than the angels who (the angels) will also be ministers to the firstborn sons, Heb 1:14. The firstborn sons only will qualify for the new birth into the fullness of God's divine nature, Eph 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:22-24; 5:31-32; 2Pe 1:5; Col 2:8-10; Jn 10:30-36; 14:8-11; 17:21-31.
The servant sons will forever be in slavery to the elemental forces of the physical universe: heat, cold, distance, time, weight, light, darkness, sleep, rest, food, etc. They will never have divine bodies and spirits. These nations will doubtless be in a sinless state of being, bear children, and be forever at peace. Their welfare will be constantly good with all creation, except for fallen angels and the unsaved who will be in the lake of fire. The praise and worship of the nations will be brought in before God by the firstborn divine sons, Rev 20:23-26.
THE CURSE WILL BE REMOVED
19 "For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
20 "For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
21 "Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 "For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now," Rom 8:19-22; Gen 3:16-19.
God told Adam explicitly not to eat of the forbidden fruit, lest he die, Gen 2:17. But Adam did eat of it and was alienated from God. Peace and fellowship with God were gone, and ever so grievously all the woes of the world have inherently engulfed all his descendants with eternal judgments for the unbelieving.
With the curse being lifted for the one thousand years for the peaceful reign of Christ (Rev 20), there will be no storms, tornados, hurricanes, typhoons, floods, droughts, volcanos, earthquakes, blights, plagues, etc. All animals, fowl, fish, reptiles, and insects will be harmless, Isa 11:1-9. There will be no more thorns, briers, thistles, weeds, or other harmful or unproductive vegetation or forestry. All nature will be at peace for the curse will be removed.
Even Satan and evil spirits will be imprisoned for a thousand years, Rev 20. Only the nations will still possess man's sinful nature, and will rebel against Christ after a thousand years of His personal, public, and righteous reign on the throne of David, Isa 9:6-7; Rev 20. This will more clearly reveal the human sin nature under otherwise the most ideal utopian conditions.
THE REDEMPTION CYCLE
Let us briefly look at the peace offering in its symbolic instructions of the earthly ministry of Christ, designed to perfect a divine oneness of Christ with a uniquely prepared bride people. This divine fellowship with a divine people is the emphasis of the peace offering.
All of the offerings fit into the overall design of God's eternal redemptive purpose, with each offering emphasizing a different aspect of the human birth, life, death and divine resurrection of Christ and the firstborn sons. These sacrificial offerings, projecting God's eternal purpose, includes every overcomer of all ages in the human life, discipline, death, and divine resurrection birth of Christ.
OUR IMAGE AND OUR LIKENESS
"And God said, Let us make man in Our image, and after Our likeness," Gen 1:26-27.
God has not done that yet, except in the person of Christ, who fulfilled the redemption cycle and now possesses a divine human body. The human body of Christ now possesses all the fullness of God's divine nature (Col 2:9), and is therefore now a divine human body. All the last will and testaments were and are designed to discipline and produce, by God's amazing grace, a firstborn sonship divinely born into this "oneness" of deity with God, Eph 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:22-24; 5:30-31; 2Pe 1:4; Jn 10:30-36; 14:8-11; 17:21-23.
This was and is the major and unspeakably grand design in the whole counsel and purpose of God from before creation, 2Ti 1:9; Ti 1:2; 1Pe 1:18-20. We must pick it up in Gen 1:26 and follow its ever present flow throughout the Scriptures. With a keen unblemished mind Jesus grew in the knowledge of the Scriptures and followed this grand theme with singularly fixed emotions that influenced every word and deed of His sinless life.
THIS IS A GREAT MYSTERY
31 "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
32 "This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church," Eph 5:31-32.
God gave Adam reasonably full and explicit instructions before and after he sinned. God created Adam first, obviously gave him considerable instructions, had him to name all animals and fowls, then created Eve and presented her to him. Surely with tremendous spiritual and prophetic understanding, Adam said, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh," Gen 2:24.
The Holy Spirit moved both Jesus and Paul to reference these profound words of Adam (Mt 19;5-6; 1Co 6:15-17; Eph 5:31-32), and emphasize the sacred solemnity of marriage and its prophetic application to the marriage of Christ and His firstborn bride people. This marriage will be consummated by the new birth into God's divine state of being, possessing the full range of God's divine attributes, Eph 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:22-24; 5:31-32; Col 2:9-10; 2Pe 1:5; Jn 10:30-36; 14:8-11; 17:21-23.
PEACE, JOY AND FELLOWSHIP
7 "You shall offer peace offerings, and shall eat there, and rejoice before the LORD your God," Deu 27:7.
