by Beverly Barnett
Saturday, May 18
The Kind of Offerings God Wants
“Ye shall offer at your own will a male without blemish,
of the beeves, of the sheep, or of the goats,” Leviticus 22:19.
When God gave Moses the laws concerning acceptable offerings, He was very specific about the condition of the animal. The animal had to be in perfect health, without disease, blemish or scars. Keep in mind that these sacrifices represented to Israel a type of the coming Messiah. He is the perfect, sinless sacrifice freely made on Calvary, once and forever.
Each time a sacrifice was made during this time period, it showed a repentant heart and a desire to obey God, but those sacrifices had to be repeated as necessary. The writer of the book of Hebrews stated that the annual bringing of sacrifices never made the offerer perfect or sinless. When Jesus laid down His life on Calvary’s altar, He completed the law of sacrifice. Through the once and for all sacrifice of Jesus, we only need to accept Him as our complete atonement for sin (Hebrews. 10:10-12).
Furthermore, do not think that we do not sin lest we become hypocrites. Whoever thinks that he may expiate his own sin is filled with self-righteous pride. He affronts Christ as he who comes to the altar with an offering of sinful pride. We cannot save ourselves!
REFLECTION: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).