There is so many details written about offerings in the old testament, that honestly I have a hard time making sense of all of it. The past nine months, I have studied in detail the first four books of the old testament using a chronological bible. This act of worship has changed my life. Never before have I seen so clearly the story of God’s original children. To be honest, I’m a little obsessed and now that I’m in 1st and 2nd Kings, I keep switching back to the stories of Moses, their adventures in the wilderness, and the building of the original tabernacle, the first temple.
So here we are, Moses has built the first tabernacle for God to be able to dwell among his people.
The Cloud over the Tabernacle (Exodus 40:34-38)
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out-until the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.
The glory of the Lord is now dwelling among the Israelites. Notice I am not writing in past tense, because I want you to imagine that you are there. You can see the cloud above the tabernacle, and see God’s glory. On the day Moses set up the Tabernacle, he anointed it and set it apart as holy. Then the leaders of Israel, each leader from the twelve tribes, came and brought offerings. First they brought a grain offering. And then they brought a peace offering.
However, later for some reason, the Lord instructed Moses with more details about the offerings that should be brought to the tabernacle. This offering was a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord (Exodus 3:5) But Why? I believe, that through the provision of offerings, He is pleased and satisfied. Through the peace offering, God desires to fellowship with us.. We are told that the offering is shared by God, the priests and the offeror. At the end of the offering, the unburnt parts may be eaten by the person making the sacrifice (Lev 7:15; 19:5-6). This is totally unlike the burnt offering, where the entire animal is burnt up. (http://www.thefellowship.site/archives/substituted-peace-offerings)
Just imagine the peace you receive sharing a meal with those you cherish and love. There is no better picture in my mind, even in my own family, than sitting down with my family, my children, and spending that half hour of time just in fellowship with them. Having their undivided attention. Maybe, God feels the same way.
Today’s spotify playlist song is called “Peace” , again from Crossroads worship team. Enjoy!