Devotional February 16, 2017
Leviticus 1 | Leviticus 2 | Leviticus 3 | Romans: 9 1-29
Hey everyone, I hope your day is going well so far. I am exhausted. I had Monday through Wednesday off, but it was non-stop. Even with the busyness, I was able to accomplish some really cool things and finish up some projects that I have been procrastinating on. Yesterday I started writing my one word challenge article. This one word challenge is basically breaking down your 2017 in one word. What word will you strive for this year? I am having lots of fun putting it together. To check out the full series, go to www.worshipexposed.com.
I finished up the book of Exodus and now beginning the book of Leviticus. Chapters 1-3 in the book of Leviticus talk mostly about procedures and how to conduct burnt offerings to the Lord. There were strict specifications and procedures that God requires for burnt offering, but one thing that really grabbed me about the preparation of the offering was that God always wanted an animal with no defects. This sacrificial offering was something that the Lord accepted in place of us to purify us and make us right before God.
As I write I first think about Jesus and how he was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. The bible says that in his 33 years of life he did not commit one sin. He was betrayed. He was disrespected. He was mocked. He was tortured. He was lied to. He was rejected and ultimately, he was put to the death – but despite all that Jesus still never sinned. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. He was the perfect lamb. He represented us and took our place on the cross. He was perfect and without defect.
Now what about us? Does God call us to be Holy? Yes. Does God require a level of sacrifice from us? Yes.
If it does not cost you something, then it was not a true sacrifice. I heard that saying years back and that could not be truer. Every day we must live as living sacrifices before God striving to be holy and acceptable before the Lord. Luckily for us, we don’t have to do sacrifice animals or do similar sacrifices of old because Jesus paid the highest price for us by giving of himself on the cross and because of that sacrifice we are made right before God.
We may not need to kill animals on an altar in this day and age, but God is looking for a different type of sacrifice that is within us. Look what the book of Micah chapter 6 verses 6-8 say, "With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
What does the Lord require of you? ACT justly, LOVE mercy, and WALK humbly with your God.
At the time of Exodus and Leviticus God wanted animals for sacrifice without any defects. Now God does not require the sacrifices of animals, but God still requires sacrifice without defect , but the beauty of now is that if you do have defects – which we all do – God still accepts you as you are, cleans you up, and makes you right before him.
Application Question: What sacrifices are you making today that are setting you up for a better tomorrow? Better yet, what are some sacrifices that God is wanting you to make?
Take some time and think about this.