Numbers 28 & 29
28:1- The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the people of Israel and say to them, … ‘You shall be careful to offer to me (offerings) at its appointed time.’…” 29:39-40- “These you shall offer to the Lord at your appointed feasts, in addition to your vow offerings and your freewill offerings, for your burnt offerings, and for your grain offerings, and for your drink offerings, and for your peace offerings.” So Moses told the people of Israel everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Reading over these two chapters exhausted my flesh and wearied my mind… but then thrilled my soul!
The people of Israel were commanded to provide specific offerings on the Sabbath, throughout the month, and during the Passover and Feast of Weeks. More were required during the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and during the Feast of Booths. And these offerings didn’t just consist of one item that was walked up an aisle and laid in a basket. Oh no. There was quite a drastic number of requirements that accompanied each one. I honestly don’t see how they had much time to do anything other than prepare for these times. And don’t get me wrong… I am fully aware that God truly deserves everything we could ever offer and a million times more… but I also understand that we humans are entirely too insolvent to provide even a fraction of that. Trying to work for our salvation or earn a life of peace is a tiresome and impossible feat.
Could you imagine how different life would be if we had those same kind of expectations placed on us? Would it even be possible for us to make it through life and please God? He still deserves the same kind of sacrifices as He did back then, so why aren’t we required to do as they did?
Because Jesus paid the ultimate price that we owed. (Romans 6:23, 1 Timothy 2:6) He was the purely perfect sacrifice for us all. (Romans 5:6, Romans 5:8, Hebrews 10:12) He gave Himself up as the only offering ever truly worthy of God’s acceptance. He so wanted a relationship with us, that He made it entirely attainable by preparing the way for us in advance. (1 John 4:10, Ephesians 1:7)
Welcome to Grace, everyone. We live in it every single day. That pressure, that obligation… they’ve now been replaced with relationship. A personal, one-on-one, precious partnership. I don’t have to work for His approval, but I want to please Him. He doesn’t have a checklist for me to complete every day, but because I love Him, certain activities have become a part of my daily routine. There’s no set of rules, per se, that I have to abide by, but knowing Him and walking with Him closely have caused me to take on characteristics that are indicative of Him. Simply acknowledging and accepting His sacrifice, and appreciating Its significance in my life, put me in good standing with the Most High.
If you’ve been a Christ-follower for any amount of time, thank Him this morning for doing all the work and providing you the benefits. If you’re not quite sure you’re qualified to be one of His, let me assure you… you’re not. But none of us are! That’s the whole reason Christ laid down His life as an offering for us all. He took our place and pleads on our behalf for God’s favor. All we have to do is accept His sacrifice and trust Him to lead our lives. It’s that simple!
“Jesus paid it all! All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, but He washed me white as snow.”
Prayer: Lord, I just want to take a moment to thank You for what You sacrificed for me. I know I don’t even remotely comprehend the magnitude of Your love, but I know it’s deep and unconditional. You made a way for me when I was unable to do so on my own. You clothed me in Your righteousness, took away all my shame, and walk next to me daily to bestow favor and mercy. Help me to never forget the greatness of Your love and grace. In Your name, amen.