Here is a brief statement of the joy and fellowship of the peace offering (and of all the offerings): This was fulfilled by Joshua and Israel after conquering Ai. Jos 8:30-35. Israel had just crossed the Jordan River and had conquered Jericho, both with the marvelous demonstration of God's power. And had just conquered and destroyed the city of Ai. This was a grand time for Israel: they had conquered the two kingdoms east of the Jordan river, had crossed Jordan miraculously on dry ground and into the promised land, conquered Jericho with a thunderous victory, and conquered Ai. God gave them time to celebrate and worship Him before going on to walk with God and see Him gloriously defeat their enemies and give them the inheritance of the promised land, flowing with milk and honey, Deu 27; Jos 8.
SOLOMON'S PEACE OFFERINGS
When Solomon finished building the temple in all its glory, and had prayed a marvelous prayer, he and a very great host of the people from the whole nation made a feast and celebrated with great joy.
63 "And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered to the LORD, twenty-two thousand bulls and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD,
64 "On the same day the king consecrated the middle of the court that was in front of the house of the LORD; for there he offered burnt offerings, grain offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings, because the bronze altar that was before the LORD was too small to receive the burnt offerings, the grain offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.
65 "At that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great assembly from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt, before the LORD our God, seven days and seven more days - fourteen days.
66 "On the eighth day he sent the people away; and they blessed the king, and went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the good that the LORD had done for His servant David, and for Israel His people," 1Ki 8:63-66.
The spiritual posture of the faithful in Israel through the years and centuries can be observed throughout Heb 11 and in the verse below, written by David.
15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness," Ps 17:15.
Would we have any reason not to believe that David and Solomon had this understanding of the peace offering and of all the offerings, and the whole chapter? Would it help to read again Heb 11:8-16? Where do we find that great continuing host of faithful saints in the Old Testament who looked for that divine city? Did they really exist, or is this passage governed by the common hyperbole? Surely they were there and will shine as the sun in God's glory when Christ returns.
OTHER RELATED FACTORS OF THE PEACE OFFERINGS
1. The Sacrificial Animals Could be Male or Female in the Peace Offerings.
1 "'When his offering is a sacrifice of a peace offering, if he offers it of the herd, whether male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD," Lev 3:1.
In the case of the Passover, the lamb had to be a male of the first year, Ex 12:5. On the day of atonement the four animals were a bull, a ram, and two he-goats, Lev 16:10,21-22. In the whole burnt offering the sacrifices were a bull and a he-goat, or a ram, Lev 1:3,10. The male evidently addressing rank and authority, 1Ti 1:12-13. When Eve ate of the forbidden fruit nothing at all happened until Adam ate of it Gen 3:1-7.
The sin of a priest required the sacrifice of a bull, and the same for the sin of the whole nation, Lev 4:13-15. The sin of a ruler required a he-goat, Lev 4:22-23. But for a person less than a ruler, the sacrifice was to be a female goat or lamb, Lev 4:27-28,32. With the trespass offering the sacrifice could be a female goat or lamb, Lev 5:6. In the peace offering the sacrifice could be a male or a female from the herd or flock, Lev 3:1,6.
The peace offering was the only offering burned on the altar that could be eaten by those who were not priests. Again, let it be emphasized that the priests represented all the covenant or last will and testament people. Therefore, what the priests did was done on behalf of the people, and symbolically represented all the covenant people doing it. Likewise, what Christ did was first on behalf of the faithful covenant people of all ages. Furthermore, what Christ did was done together with the faithful covenant people as "one" with them. Thus, Paul could write:
20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me," Gal 2:20.
He also wrote that we were all metaphorically crucified together with Christ in the physical body of Christ, died together with Him, were buried together with Him, and were divinely born again out of the grave together with Him in His resurrection, Rom 6:2-5; Gal 5:24; 5:14. Further, and also in the metaphor, Paul wrote that we are to bear about in our bodies the dying of the Lord that the life of Christ may be manifest in us:
11 "For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
12 "So then death is working in us, but life in you," 2Co 4:7-12.
2. Unleavened Cakes, Wafers, Fried Flour (all Anointed with Oil), and Leavened Bread.
11 "This is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings which he shall offer to the LORD:
12 "If he offers it for a thanks-giving, then he shall offer, with the sacrifice of thanksgiving, unleavened cakes mixed with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil, or cakes of blended flour mixed with oil.
13 "Besides the cakes, as his offering he shall offer leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offering," Lev 7:11-13.
The "leavened bread" here in the peace offering, and also in the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost, Lev 23:15-17) points to the fact that they were (and we are) still in sinful bodies. The Holy Spirit was not given until the bodies of those in the body of Christ were counted (reckoned, credited) as crucified, dead, buried, and divinely born again out of the grave together with Christ in the body of Christ, Jn 7:39; Gal 4:4-7. Here God speaks of "things which be not as though they were," Rom 4:17. In this metaphor of water baptism (Co 2:11-13), our old man was destroyed (Rom 6:3-6), But Paul shows that our old man is still very much alive, Rom 7:14-25. We are still leavened, and must be constantly in a desperate and painful struggle of life or death in putting off the old man and putting on the new man, 1Co9:27; 2Co 4:6-12; Heb 2:1-3; 3; 4; Eph 4:22-24.
