Giving Thanks for the Lamb

[Updated from the archives.]

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Wild turkey are prevalent in our town. Watch out when you meet one on the running trail. (Wikipedia)

Wild turkey are prevalent in our town. Watch out when you meet one on the running trail.
(Wikipedia)

Lots of people like to have turkey on Thanksgiving. I’ve decided to focus on the Thanksgiving Lamb.

If you offer an animal from the flock as a fellowship offering to the Lord, you are to offer a male or female without defect. If you offer a lamb, you are to present it before the Lord. (Leviticus 3:6-7.)

Along with their fellowship offering of thanksgiving they are to present an offering with thick loaves of bread made with yeast. … The meat of their fellowship offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the day it is offered; they must leave none of it till morning. (Leviticus 7:13, 15.)

Lambs as offerings of thanksgiving: have you ever considered what this means for Thanksgiving Day?

  • Jesus is the one Isaiah spoke of when he said:

… he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7.)

  • Jesus is the one John the Baptist spoke of when he said:

Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29.)

  • Jesus is the one John the Apostle wrote of when he recorded the heavenly choir singing;

Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise! (Revelation 5:12.)

  • Jesus is the one the writer of Hebrews spoke of when he said:

We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:10.)

The Lamb of God, photo by John Workman in St. Ignatius church in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Wikimedia)

The Lamb of God, stained glass detail, photo by John Workman in St. Ignatius church in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
(Wikimedia)

And so we have much to be thankful for in Jesus:

the Lamb who was slain,

the Offering that never needs repeating,

the One who has made us holy and clean,

the King who bids us welcome to his kingdom,

the Brother who invites us into fellowship with the Father,

the Savior who gave us his Spirit to live within us for eternity.

This Thanksgiving I give thanks for the Lamb.

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5 Responses to Giving Thanks for the Lamb

  1. Pastor Bob says:

    Lamb vs turkey?

    Any day — pass me some lamb!!

    Blessings!!

  2. Laura Droege says:

    Bronwyn just wished me a “redeemed thanksgiving” on my blog, and I thought of that phrase as I read this post. Because of the Lamb, we are redeemed; because of the Lamb, we give thanks. I love how that passage in Leviticus points out, they should leave “none of it until morning.” To me, that implies they are to participate in the abundance of the thanks offering, enjoying it and being nourished by it. Keeping leftovers (hoarding or storing them) would imply a lack of trust in God, a fear that even though he provided once, he might not provide again.

    One question: If I were to meet a wild turkey on the running trails, what might happen? I’m curious!

    • Tim says:

      Usually they get out of the way. In packs, they might not be so thoughtful so then you have to run around them. It’s best not to run through them though, because they might just come your way. I don’t know anyone that has been injured by them but they can flap their wings quite strongly.

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