Today's Devotion (Tuesday)

Right Way To Worship God

NUMBERS 15:22-29

Key Verse:

"...All the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savour unto the LORD..." (Numbers 15:24).

God’s essential requirement for His children is that they remain holy in order to live to praise and honour Him. He therefore means to make a unique people, a holy race that "should shew forth the praises of him who hath called [us] out of darkness into his marvellous light" (1 Peter 2:9). The children of God are also peculiar partakers of indescribable Heavenly blessings. Therefore, they are to walk with God in holiness, truth and clear conscience. One major way of walking worthy of the LORD is to offer sacrifices of praise for His benefit and also to stay away from sin. The text opens with an instruction which the Lord gave Moses concerning the children of Israel. He emphasised that this practice was to be a habitual worship of thanksgiving to the LORD for every first blessing, or set of blessing, of the land (that is, of fruitfulness). The obvious reason here is to acknowledge that it is the Lord that gives us the power to get wealth. It is also a pathway for further blessings: "Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine" (Proverbs 3:9,10). Actually, the cardinal expectation of God is that we do His will in giving thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18) for His favours. We should also be concerned here with the proper disposition of a Christian when he or she falls into sins inadvertently. The Lord made a provision for the children of Israel who sinned through ignorance to be forgiven through a set of offerings that should be made by the priest for atonement (Numbers 15:22-26). Similarly, the LORD Jesus Christ has made the sacrifice for our sins and is ever ready to forgive and cleanse us, provided we repent and turn from the sinful lifestyle.

Thought for the day: Nothing else, but the Blood of Jesus, atones for sins.

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