“And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.” Leviticus 17:7 (KJV)
In the days of Israel becoming a great nation, their deliverance from Egypt, and their journey through the wilderness there were nations wherever they went that offered sacrifices. The blood of animals and the blood of innocent human beings were offered as sacrifices to gods, which were not gods at all. In the verse above and in the New Testament they are devils or demons (1 Corinthians 10:20).
GOD had called Israel to be a distinct, a different people who respect and honor all of life; and worship only Him. Why wouldn’t the God who made all things command that His people worship only Him, and not follow after the demons of nations?
He has given them the sacrifice of the scapegoat (Leviticus 16), and other sacrifices to point solely to His way of salvation. He never intended these sacrifices to be for their salvation, but pointing toward the One who would come and give His life as the atonement for the sins of Adamkind.
When we, as Christians, give more attention to the things this world offers than we do to our Lord and Savior that is our whoredom against Him. Have you ever heard it called that. We commit adultery against the Living God when we do not give to Him His due from us.
Well, you may say, “I have my own things to do”, or “We do not have time to spend for ________” you can fill the blank in. I want us to stop and think for a moment of the sacrifice God has made to redeem us.
He gave us His precious, holy, just, and righteous Son, Jesus Christ, who did not know sin, or separation from the Father. The Son willingly laid down His life, becoming sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), and having become sin for us was separated from the Father, because He could not look upon sin. O the pain He suffered in our behalf; not only the physical, but the separation from the Father.
That is the greatest sacrifice ever made. And we complain or make excuse for our puny giving sacrifices. We care more about our bank accounts, our homes and fine cars than we do the Lord. God forgive us.
Give of yourself to the Master. Give of the strength of your youth. God wants you. He is calling. Will you hear?
Reading for February 09, 2018: Leviticus 18-20