What is a fellowship offering?


“If they offer it as an expression of thankfulness, then along with this thank offering they are to offer thick loaves made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in, thin loaves made without yeast and brushed with oil, and thick loaves of the finest flour well-kneaded and with oil mixed in. Along with their fellowship offering of thanksgiving they are to present an offering with thick loaves of bread made with yeast.” Leviticus 7:12-13
            A fellowship (or peace) offering was a gift expressing love to placate a relationship.  It was a way to make sure that the relationship was good between the person and God.  In the Bible this fellowship offering could be given freely, as a gesture of appreciation (Leviticus 7:12), or to celebrate a vow that was fulfilled (Leviticus 7:16).
            Unlike other offerings eaten completely by the priest (sin offerings) or totally burned up (burnt offerings), this one was consumed by the priest and the one offering the sacrifice.