God sure knows how to throw an EPIC BBQ!
Leviticus 3 outlines the procedure for a fellowship offering – an offering not to make peace w/ God (that was the sin offering) but to enjoy peace w/ God. The Bible doesn’t explicitly state what is to be done w/ the meat but it appears some of it was to be given to the priests and the rest to be eaten by the one who brought the offering.
Then we find this passage in 1 Kings 8 when Solomon dedicates the temple:
62 Then the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices before the LORD. 63 Solomon offered a sacrifice of fellowship offerings to the LORD : twenty-two thousand cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the Israelites dedicated the temple of the LORD.
Can you imagine? 22,000 cows and 120,000 sheep! Can you imagine all the brisket and all the racks of lamb?! Solomon was given incredible wisdom by God, so no doubt, he knew how to slow cook meats to perfection.
We later find in 2 Chronicles 30 that Hezekiah celebrated Passover:
22 Hezekiah spoke encouragingly to all the Levites, who showed good understanding of the service of the LORD. For the seven days they ate their assigned portion and offered fellowship offerings and praised the LORD, the God of their fathers.
23 The whole assembly then agreed to celebrate the festival seven more days; so for another seven days they celebrated joyfully. 24 Hezekiah king of Judah provided a thousand bulls and seven thousand sheep and goats for the assembly, and the officials provided them with a thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep and goats. A great number of priests consecrated themselves. 25 The entire assembly of Judah rejoiced, along with the priests and Levites and all who had assembled from Israel, including the aliens who had come from Israel and those who lived in Judah. 26 There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. 27 The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people, and God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, his holy dwelling place.
For seven days there were fellowship offerings, and then 2,000 bulls and 17,000 sheep.
The Bible makes me hungry! Both for God and for BBQ! 🙂