Reading through the Bible I’m learning a lot. This would seem fairly obvious but I’m also realizing that I have to be intentional about having an open heart and not simply reading it to be able to say I read the entire Bible. It’s easy just to read it as I would any other book and not allow it to penetrate my soul.
I recently finished reading the Books of the Law: Genesis – Deuteronomy. With the exception of the first 11 chapters of 1 Chronicles Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy were the most challenging. God repeating to Moses and the people His laws. His sacrificial requirements.
I was thinking about the sacrifices last night. Here’s the notes I jotted down:
◙ The Israelites were required to offer sacrifices every day. One in the morning and one in the evening. In addition, there were sin offerings, peace offerings, offerings if you were a woman after every cycle, offerings after you gave birth, and the list goes on. Sacrifices were just that a sacrifice. God required the best. He wouldn’t settle for second best.
◙ The aroma of the sacrifices would have permeated the Israelite camp. If you’ve ever driven by or walked by a steak house or walked out of your house while someone is grilling burgers you know that the air around is heavy laden with with the scent of cooking meat. With at least two sacrifices daily, the aroma would have clung to their cloths, their tents, everything. They would have constantly been reminded of the offerings they made to God.
◙ The sacrifices were not consumed. The offerings were the sustenance for the priests and Levites.
◙ To not offer sacrifices was not only robbing God, but also the men were leading them spiritually.
Here is what this means for me (and you):
God wants our best. We are unable to live perfect, sinless lives but we are required to live holy lives. Living our lives for Him and not our own selfish desires.
As I daily offer my sacrifice to God the aroma of that will permeate every aspect of my life. I’ll make wiser choices. I’ll choose truth over lies, and holiness over sin.
I think the fact that the sacrifices were not consumed is what hit me the most. God did not simply rain down fire to consume the flour or ram or wine. They were offered God accepted and blessed the people. God will not consume me when I give my daily sacrifice. He will accept and bless and enable me to offer myself to Him the next day and the day after that.
When I choose not to live my life for God I’m robbing Him and I’m robbing myself. I’m robbing Him of glory and worthy praise, and I’m robbing myself of His blessings.