Meditation

Meditation for 11/14/2019

“Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you. If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for your will defile it fro you use a tool on I t. And do not go up to my altar on steps, let your nakedness be exposed on it.” (Exodus 20:2426)

The mechanics of worship occupy an important place in biblical revelation. The sacrifices to the Lord, the place of such sacrifice, the priests who administer the sacrifices, the times and seasons stipulated, as well as the ingredients of the ritual of worship began to unfold here. The important thing is to realize that some form, some ritual or regulation, generally accompanies worship. A ritual for worship must be planned and designed. Worship may be individual or corporate.

In either case it is never consistently haphazard or casual. Definite patterns of worship are seen in Scripture. Such worship is directed o the one true God. God does not tolerate practices which people might confuse with worship practices of other gods or life-styles opposed to the One true God.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, it is clear that in these verses that You are teaching Your people about proper worship, and not some “thrown together event” that might be construed as similar to other religions or gods. There is a specific and well laid out plan of how to properly prepare and implement a worship service and there are no to be any variance in its preparation or the service itself. Thank You, Abba, that You love us enough to give us instruction in all matters of our worship and how it is to be carried out. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

KNOWING GOD:

This is the portion of the offerings made to the Lord by fire that were allotted to Aaron and his sons on the day they were presented to serve the Lord as priests. On the day they were anointed, the Lord commanded that the Israelites give this to them as their regular share for the generations to come. These, then, are the regulations for the burnt offerings, the grain offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the ordination offering and the fellowship offering, which the Lord gave Moses on Mount Sinai on the day he commanded the Israelites to bring their offerings to the Lord, in the Desert of Sinai (Leviticus7:3538)

From the very beginning worship included giving an offering to the Lord. Offerings should be given on a regular schedule. Israel’s worship included daily morning and evening sacrifices, as well as other special days and seasons of special offerings. Offerings and sacrifices represented the product of human labor as a symbol of gratitude to God. True sacrifice involves personal cost. King David insisted on purchasing land to sacrifice to the Lord, refusing to let the owner give him the land and offering. Old Testament animal sacrifice culminated in the New Testament in the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ. Because of the Lord’s atoning death, the apostle Paul called on Christians to offer our lives and our possessions to the Lord.

I AM:

Worship, Sacrifice: (2nd Corinthians8:1-8)

The churches in Macedonia provide an example of worship involving the giving of themselves as well as their material wealth to the Lord. By the giving of themselves, they were committing themselves in faith to the Lord (body and spirit), in additional to the material wealth.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Therefore I urge you brothers, in bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the patter of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2)

The New Testament shows the need of the giving of ourselves and all we are to God as an act of worship. Christ’s death on the cross fulfilled the Old Testament requirement to make animal sacrifices.

That aspect of worship is now expressed in the giving of our lives completely to the Lord and faithful giving of our possessions.

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