Saturday, January 1, 2011

Our Offering

Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. (Deuteronomy 11:16)

I pray you have been reading along with me, the Book of Malachi. I can't help but see the broken heart of our God as the sacrifices that were being offered lacked fear and reverence. To bring a blind animal, an animal with defect, when the Lord specifically gave instructions on what kind of sacrifice was acceptable to Him. That's like our children going out to the garbage and picking something up we discarded and wrapping it up and saying, "here mom, here dad, I want to express my love to you and thank you for being so good to me."

So today, when we enter the courts of the Lord, what do we bring? I'll make no suggestions because we have all been guilty of bringing something "less than" to the Lord. Father forgive us.  You have made it clear what is pleasing to you. You have been our Provision and from the very bounty that you have given us, we will bring a sacrifice, a gift acceptable to you. Father receive our lives afresh as an offering. May it be acceptable in your sight, our reasonable act of worship.

Let us come into His House with joy and a spirit of celebration as we come to worship our King! 

"When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.  “Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”—says the Lord Almighty.  “Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands. My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty." (Malachi 1:8-11)

God bless you!~Liz


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