Offerings

Posted: February 19, 2015 in devotionals
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Read: Leviticus 1-4

Reading Leviticus, it is pretty obvious that God is very specific with offerings. As one who is a Gentile (meaning non-Jew), what learnings can we get from the offerings?

#1 God is a God of specificity.

Merriam – Webster defines specificity as “the quality or condition of being specific”. Our God is concerned with the details. We, his children, must be aware of what pleases God, what honors Him, and more importantly, be cautious when we offer something. When we make a vow before God, we should do it. When we offer our lives to God, we should live as the owner is God and not ourselves.

#2 Sin has consequences.

When we ask for forgiveness for our sins, there is “payment” or consequences to it. It is not enough to say “I’m sorry”. There are corresponding offerings for sins, and today, we tend to just be verbal about asking forgiveness for our sins without really looking at the consequences. Leviticus teaches us that the payment for sin is costly. Indeed, our sins were paid in full by Christ on the cross. Paid in full. When we sin, we must remember that there is a corresponding payment to it. Sometimes, the consequences are paid for a lifetime.

#3 Worship is costly.

Looking at Leviticus, it would take time to prepare the offerings. It would cost the Israelite something to worship whether it be grain offering, peace offering or whatever he is offering to God. In the same way, our worship must come at a cost. It may cost us our time, our resources, but it does not come at no expense. With this in mind, we can look at the way we worship. Does it cost us anything or is it just lip service?

Some of us may opt to skip the book of Leviticus. I urge you to read it in the light of God still speaking through His word. Read it and learn from it. 🙂

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