An Offering That Makes PEACE Between God and Sinner
3:1 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer it of the (Taurus) herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the (Shekinah) Lord.
2 And he shall lay his (Castor) hand upon the head of his offering, and (Perseus) (red radius cut) kill it at the (red radius tent) door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons the (Gemini) priests shall sprinkle the (red radius) blood upon the (solar) altar round about.
3 And he shall offer of the (Taurus) sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by (solar) fire unto the Lord; the (lunar white) fat that covereth the inwards, and all the (lunar white) fat that is upon the inwards,
4 And the two (lunar) kidneys, and the (lunar white) fat that is on them, which is by the (red radius) flanks, and the (red radius membrane) caul above the (solar) liver, with the (lunar) kidneys, it shall he (Ophiuchus) take away.
5 And Aaron's (Gemini) sons shall (solar) burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the (red radius) wood that is on the (solar) fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet (red radius) savour unto the (Shekinah) Lord.
6 And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the Lord be of the (Aries) flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.
7 If he offer a lamb (Aries) for his offering, then shall he offer it before the (Shekinah) Lord.
8 And he shall lay his (Castor) hand upon the (lunar white) head of his offering, and (Perseus) (red radius) kill it before the (red radius tent) tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's (Gemini) sons shall sprinkle the (red radius) blood thereof round about upon the (solar) altar.
9 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by (solar) fire unto the (Shekinah) Lord; the (lunar white) fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the (Milky Way) backbone; and the (lunar white) fat that covereth the inwards, and all the (lunar white) fat that is upon the inwards,
10 And the two (lunar) kidneys, and the (lunar white) fat that is upon them, which is by the (red radius) flanks, and the (red radius membrane) caul above the (solar) liver, with the (lunar) kidneys, it shall he take away.
11 And the priest shall (solar) burn it upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by (solar) fire unto the (Shekinah) Lord.
12 And if his offering be a (Taurus) goat, then he shall offer it before the (Shekinah) Lord.
13 And he shall lay his (Castor) hand upon the (lunar white) head of it, and (Perseus) (red radius cut) kill it before the (red radius tent) tabernacle of the congregation: and the sons of (Gemini) Aaron shall sprinkle the (red radius) blood thereof upon the (solar) altar round about.
14 And he shall offer thereof his offering, even an offering made by (solar) fire unto the (Shekinah) Lord; the (lunar white) fat that covereth the inwards, and all the (lunar white) fat that is upon the inwards,
15 And the two (lunar) kidneys, and the (lunar white) fat that is upon them, which is by the (red radius) flanks, and the (red radius membrane) caul above the (solar) liver, with the (lunar) kidneys, it shall he take away.
16 And the priest shall (solar) burn them upon the (solar) altar: it is the food of the offering made by (solar) fire for a sweet (red radius) savour: all the (lunar white) fat is the (Shekinah) Lord's.
17 It shall be a perpetual statute for your (Gemini) generations throughout all your (red radius) dwellings, that ye eat neither (lunar white) fat nor (red radius) blood.
Why Is Blood Forbidden?
The prohibition on BLOOD is also found in Leviticus 3:17 where it is called a "perpetual (Heb. "olam") statute." (See also Lev. 17:10-13 & 1 Sam. 14:32-33) Leviticus 7:26-27 explains that this is a prohibition on "any manner of BLOOD" of "fowl" or "beast." The implication is that BLOOD of fish and grasshoppers is not prohibited.
