Leviticus 1

Leviticus 1 has the Lord now in the tabernacle and calling out to Moses.  He now has a place where He resides with His people.  He gives Moses instruction around the offering of sacrifices, telling him to speak to the people and let them know they need to offer a “male without blemish”.  Can you imagine trying to push off an imperfect animal as a sacrifice?  Sort of sneak it in if you have one that is a bit lame, or sick, or not doing well.  That doesn’t seem to be a very wise choice when it comes to giving to God.

We need to bring God our first fruits, and the best of what we have.  It is all His anyway, so trying to keep the best for ourselves is ludicrous.  God instructs Moses to have the people “bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting that he may be accepted before the Lord”.  This is some important stuff.  They didn’t have Jesus to cover their sin – His blood hadn’t yet been spilt on the Cross – so they were completely dependent on sacrificing animals to atone for their sin.  Scripture is clear that without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness.

So the priests had a very important job, and a very overwhelming one too.  God gives detailed instructions to Aaron about how to receive the sacrificial animals, how to throw blood on the altar and how to burn what was to be offered as a burnt offering.  The result of that offering was “a pleasing aroma to the Lord”.  It had to be pretty overpowering as they would be making sacrifices for the people and then burning parts of the sacrifice as a burnt offering.  But God loves our offering and worship, and this was how He wanted it done.

So how do you worship God?  What is your sacrificial offering?  Jesus paid the price for our sin on the Cross, and shed His blood so we no longer need to sacrifice as they did during this time.  But God still desires our worship and praise.  He still wants us to be in fellowship and communion with Him.  How are you making that a daily discipline in your life?  What are you doing to lift God up and make His name known around you?  How do you exalt Him and praise Him every day?  That is God’s desire!

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