Giving The Best to God

After studying the Altar of Burnt Offering, let us continue to study on the offering itself.
There are 5 types of offering in the Old Testament, namely
-Burnt offering
-Grain offering
-Peace offering
-Sin offering
-Trespass offering
Leviticus 1-5 gives the details of each of this offering.
There are at least 2 points we can learn from this passage

1.For some offerings, God gave ‘flexibility’ on the type of offering depending on the financial ability of the Israelites.

The rich Israelites sacrificed bulls.
The average sacrificed sheep or goats
The poor sacrificed pigeons or turtledoves.
As New Testament saints, we no longer bring animal sacrifice as Lord Jesus has sacrificed Himself.
Nevertheless, the same principle applies to us:
When we offer our finance to God, it is according to our individual financial ability (1 Cor 16:2)

2.The Israelites offered the best to God

When they offered animal sacrifice, the animals must be without blemish
Such an animal would have potential source of meat or leather or wool.
They could have sold the animal for a sum of money.
Nevertheless, they gave it to God.

When they offered grain to God, it was of the fine flour.
It was the best grade of flour which would later be deemed fit as a part of king’s diet (1 Kings 4:22)
It was a form of respect: if the flour was not presentable to a king, it was not presentable to God either.

Later on, in the book of Malachi (Mal 1:7-8), God rebuked the people for giving the defective offering (the lame, the blind, the sick animal) to Him.
God even challenged them to present such offering to a governor.
If the governor would not be pleased with it, why would God be?
For the Israelites who were not financially able, God accepted their pigeon or turtledove sacrifice.
Nevertheless, it does not mean they could offer sickly pigeon.
At the very least, they still would sacrifice a healthy pigeon.

 

Based on these two points, let us re-evaluate our giving to God.
All of us have different financial position.
Nevertheless, when we consider our giving to God (tithe, offering, building fund, etc), does it really reflect the best within our financial mean? 

Giving the best to God is indeed costly
Nevertheless, if God has already given His best (Lord Jesus) to us, why can’t we give our best back to Him? 
Let us not lose to the ancient Israelites.
If they could give their best to God within their financial mean, we can do the same too.

 

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Posted July 21, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

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