It is not known how early such a sacrifice was offered. Yet, the sacrifice of Cain and Abel may have been a peace, or fellowship, offering: “…and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions” (Gn 4:4). This was the part of the animal also offered to God as a peace offering.
Why did God institute this type of sacrifice and its penalty? He was breaking a chain of wrong doing and re-establishing a new meaning to the sacrifices they were making. He wanted their worship, praise, and fellowship. Therefore, he instituted that no meal of meat could be made without turning it into a peace offering. It would then help the people remember that all they have comes from him and that God alone is their sustainer.
So, what does that mean for us today? This type of sacrifice pointed toward the one to come who would become our peace offering. Christ is our peace offering. How do we know this? The peace offering established a bond between the one making the offering and God. The meal was offered and eaten in God’s presence—to fellowship with him. It became a way for the Israelites to realize that God’s favor rested on them.
Ep 2:13-18: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in the flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.”
The meal represents intimacy with those you share a meal with. God was offering that to Israel, and is offering that to us today. How awesome that the God of the universe wants to have such an intimate connection with us. Do you crave that level of intimacy with him? He’s offering it to you. You just have to accept it. Christ is the way. Just speak to him. He’s there.
Heaven for the Bride