Meditation

08/05/2020

Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites and say to them: ‘If any of you—-either an Israelite or an alien living in Israel—-presents a gift for a burnt offering to the Lord, either to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offing, you must present a male without defect from the cattle, sheep or goats in order that it may be accepted on your behalf. It must be eaten that same day; leave none of it till morning.’ I am the Lord.” (Leviticus22:1819, 30)

A gift in honor of our Lord is given freely, to honor our relationship with our Lord and most certainly with reverence to God, who deserves only the best.

This was true in Old Testament sacrificial offerings and continues to be true for Christians. It is a recognition on our behalf, of blessings received and respected. We give our very best, or at least the best we can give, to honor our relationship with God.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, for those in today’s times, this may seem strange or “out of date. However Abba, those who have worked in agriculture or with animals, it makes perfect sense. It reveals our relationship with Almighty God, that we make offerings, in appreciation and love for the blessings we pray for, and for all those that are answered for us. Abba, different cultures offer in their own ways; some have ceremonies dedicated to the four winds; some to the Spirit God; some to the unseen God; some to the One God. In each culture, we offer to You our best, for Your blessing on us and our livelihoods. Today, we pray for Your continued blessings on this community, this state, this country, to all countries and the entire world. Bring us through this pandemic, and let our words and our actions honor our relationship with You at all times. Calm people down, so that we can work on problems that we have, that we need to work out for the betterment of all people. This we pray, in Jesus’ name pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Jesus died for you, now live for Him.

KNOWING GOD:

Josiah provided for all the lay people who were there a total of thirty thousand sheep and goats for the Passover offerings, and also three thousand cattle—-all from the king’s own possessions. His officials also contributed voluntarily to the people and the priests and Levites, Hilkiah, Zechariah and Jehiel, the administrations of God’’s temple, gave the priests twenty-six hundred Passover offerings and three hundred cattle. Also Conaniah along with Shemaiah and Nethanel, his brothers, and Hashabiah, Jelel and Jozabad, the leaders of he Levites, provided five thousand Passover offerings and five hundred head of cattle for the Levites. (2nd Chronicles35:7-9)

Sacrifices to God were an important part of the Old Testament people’s giving and worship. God revealed the pattern of giving was pleasing to Him. Persons devoted to the Levitical law sacrificed animals and grain products as a way to seek God’s forgiveness in accordance with His revelation. The giving spirit intended in these acts continues among Christians but with the recognition that Christ Jesus made he eternal atonement sacrifice on our behalf. A leader’s example and testimony influences the response of the people. Leaders of today’s world, could certainly learn from Scripture, of the power of their position and the need to lead people, and not just dictate to them.

I AM:

After that, they presented the regular burnt offerings, the New Moon sacrifices and the sacrifices for all the appointed sacred feasts of the Lord, as well as those brought as freewill offerings to the Lord. On the first day of he seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the Lord, though the foundation of the Lord’s temple had not yet been laid.” (Ezra3:5-6)

Beloved, giving to God’s work should be done on a regular, continuing basis, and always with a cheerful heart. Only ongoing cooperation in giving can provide the resources needed for God’s work. This is where the urgency comes from, as the work of serving God requires a steady stream of offerings, to continue His work in our world.

Second Thought of the Day:

This is the special gift you are to offer: a sixth of an ephah from each homer of wheat and a sixth of an ephah from each homer of barley. The prescribed portion of oil, measured by the bath, is a tenth of a bath from each corn (which consists of ten baths or one homer, for ten baths are equivalent to a homer). Also one sheep is to be taken from every flock of two hundred from the well-watered pastures of Israel. These will be used for the grain offerings, burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to make atonement for the people, declares the Sovereign Lord. All the people of he land will participate in this special gift for the use of the prince in Israel. It will be the duty of he prince to provide the burnt offerings, grain offerings and drink offerings at the festivals, the New Moons and the Sabbaths—-at all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel. He will provide the sin offerings, grain offerings, burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to make atonement for the house of Israel. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In the first month on the first day you are to take a young bull without defect and purify the sanctuary.” (Ezekiel45:13-18)

As previously noted, all of the offerings may have seemed to be a burden, but God was teaching His people to understand their relationship with Him and His relationship with them. The offerings essentially leveled the playing field, as all gave equally, even though some made more than others. The importance was that all were to participate in the offerings to God, which allowed them to developed their relationship with Him in a meaningful way.

Stewardship with is what all of this is now called today, is a part of renewal. Ezekiel described life for a nation restored from exile and captivity. They would give sacrifices to seek atonement for their sins that let to their captivity, and to express their worship of God in response to their release from captivity. So, what is it that you need to atone for in your own life? What is it that you need to bring before God to worship Him and thank Him for in your own life.

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