But why avoid BLOOD at all? Deuteronomy 12:25 answers, "Thou shalt not eat it, that IT MAY GO WELL WITH THEE, AND WITH THY CHILDREN AFTER THEE, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the Eternal." In order to better understand why eating BLOOD causes things to not go well, realize that one of the functions of BLOOD is to transport BODILY WASTES and POISONS to excretory ducts in the body. Another well known medical fact is that INFECTIOUS DISEASES can be TRANSMITTED to man by means of ingesting blood of diseased animals (e.g. tuberculosis)! In other words, BLOOD contains a concentrated amount of disease, wastes and poisons! The main reason for avoiding an animal which dies "of itself" (Lev.17:15) is because the BLOOD wasn't DRAINED OUT of the animal (v.13). Of course, another reason is that it may have died from a disease. Animals "torn with beasts" (v.15) should also be avoided because the throat wasn't cut to allow the BLOOD to DRAIN. In the U.K. a practice is to stun animals with electric shock before slaughter (p.92, The Bible: Medicine & Myth by Davies). This procedure also prevents the BLOOD from DRAINING. Stunning with anesthesia is not acceptable either. Ezekiel condemned those who "eat with the BLOOD" (Ez.33:25).
John S. Fox, in his book Today, Tomorrow and the Great Beyond, pages 353 to 354, says:
The harmful presence of blood in killed meat has of recent years been realized fully by modern scientists. It has been found that in meat insufficiently bled, PUTREFACTION SETS IN RAPIDLY, even though frozen; whereas meat which has been adequately bled will keep for long periods.... Science also shows that blood congeals in the flesh to such an extent after death that no amount of boiling can properly remove it.
A person should avoid "BLOOD PUDDING" (also called "BLOOD SAUSAGE") which is made from swine's blood and suet and sold in Germany and other nations. BLOOD SPOTS IN EGGS which have been fertilized should be removed before the eggs are eaten. Also a person should be careful to salt or roast even DRAINED meats to ensure that the BLOOD is extracted. There is even a spiritual danger in DRINKING BLOOD since credible sources couple this rite to the reception of demonic forces. The Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics, volume 2, page 716, mentions that "when the fresh blood of the victim is drunk ... The result is frequently seen in usual phenomena of POSSESSION."
This LAW forbidding BLOOD existed at least as early as the time of Noah (Gen.9:4), long before the Old Covenant was ratified. Blood hasn't changed its chemical composition or function at any time, so why should anyone think this prohibition was repealed in the New Testament era?
Why Is Fat Forbidden?
We already mentioned Leviticus 3:17 in regard to BLOOD, but the full verse states, "It shall be a PERPETUAL STATUTE (Heb."olam chuqqah") for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither FAT nor BLOOD." Therefore we know that Abraham also avoided FAT and BLOOD since "Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, MY STATUTES (Heb. "chuqqah"), and my laws" (Gen.26:5). Even before Abraham, Genesis 4:4 states, "And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock AND OF THE FAT THEREOF. And the Eternal had respect unto Abel and to his offering." Now if Abel used FAT as an offering in Genesis, the same as we find in Leviticus 3:16 where "ALL the FAT is the Eternal's" and was to be burned upon the altar, then Abel would have had NONE left to eat. He would have BURNED IT ALL! So Abel must have avoided FAT too! God is consistent (Mal.3:6; Heb.13:8) and certainly FAT HASN'T CHANGED its chemical composition from one "dispensation" to another. These dietary statutes existed from the beginning and did not originate later with Moses or the Old Covenant!
Leviticus 7:23-24 says, "Ye shall eat no manner of FAT, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat. And the FAT of the beast that dieth of itself, and the FAT of that which is torn with beasts, may be used in any other use (Ivory soap is made from "beef and/or pork fat"); but ye shall in no wise eat of it." Leviticus 3:8-9 clearly shows that internal FATS of animals are included in this prohibition also.
Quoting from Prevention magazine, February 1980, page 134, we read, "In the case of heart disease, blame does not fall equally on all fats. Chemically, the fats in food come in several varieties. SATURATED FATS ... are most commonly found in meats. POLYUNSATURATED FATS ... are found more abundantly in vegetables, and in fish and fowl. A large body of research indicates that SATURATED FATS are the ones to watch, in keeping guard against heart disease. Where the diet is rich in these ANIMAL FATS, heart disease is generally a problem." Saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Decades of sound science has proven it can raise your “bad” cholesterol and put you at higher risk for heart disease.
