During day 20’s devotion, I mentioned briefly the topic of lepers. My goal today was to research the topic of leporsy and Jesus’s interaction with this people group. But what I found instead went back to our topic of offerings. Read the text below from Matthew 8:1-4.
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
8 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy[a] came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
Do you see it? In verse 4. Jesus asked the leper to present an offering to God, just like in the days of Moses, for as yet the ceremonial law was not abolished: and therefore, as Christ was subject to it himself, so he enjoins others the observance of it. Very interesting huh?
During the days of Moses there were specific rules and rituals about cleansing after healing of a disease. See Leviticus 14:1-14. In verse 10 the person infected must bring an offering. Note, they must bring an offering.
“On the eighth day they must bring two male lambs and one ewe lamb a year old, each without defect, along with three-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering, and one log of oil. 11 The priest who pronounces them clean shall present both the one to be cleansed and their offerings before the LORD at the entrance to the tent of meeting.”
We may never know the real reason that Jesus thought following this law was still important. Whether he was appeasing the Jewish people around him or trying not to start more drama. No matter what the reason is, the importance of presenting our God with an offering of gratitude can not be underscored. Our Lord heals today the same as he did yesterday, 2000 years ago, and during the days of Moses. I do struggle with today, what offerings are adequate to bring forward to God . It seems so ungrateful to thank our Lord for dying on the cross for me. Back then things seemed so specific, “two make lambs, and one ewe lamb a year old”. What I possible give?
Greg Laurie, american author and pastor recommends the following:
“Fortunately, Scripture gives us a good blueprint for some ways that we can show our thanks to God.
1. We can give Him our praise. The psalmist says in Psalm 63:3–4, “Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. “
2. I should keep my promises to God. Psalm 116:18 says, “I will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of all His people” (nlt).
When you prayed to receive Christ, you made a promise to God that you would turn away from your previous sinful lifestyle.
3. We can honor the Lord by bringing our offerings to the Lord. 1 Chronicles 16:28 says, “O nations of the world, recognize the lord, recognize that the lord is glorious and strong. Give to the lord the glory He deserves! Bring your offering and come to worship Him. Worship the lord in all His holy splendor” (nlt).”
Yes, honor, praise,keep your promises and worship. These gifts could be good beginnings.
Today’s song is another from Lauren Daigle, her 2015 album. Her voice is just gorgeous. We are so lucky in the christian community to have such a beautiful voice to sing God’s praises.