“When you sacrifice a thank offering to the , sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf." Leviticus 22:29 NIV
This verse is probably not what you were expecting, however, for me, it is exactly what I needed. The Old Testament is full of seemingly strange laws and regulations, not the least of which is the "thanks offering". However, when you look at the thank offering, also called a fellowship offering, (Leviticus 7:11-13) or an offering of thanksgiving, you realize that it actually made quite a bit of sense.
This special offering was given by those who were in right standing with God. This was someone who understood their place in the covenant relationship and wanted to express gratitude. Yet, even then it still had to be given according to the standards. This was a yeast bread offering in most cases-essentially, breaking bread with God. Sharing what you have with Him, even though He is completely self-sufficient. He enjoys our company-isn't that the craziest thought? But it's true. He made us and He loves to hear from us.
Today, ready your heart for this season of gratitude. You will have to make some sacrifices, of time and energy, of letting go of some things and replacing them with others. Your offering of thanks during this season will need to be given in an acceptable way. Christ offered Himself to redeem us-to allow us to enter into the covenant through His blood. (Hebrews 9:14-15) But, we still need our feet washed at times.(John 13:10) As you pray today, thank Christ for His sacrifice.
Today's reflection questions:
"How can I ready my heart to offer a sacrifice of thanks to God? What does a thank offering really look like for me?"
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