Today’s Reading: Numbers 28:1-29:40 (additional reading Psalm 62:1-12 and Proverbs 11:18-19)
Key Verse: “Give this command to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Make sure that you present to me at the appointed time my food offerings, as an aroma pleasing to me.” Numbers 28:2
A question to ask ourselves is, “Who Are You Worshiping?” During the tenure of the great speaker Henry Ward Beecher, a visiting minister (Beecher’s brother) once substituted for the popular pastor. A large audience had already assembled to hear Beecher, and when the substitute pastor stepped into the pulpit, several disappointed listeners began to move toward the exits. That’s when the minister stood and shouted, “All who have come here today to worship Henry Ward Beecher may now withdraw from the church. All who have come to worship God keep your seats!” (Today in the Word, April, 1989, p. 22)
From the beginning, the secret to Israel’s blessing was when they had a good relationship with the Lord it was characterised by faith and obedience. Israel had to bring the right sacrifices at the right time and in the right way (John 4:22). Offerings had to be brought regularly and presented according to prescribed rituals under the priest’s supervision. This took time and gave the people opportunity to prepare their hearts to worship (vv. 1-2). Unless their hearts were ready, worship was meaningless, and the same is true for us today. It is so easy to go to services with souls that are not prepared to worship the Lord.
In today’s reading we saw six different offerings to be given:
- Daily Offerings – each day – two lambs – day by day (vv. 3-8).
- Sabbath Offerings – each seventh day – two lambs – on the seventh day (vv. 9-10).
- New Moon Offerings – first day of month – 2 young bulls, a ram, 7 lambs (vv. 11-15).
- Passover – no animal sacrifice (v. 16).
- Unleavened Bread – – 2 bulls, a ram, 7 lambs, a goat (vv. 17-25).
- Feast of Weeks – 2 young bulls, a ram, 7 lambs, a goat (vv. 26-31).
Each of the offerings had a different purpose to fulfil and a different route, but the ultimate goal was to please the Lord and delight His heart. Israel was different to the nations around them. The other nations had to have various festivals to satisfy all of their different gods, but for Israel, it was all about praising the one true God. Different way but the same purpose.
Throughout our lives, we are presented with different ways to worship God, but we must remember that every situation in life is an opportunity to praise and please God.
A while back I found this quote, “In Christian worship, the congregation is not the audience; God is the audience.” If you dance, dance for God, if you sing, sing for God, if you clean, then clean for the worship of God. Remember it Him we are aiming to delight.
- Who are you trying to please in the first place?
- How can you worship God through all that you do?
Father, Thank You that You are worthy of all praise and allow us to worship You through our whole life. Help us to be concerned for Your glory in all that we do. In Jesus’ name, Amen