Blessed Easter Sunday!
Today we celebrate His Resurrection; we rejoice as with Paul when he remembered the words of Hosea, But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” [1 Corinthians 15:54-55]
But before the victory there were His Ordered Offerings. Twenty-nine times the word “offer” or “offering” is used in Exodus 29.
- The sin offering: [29:14, 36]
- The burnt offering: [29:18, 25]
- The wave offering: [29:24, 26, 27]
- The heave offering: [29:27, 28]
- The peace offering: [29:28]
- The drink offering: [29:40, 41]
- The grain offering: [29:41]
- The continual burnt offering: [29:42]
His Ordered Offerings. Once fulfilled, He would meet with His people at the place consecrated by His glory.
It shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the doorway of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. 43 I will meet there with the sons of Israel, and it shall be consecrated by My glory. 44 I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar; I will also consecrate Aaron and his sons to minister as priests to Me. 45 I will dwell among the sons of Israel and will be their God. 46 They shall know that I am the Lord their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them; I am the Lord their God. [29:42-46]
How must we respond to His Ordered Offerings?
It’s difficult for us to relate to the stringent requirements placed on His people, the tent of meeting and the altar, in order to be granted the privilege of His Presence. But oh, that we would be awakened to His absolute and complete holiness and the devastating reality of our sin. His Ordered Offerings must be fulfilled. The Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled every Ordered Offering. Jesus alone.
The Bible is clear. Jesus is our perfect High Priest [Hebrews 3:1; 4:14]. When we place our faith in Christ for salvation we too are called into the holy priesthood of the believer. …You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. [1 Peter 2:5]
Today, as we worship and celebrate His resurrection and victory over death, let us remember our call to the holy priesthood. His Ordered Offerings have been fulfilled in Christ alone, but there is still an urgent call to bring Him our offerings… our very lives. May we humbly, and vigorously, answer the call.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. [Romans 12:1]
Let’s Grow Together!