LESSONS FROM OLD TESTAMENT SACRIFICES:
In the Old Testament, when you read through the list of acceptable sacrifices, you should feel grateful that you don’t need to live that way. However, we must take note of how specific God was in giving instructions that dictated true worship. Every sacrifice had a purpose, a method, and a particular application. One sacrifice cannot double for another. Each is separate and individual. Each required a perfect sacrifice — best, without blemish, and carried a cost for the person making the offering. Primarily, we need to grasp that people considered the sacrifice as an investment for the true worshipper; it had a cost to be paid and it required commitment.
Primarily, we need to grasp that people considered the testament sacrifice as an investment for the true worshipper; it had a cost to be paid and it required commitment.
It is true that Jesus is the one-and-only perfect sacrifice. However, if we say Christians must not sacrifice at all, then where does Lordship come in. It is natural that sacrifice is involved because as sinners were are the little lords of our lives. When we say Jesus is Lord and live out this truth, then that in itself is a life of sacrifice.
Presumptive Worship is Not Genuine Worship
It is dangerous to assume that a sense of entitlement because of our relationship with God. We were created for His glory. Presumptive worship is when we expect from God without first giving what He requires. When we do this, we literally take the name of the Lord in vain. It’s a mockery of God’s holiness. We cannot claim something we have no right to use.
Presumptive worship is when we expect from God without first giving what He requires.
If we are unable to sacrifice because we give the excuse of grace, then we are making a mockery of God’s grace. Grace empowers us to worship. God is holy, first and foremost, and He is to be worshipped. He will never allow Himself to be mocked. We must honor His name by making sure that the altars of our lives always contain a sacrifice to the Lord. God would never write His name on an altar of self-gratification.
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