Leviticus 3:6 Offerings Without Defect

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If you offer an animal to the LORD, you are to offer a male or female without defect. Leviticus 3:6

There are many different organizations that are willing to take donations of things to help other people. Two large organizations that do this are the Salvation Army and Goodwill. People are often willing to donate many different items to these organizations.

However, many of these donations are second hand items that are worn out or out of date items. While offering these things is better than nothing, it is not giving the best. It is often giving the leftovers or the unwanted things, rather than giving with joy and sharing the best.

As God was setting up the rules for the Israelites on giving offerings one of the things He stated was that the offerings had to be without defect. At the time, many of the offerings were animals. People would bring in animals that were no longer wanted, because of some defect in the animal. It was not an honor to bring those to God, they would dishonor God with a defective animal. They were not bring their best.

Although animals are no longer offered as sacrifice or an offering to God, people do bring offerings to God. Instead of bringing a defective animal, they bring what is leftover. Spending time with God in prayer is often hurried and as a last minute thought. Giving praise to God is often just a short quick praise or thanks with little to no thought or heart put into it.

The time and things given to God, should be the best and with full heart, not the leftovers or the broken. Offerings are to come from the first fruits, the best, not what is not really wanted or desired.

As you give your offerings and time to God, think about how you are giving and what are you giving to God. Are you giving God the best of  your time, things and abilities, or are you giving the leftovers and what you do not want?

God knows your heart and reason for giving. He also knows what your abilities are. Do not disappoint God with bringing only the unwanted garbage and things you do not want to God. Give only the best. Trust God to take care of you when you bring Him the best offerings to honor Him with all of your heart and life.

I pray today that you will desire to give to God what you have; that you will give only the best to God; that you will trust God with your giving to Him; and that your offerings to God will not be the leftovers or unwanted things only, but the best.

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Exodus 36:6-7 Give More Than Enough

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Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do the work. Exodus 36:6-7

Money and materials is something that is needed no matter who the person is or what organization it is. The different organizations of this world all need money to make things happen, to be able to do what is needed to be done.

Throughout the year a person will receive many requests to help provide for different organizations. The help is often in financial provision, while others may include at times physical things or physical help–workers. Very few groups can say that they have enough to meet all of their needs at the time.

As the Israelites were traveling in the wilderness, God instructed Moses to have the tabernacle built as a place of worship to Him. In order for the place to be built, there had to be supplies. These supplies were to be provided by the people.

The request for supplies was put out. No one was forced to give, it was all by individual choice. The people were excited to give and gave. They gave so much, that the request to stop giving had to be given.

Some people today often complain that churches and missionaries are always asking for money. Although the needs for finances cannot always be seen as something for building God’s kingdom, many are. Believers are to give generously with a willing and joyful heart.

If every person gave generously to the needs of the church, missionaries, and other believers, most needs could be easily met. The needs could be met well enough, that the need for more would lessen.

No matter how much you give, you cannot out give God. God has poured out many blessings on you and every believer. These blessings are to passed on to others, and not hoarded to one’s own self.

Take a look at your church, missionaries and other God-led organizations and see what they are in need of. Give what you can to help meet their needs as they work to build God’s kingdom.

If you, along with every other believer would give generously, the needs could be met in abundance. How is your giving today?

I pray today that you will see how God is providing for you; that you will give as God has given to you; that you will give generously to help build God’s kingdom; and that you will see God’s work through your giving.

Exodus 25:1 Give Because You Want To

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The LORD said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.” Exodus 25:1

Giving is something that brings much controversy. People wonder if they should give or not give. And then the question how much should they give, and when should they give.

Different organizations, that are not directly Christian, are always asking for donations and gifts to be given. People wonder if they should give. The world will often put pressure upon people to give. They set up advertisements to get people to give that lay a guilt upon the person who chooses not to give.

Some people give to look good to others or to get a tax write off. They are not giving so much as to help, but in order to get something for themselves.

While the Israelites were being led around in the desert by God, He had Moses ask the people for an offering. This asking was not a demand, but just a simple request. The only people who were to give were those whose hearts had prompted them to give. There was to be no guilt trip laid upon those who did not give or could not give. There was also no pressure put on the people, it was just a simple request.

In many churches, there is pressure to give. Speakers often preface the request with getting God’s blessings or the absolute need for each person to give. While it may be needed and God will bless the giver, it must also come from a willing and joyful heart, not to look good or because of peer pressure.

A gift that does not come with joy, is a worthless gift.

There will come days when you will be asked to give. You have to seek God and choose for yourself if you should give and how much you should give. If you are feeling in your heart that you should give, then give. Never give because you have to give. Never give under peer pressure. Never give just to look good. Never give just because you are told to give.

Give with a joyful heart. Give because you get a chance to take part in building God’s kingdom. Give because God has given you eternal life. Give because Jesus has forgiven your sins. Give because your heart tells you to give.

How are you giving today?

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will hear God’s guidance to you in giving; that you will give to God with a joyful heart; and that you will give for the right reasons.

 

Hebrews 10:6-7 What Pleases God

 

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with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll–I have come to do your will, my God.’ Hebrews 10:6-7

Determining what pleases a god is what a lot of people are trying to do all over the world. People in every religious belief are striving to please their god in whatever way possible.

The majority of people and religions focus on sacrifices to please their god. Several religions will offer animal or food sacrifices, while many will focus on physical sacrifice of self. People will beat themselves or deny themselves of pleasures of food or things in order to attempt to please their god.

While in false religions, where people are worshipping false gods, this is often expected, it also occurs within Christianity. There are many people who are offering sacrifices to attempt to please God. They give up certain things, they get rid of certain things in their attempt. At times this is needed because God has called them to do that sacrifice, but often it is just trying to please God without doing what pleases God.

