DAILY MANNA FRIDAY 4TH NOVEMBER, 2022
DO IT IN HIS WAY
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, saying,
What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,
And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:
To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.
And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.
And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.
KEY VERSE: “And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations” (LEVITICUS 17:7).
In the book, Habits of the Heart, Robert Bellah and his colleagues interviewed a young nurse who represents the experience and views of the modern man about his relationship with God. Her thinking emphasises an individualistic way of coming to God, where everyone does according to their own preferences and offers their services anywhere it pleases them. This approach dominates spirituality in the modern world, yet it is not the biblical pattern of becoming right with God.
God established the proper place for the children of Israel to bring their sacrifices: the tabernacle of meeting. To worship and honour Him, an Israelite could not simply be individualistic and follow his heart, feelings or opinions. They were not permitted to slaughter their sacrificial animals outside the camp. It must be done with an officiating priest. Those who did not comply would be regarded as sacrificing “unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring.”
Service to God in worship through the talents, skill and time, which believers offer are incomplete until we present them where He exercises His unquestionable prerogative to choose for us. We may claim to be the possessors of these resources; but man would miss the latent blessings of worship through them if he does not submit to the approval of the One who would decree the blessings He has appointed His Church for corporate worship.
Man should honour his Creator at the place of the Lord’s choice of worship in order not to be “cut off” from His presence. Christians in the modern age must not be carried away by the doctrine of religious libertarianism, which says God is everywhere and can be worshipped everywhere, including dance halls and gambling centres. God is not present there, even if your lavish offerings are brought there.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Let your worship be in His way.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:1 KINGS 9-10
How your sacrifice can become sin
Not all sacrifices of praise, giving, offerings, worship, service to God or man, thanksgiving, prayers, fasting, etc. are acceptable and rewardable by God. The text shows that some sacrifices can actually be offensive to God.
1. Polluted sacrifice
a. If the sacrifice (including tithes) was not offered at the specified place that God appointed, it will not be acceptable to God, v4.
b. If it was not administered by God’s chosen priests or ministers, it would not be acceptable, vv5,vv4,76.
c. If it was offered to any other personality or object aside from the God of heaven, it is for the devils and there will be capital punishments, , I Corinthians 10:20.
d. If it was not offered according to divine specifications, it will become sin, vv2-4.
The divine specifications tally with the nature of God which includes holiness, righteousness, mercy and justice, Jeremiah 9:24. All shows of carnality in sacrifice or worship, no matter the so-called prophecy that may follow, are abominations and unacceptable to God. So careful.
Is pleasing God ALONE your sole motive while sacrificing?
2 Perfect sacrifice
a. Romans 12:1-2 listed four attributes of a good sacrifice. What are they?
b. If it is perfect, it will be acceptable and if it will be acceptable it must be perfect. No compromise because God is a God of perfection, Romans 12:1,2.
a.How does the quest to conform to the world affect believer’s sacrifices and worship and make them unacceptable to God?
b. What does Romans 12:2 ask you to do ²2222 in order to always offer acceptable and perfect sacrifices to God?
The word of God reveals the will of God ⅘through the help of the Holy Spirit. Be careful and diligent to know the will of God at all times and be committed to do it while avoiding sin, worldly mindset and love for self praise, self recognition and self will.
Lord, teach me to always offer acceptable and perfect sacrifices to you
Holy Ghost, convict me of all pollutions of self that always make my sacrifices polluted before you
Give me the heart that is always submissive to your will and your word
Lord, deliver and keep your church from unacceptable sacrifices
HYMN Give of Your Best to the Master
Good morning sir/ma.