Peace: How to
The first time Thanksgiving is mentioned in the Bible is in Leviticus 7:11 – 14,
“These are the instructions regarding the different kinds of peace offerings that may be presented to the LORD.
If you present your peace offering as an expression of thanksgiving, the usual animal sacrifice must be accompanied by various kinds of bread made without yeast—thin cakes mixed with olive oil, wafers spread with oil, and cakes made of choice flour mixed with olive oil. This peace offering of thanksgiving must also be accompanied by loaves of bread made with yeast. One of each kind of bread must be presented as a gift to the LORD.”
Three types of bread. Thin crackers. The Israelites made unleavened bread to remind them of the hard times in Egypt, when they made the bread to sustain them as they fled captivity. Even the thinnest thanks can sustain us in hard times and lead us out of captivity.
Wafers. After the escape we become able to give a greater thanks. This becomes the cakes. The rich, satisfying type of thanksgiving that comes out of a celebration of fullness.
And all thee were to be offered drenched in oil. The oil of Holy Spirit goodness. Mmm. He gives me strength to offer the crackers and Joy to give the cake.
And all of this amounts to Peace.
“The meat of the peace offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the same day it is offered. None of it may be saved for the next morning.” – Lev 7:15
Enjoy the things that come to you out of Thanksgiving. I heard a story once about a child who had come out of a poverty situation. His foster parents began to find bits of food stashed about his room, things from dinners that he’d hidden away. Saving it because his life had been filled with uncertainty. When would there be food again?
I think God made that command to symbolize the trust that we can have in Him to continue to provide for us. We give thanks and enjoy what we have without trying to save it up for tomorrow.
How often I have felt myself trying to do that with Joy and Peace.
There is more than enough for tomorrow! Woohoo! I will enjoy and thank Him for what I have today, what I had yesterday, and I know that He is a good Father of more-than-enough. Who in a royal court is hungry?