Topic: Acceptable Offering [Tuesday April 25, 2017]
Text: Leviticus 22:17-25
Key Verse: “But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you” (Leviticus 22:20).
The earliest record in the Scripture about the act of offering to God was the offerings made by Cain and Abel in the book of Genesis. This ended in an acceptable offering of Abel and the rejection of Cain’s. Abel offered an acceptable offering instead of Cain because he offered according to the word of God, as desired by God – no blemish; best of his flock, “firstlings of his flock”.
In our text, God called Israel unto a life of separation and in our text, instructed on how to offer oblation for all vows and freewill offerings. The house of Israel or stranger in Israel is to offer at his own will a male without blemish, of the beeves, of the sheep, or of the goat. “But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you.” No animal that is blind or broken or maimed or having a wen or scurvy or scabbed or anything that is superfluous or lacking in his part, bruised or crushed would be accepted by God.
For the believer to offer acceptably, it must meet the standard and requirements of God. It must be without blemish, offered according to God’s word, as desired by Him. Having given-up the sinful life through faith in the death of Christ and set apart for God’s use, a saint of God must spend his time with God and for His Service without complaining. He must also use his talents for the expansion of God’s kingdom by serving as a worker in the church without seeking remunerations, while gratefully presenting his treasures, that is, resources and valuables for the things of God. All these offerings must be given without blemish so that they would be acceptable by God.
Thought for the day: Unblemished service and sacrifice are an aroma of sweet smell to God.
Bible Reading in one Year: Judges 18-21
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