Isn't it proof of inspiration when the Bible says nothing forbidding FAT of fish or fowl, yet specifically enumerates the ox, sheep and goat FAT as forbidden? This is the SCIENTIFIC DIVISION between SATURATED and POLYUNSATURATED FATS! Incidentally, Nehemiah's command to "eat the FAT" (Neh.8:10) refers to the "fatted calf" (using "FAT" as an adjective) rather than the white, greasy trim on meat (using "FAT" as a noun). There is no contradiction!
Eating animal FAT (SATURATED FAT) causes a buildup of cholesterol in human arteries and veins. This in turn causes atherosclerosis. But vegetable oils (POLYUNSATURATED FATS) significantly reduce cholesterol (Prevention, Nov. 1982, p.79). But make no mistake! These vegetable oils are UNHYDROGENATED or only LIGHTLY HYDROGENATED! HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS are just as bad as SATURATED ANIMAL FATS (Hydrogenation, America's Deadliest Killer, by John H. Tobe, 1962)! Excess "ANIMAL FAT" has also been linked to Pancreatic and Colorectal Cancers (pp.224 & 228 of Diseases, Copyright 1983, 1981 by Springhouse Corp.). Animal poisons and toxins are stored and concentrated in the FAT!
Consumers should take warning and avoid LARD, SHORTENING, SUET, GREASE, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS, MARGARINE/OLEOMARGARINE, GLYCERIN/GLYCEROL, LECITHIN/4-MONO AMINO PHOSPHATIDE, MONOSODIUM PHOSPHATE, OLEIC ACID, POLY GLYCEROL ESTERS, ADIPOSE ACID and even EMULSIFIERS or MONO, DI and TRIGLYCERIDES which can be made from either vegetable or animals fats! Furthermore, GROUND BEEF and HAMBURGERS should be avoided not only because of their fat content, but because of possible PORK contamination due to an unsterilized meat grinder! MEXICAN and LATEINO foods like the BURRITO are notorious for their high FAT content! This is why people get stomach aches after eating them.
EGG YOLKS (Luke 11:12), WHOLE MILK (Deut.32:14; Pr.27:27), BUTTER (Deut.32:14; Pr.30:33), CHEESE (1 Sam.17:18; 2 Sam.17:29), NUTS (Gen.43:11), and AVOCADO are categorized as SATURATED FAT but the Bible allows all these foods. Why? Are there two different kinds of saturated fat? Yes, the Bible is trustworthy. These saturated fats are all WATER-SOLUABLE whereas the ANIMAL FATS are NOT!
A question is often asked, along these lines, whether internal organs such as LIVER and KIDNEYS are permitted as food. The Bible is silent on this issue, but since "the kidneys" and the "caul above the liver" (the lobe or flap of the liver according to Strong's Lexicon, number 3508) of clean animals were treated the same way as the FAT (Ex.29:13 & Lev. 3:15-16; 4:9; 8:16), it stands to reason that they are prohibited food items. Just because an organ comes from a clean animal doesn't mean the organ itself is clean. After all, BLOOD and FAT from any source are unclean. Some substances are inherently poisonous. Interestingly, both the LIVER and the KIDNEYS filter BLOOD! The KIDNEYS remove metabolic wastes from the BLOOD and make URINE! The LIVER manufactures BLOOD and stores FAT! These organs function as "scavengers." On page 21 of Edible and Hazardous Marine Life, we read, "for a variety of reasons, the LIVER, GONADS, BRAIN and associated VISCERAL ORGANS may be poisonous in otherwise edible species. Therefore, clean unfamiliar fish carefully to prevent any possible contamination of the edible fish with visceral toxins." From the book Dangerous Marine Animals by Bruce W. Halstead M.D., copyright 1980, we read on page 170 that "The viscera -- LIVER and INTESTINES -- of tropical marine fishes should never be eaten." Although COD LIVER OIL is considered a health food by many, it is possible to overdose on vitamin A (retinol) and get mercury poisoning from consuming it.