3. God's Part of the Sacrifice Was Burned on the Altar.
9 "Then he shall offer from the sacrifice of the peace offering, as an offering made by fire to the LORD, its fat and the whole fat tail which he shall remove close to the backbone, and the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails,
10 "The two kidneys and the fat that is on them by the flanks, and the fatty lobe attached to the liver above the kidneys, he shall remove;
11 "And the priest shall burn them on the altar as food, an offering made by fire to the LORD," Lev 3:9-11.
All animal sacrifices were to be clean animals in the best of health. A good healthy animal is a "fat" one, and the fat was of prime emphasis in the part that was burned on the altar as God's part – the bread or food of God. Christ in His human obedience to the Scriptures was the bread or food of God, and together with Christ, as His body, we are thereby the bread or food of God. This requires proper holiness and obedience according to the Scriptures on our part as faithful members of the body of Christ, 1Co 9:23-27; 10:1-13; 2Ti 2:1-13. As the Word of God is food for us (Mt 3:4; Jn 6:63; 1Pe 2:2; Heb 5:12-14), our obedience to God's Word is food for God, Lev 3:11,16; 21:6; Jn 6:33.
2. The Heave Shoulder (Upper Hind Leg of Animals) and the Wave Breast Were Given to the Priests.
31 "And the priest shall burn the fat on the altar, but the breast shall be Aaron's and his sons.
32 "Also the right thigh you shall give to the priest as a heave offering from the sacrifices of your peace offerings.
33 "He among the sons of Aaron, who offers the blood of the peace offering and the fat, shall have the right thigh for his part.
34 "For the breast of the wave offering and the thigh of the heave offering I have taken from the children of Israel, from the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and I have given them to Aaron the priest and to his sons from the children of Israel by a statute forever," Lev 7:31-34.
As stated already, all the covenant people could (if clean) eat of the peace offering sacrifice. Still, the choice parts of the offering were given to the priests, who represented all the covenant people. The right shoulder, thigh, or comparable part of the right hind leg and hip of animals signifies power and authority. While the breast likely speaks of affections – love, compassion, mercy, justice.
The foremost emphasis of the peace offering is the mutual sharing and fellowship projected in the peace offering. The divine peace, fellowship, and joy shared by the firstborn sons or bride people with each other and with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These festive activities included all the other offerings and lasted for two weeks when Solomon and Israel dedicated the temple, 1Ki 8:65-66.
In the "heave" offering, the thigh was lifted up once before the Lord, as being given to the Lord, and then let back down indicating that God gave power, authority, food, and a holy priestly ministry to the priests. The "wave" breast was waved to and fro before the Lord signifying the flow of divine emotions and devotions reciprocally to and from the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the faithful covenant people in all ages to come.
3. The Days Involved in Eating of the Peace Offering.
15 "The flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offering for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day it is offered. He shall not leave any of it until morning," Lev 7:15.
The peace offering was often a thanksgiving offering; sometimes for special blessings received from God, at other times as a more general expression of thanksgiving. As a thanksgiving offering it was to be eaten by the offerer, his family, and the priest the same day that it was offered. Anything left over till the next day had to be burned.
Also, the peace offering could be a voluntary peace offering on a more general basis, or a peace offering accompanying a vow. In these cases the offering was eaten on the day of offering as well as the next day. But all that was left over till the third day had to be burned completely.
4. Cut Off from the People, Cut Off from the Covenants, Cut Off from the Promises, Cut Off from the Firstborn Sonshp, Cut Off from the Divine Image and Likeness of God.
20 "But the person who eats the flesh of the sacrifice of the peace offering that belongs to the LORD, while he is unclean, that person shall be cut off from his people," Lev 7:20-26.
Four times, in the verses just indicated, the words "cut off from his people," were used of sins and conditions that would forget the divine firstborn sonship. The exact words were first used concerning failure to perform circumcision as commanded, Gen 17:14. Cain had earlier cut off himself (and his descendants generally) from the covenants and the covenant promises when he killed Abel and further refused to offer the right sacrifice for forgiveness and proper worship.
Being cut off from the covenant people, means being cut off from all that the covenants promise to the faithful firstborn covenant people, Rom 9:4. This is precisely what happens when beginning believers refuse the baptism of John, Lk 7:29-30; Col 2:11-13. All those over 20 years old experienced this (at least symbolically) when they rebelled against the Lord's leadership through Moses in the wilderness, 1Co 10:1-11; Heb 3:6-19.