In the verse today, it is quoting from Psalm 40:6-8 and what Jesus, Himself had also quoted about Himself. God did not really want all of the sacrifices that were prescribed in the Old Testament Law. What He wanted was an obedient heart, a person who would do His will–the very thing Jesus did.

Believers today need to focus on doing God’s will in every area of their lives. There will be times that they must offer a sacrifice, but in order for that sacrifice to mean anything, they must be doing God’s will and desire.

God’s will is for every person to love Him with all of their life and love others also. This means one will do whatever God wants, when He wants and how He wants it done. This means people will strive to be a living example of Jesus to the world.

You are a disciple of Jesus, so you are to live your life just as Jesus did.

Sacrificing your time and money does some good, but to please God focus on doing His will. Find out what God wants you to do and do it with a cheerful heart to the best of your ability. In this way you will please God.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will do what God wants you to do; that your life and heart will please God; that your life will be just like that of Jesus; and that God will be pleased with your thoughts and actions.

Deuteronomy 14:27 Don’t Neglect Ministers

And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own. Deuteronomy 14:27

After telling the Israelites to set aside a tenth of all the produce they grow, Moses tells the people not to neglect the Levites. The setting aside of the tenth was their way of paying tithe. The Levites were the leaders who ran the tabernacle in the wilderness, and later the temple in Israel. These men did not have a regular job on the side to provide for themselves. All their needs were met through the tithes and other offerings.

Today there are no more Levites in a temple or tabernacle. These people are now the ministers or pastors and other full-time leaders in the church. Many of these men and women do not have a full-time job outside of the ministry. They have dedicated their life to the work inside the church.

People look at many of these ministers and expect them to completely live on faith in God. They are often expected to live on very little or no money. Yet, it is through the offerings and tithes of the people who God meets the needs of these ministers.

God requires tithes to be paid. Offerings are an option for people. They are above and beyond the required tithes. These are what help build the minister and church beyond just the little that they are.

If every believer gave their tithe faithfully, the needs of the church would be met. If every believer gave offerings above those tithes, the needs of the ministers and others would be met.

God uses you to meet the needs of the church and its leaders. When you hold back any part of your tithe or offerings, you hold God back from meeting a need.

Just as you want your needs met, you should also want the needs of others in the church met.

How are you doing at giving God  your tithe?

How are you doing at giving God offerings above the tithe?

Are neglecting the ministers and church, or are you supporting them?

I pray today that God will help you to pay your tithe; that God will lay it on your heart to give offerings; that God will use you to meet the needs of ministers; and that as you help others, you will see God meet your own needs.

Leviticus 1:3 Correct Offerings

“If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect. You must present it at the entrance to the tent of meeting so that it will be acceptable to the LORD.” Leviticus 1:3

The book of Leviticus is a book of regulations of all requirements for the Israelites in following God. A large portion of it deals with the various animal sacrifices that are required. One of the common rules with all of the sacrifices of animals is that it must be without defect. This is stated over and over throughout the book.

An animal with a defect is one that has been injured, born with an abnormality, dirty, or weak. This animal had to be in perfect condition. If it was not in excellent condition, the sacrifice would not be accepted by God.

The idea behind God’s rules on this was so that people would not offer their worst or their leftovers. God only wants the best from every person. God was making a way to get right with Him. In the Old Testament it was through sacrifices of animals that the way was cleared.

In the New Testament it had changed. There was no longer any need for a sacrifice for salvation. Jesus became the perfect sacrifice without any defects.

Despite the idea that sacrifices are not needed for salvation, sacrifices to God are to be made on a regular basis by believers. Sacrifice of time, money, energy, material items, and the list goes on.

God pours blessings into your life so that you may in turn pour blessings into the lives of others. What God does not want from you is the leftovers. Many Christians get their paycheck, pay their bills, set aside their retirement, take some “fun” money, and then with what is leftover give some to God as an offering. This is a defective offering.

God wants the best from you. Give God your best time, efforts, and materials. He will pour out many blessings on you when you put Him first in everything. Don’t give Him the leftovers or the junk, but only the best offerings.

I pray today that you will understand the offering God gave  you in Jesus; that you will only give God the best of everything  you have and are; that you will learn to offer proper sacrifices to God daily; and that you will have the right heart towards loving and worshipping God.

Hebrews 10:5-7 Not Sacrifice, But Service

“Therefor, when Christ came into the world, he said: Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll–I have come to do your will, my God.” Hebrews 10:5-7

Even though God had set up the Old Testament Law of offerings and sacrifices, it was not what He ultimately wanted. All of those sacrifices could not remove sin nor change the heart of a person. The Law was just a set up to get the people ready for Jesus, who was prophesied about while Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, several thousand years before the Law came into existence.

People have a love-hate relationship with rules and regulations. They like them because then they know what they can get by with and still be legal. At the same time they hate them because it points out what they cannot do legally.

Look anywhere in the world and you can see that rules do not change hearts. People will still break the rules and follow their own ways, trying to not get caught.

When Jesus came, He came saying He was there to do the will of His Father. His heart was in the right place. As a believer you are to be just like Jesus.

Just like a parent wants their children to want to do the right thing, God wants His children to want to do the right thing. You were also prophesied about as being one of the many children of Abraham and one of the many to follow Jesus. In a sense “it was written about” you “in the scroll.”

How are you living your life?

Are you trying to offer sacrifices and offerings to God to please Him?

Or are you trying to please Him by doing His will?

Find out what God wants you to do and do it. That will please God. He wants your heart and service, not the sacrifice and offering.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that God will have your heart; that your life will be one of service to and for God; and that God will use you to reach this world for Jesus.