We are in an unusual season of harvest! When God says we are in a season of harvest, that means souls, prosperity, and rewards for work accomplished for Him. In all our prosperity, whether it be material, spiritual, emotional, or ideally, all three of those, I want to say something to you today –
The word “fat” is significant in scripture. If you are from a Western culture, when you hear the word “fat”, you likely have a negative tag associated with that word in your mind.
The Hebrew and Greek word that we translate into “fat” in the Bible had different associated meanings than today, partly because they existed in a different culture than we do today. Come with me as we pull apart and examine the scriptural and spiritual meanings of this word.
“Those that be planted in the house of the LORD
shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age;
they shall be fat and flourishing;”
The word used here, translated as “fat” means rich and fertile
, the best of any production
, specifically, to anoint
Fat is a prescribed offering to the Lord. Certain sacrifices in the Old Testament specifically called for the fat to be burned to the Lord. The burning of the fat is in relation to the peace offering and is the center of the five Levitical offerings.
Now don’t you worry that Im going to suggest we need to do the same – I only want to share with you the spiritual significance of the fat and what God reveals to us New Covenant believers today through His Word.
Here are the Old Covenant instructions for a peace offering. Notice what is said of the fat and what is instructed to be done with it:
“And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat thereof
the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat
that covereth the inwards, and all the fat
upon the inwards, 10And the two kidneys, and the fat
upon them, which is
by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away. 11And the priest shall burn it upon the altar: it is
the food of the offering made by fire unto the LORD.
12And if his offering be
a goat, then he shall offer it before the LORD. 13And he shall lay his hand upon the head of it, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and the sons of Aaron shall sprinkle the blood thereof upon the altar round about. 14And he shall offer thereof his offering, even
an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth
the inwards, and all the fat
upon the inwards, 15And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them
, which is
by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.
16And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is
the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the LORD’S
. 17It shall be
a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat
The fact that fat has been properly developed in the animal is, in general, a mark of its perfection
. It means that these people haven’t taken a scrawny, inferior animal and tried to pass it off as healthy. No, the animal has “fat” on it in the right places, giving a good witness of their sacrifice, and showing the significance of their sacrifice to the Lord. The fat on the animal is the internal sign that it is a real sacrifice of devotion, and not an impostor.
The fat portions which were burned are called “food of the firing for Jehovah,”
or “food of the firing for a sweet savour,”
i.e., or reached Jehovah by being burned
“And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD
at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation,
and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.”
is the richest part of the animal – it is the best of the best
. As we read in Leviticus 3:17,”this is a statute for all generations – “god gets the best”.” (paraphrasing for emphasis). This is not too hard of a meaning to translate into our new covenant reality. We are to give the Lord our best and utmost. Give God the best of your best – give Him the “fat!”
The reason we give god our very best, at a basic level of understanding, is because you can’t out-give God. When you give your absolute best to God, you get His
best in return – pressed down, shaken together and running over. (Luke 6:38). The ultimate reason for giving God our best is so that we have a clean conscience before Him, and because our conscience is clean, we can grow spiritually and be healthier emotionally.
23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
When we give God our best, we receive HIS best in return! The word used in the text from Luke – “FATTED” – in the Greek means “grain fed, stalled or installed, something that requires time and energy
.” God can give you something in a second that would take you years of time and energy to do on your own!
Finally, “fatness” is used figuratively
for the richness of God’s goodness. In Psalms 36:7-8, God’s Word promises:
“How excellent is
thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness
of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.”
Many examples pervade the Bible of the richness of the meaning of God’s prosperity, the signs of true sacrifice, and whole prosperity that is conveyed when God’s Word says fat. I want to leave you with God’s promise to those who follow Him from Isaiah 55:2:
“Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is
not bread? and your labour for that which
satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is
good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.”
People of God, we are in an unusual season of harvest! When God says we are in a season of harvest, that means souls won to the Lord into the kingdom of heaven, wholeness and prosperity, and rewards for work accomplished for Him. The richness of God’s blessing goes beyond description, but in our Bible, sometimes it is referred to as “fat.” Other times, “Fat” refers to a genuine sacrifice.
Precious believer, whether it be material blessings, spiritual peace or supernatural abilities, emotional health, or ideally, all three of those, you have a harvest coming to you from Giver of all good things! As you enter this season, remember – the “fat” belongs to the Lord!