The very best things

Leviticus 3:16 “The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering, a pleasing aroma. All the fat is the Lord’s.”

Have you ever wondered what in the world the verse above is all about? I have. Then one day it dawned on me that in Hebrew, “the fat” also means “the best or most excellent.” Another use of the term is in Genesis 45:18 “And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.” In this context, it means Jacob was given the very best part of the land of Egypt. So . . . going back to Leviticus, all the fat, all the very best things, are the Lord’s things. And the Lord’s things are for those who trust in him – we are joint heirs with Christ.

What are these best things? They are inner things – things like peace, and joy, and love, and grace, and mercy – things that only God can give us. They are overflowing things – superabundant. Great peace have those who love your law (Ps 119:165). We are filled with an “inexpressible and glorious joy” (I Peter 1:8); We are blessed with a love that is “wide and long and high and deep” (Ephesians 3:18). And they are enduring things – things that will never pass away.

Yes, all the fat – all the very best things – are the Lord’s things. Isn’t this a wonderful truth? Praise be to our great and glorious God.

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