It’s day 7. It’s been one week. I don’t know about you but things are getting pretty challenging. I’m sitting here writing, drinking water, because I can not think of any thing to eat in my whole house that is not processed. My go to for cravings have been salted peanuts, but right now I just want to throw something in the microwave and just chow down. At least once a day, I have felt tempted to pick up a cracker, buy a bag of Cheez Its from the vending machine, but I keep coming back in my mind to the gift of this offering that I’m am attempting to give my savior. Why would He even care about this offering, this sacrifice, this time in the wilderness, this purification of my temple?
Then I’m taken back to the ancient days when God’s people gave Him offerings weekly. William Gilders of Emory University stated, “In the Hebrew Bible, sacrifice always involves transformation. One of the most common ways to transform something is to destroy it. Destruction removes the animal from the ordinary realm and transfers it to a transcendent one. Biblical texts tell us that God received the smoke of the burning sacrifice as a “pleasing odor” (see, for example, Lev 1:13). In so doing, God enjoyed a fellowship meal with human beings in God’s dwelling on earth—the temple.” Now as believe’s in Christ, God’s dwelling place via the Holy Spirit is within us, our bodies, our temples. How could we not want to transform the dwelling place of the Lord?
Today read through verses from Numbers about the laws concerning offerings. In this example the children of God were just told that they would not enter the promise land for 40 years . God said “Because your men explored the land for forty days, you must wander in the wilderness for forty years, a year for each day, suffering the consequences of your sins.” God spoke and then little by little He gave them directions how to live in the wilderness and what to expect when they got out. Remember what they had to eat in the wilderness? Manna and quail. That was it, but when they reached the promised land they would begin to eat real food again. They would begin to grow food again. And they would bring their food offerings to the Lord and later they brought these offerings to their temple.
“God spoke to Moses: “Speak to the People of Israel. Tell them, When you enter your homeland that I am giving to you and sacrifice a Fire-Gift to God, a Whole-Burnt-Offering or any sacrifice from the herd or flock for a Vow-Offering or Freewill-Offering at one of the appointed feasts, as a pleasing fragrance for God, the one bringing the offering shall present to God a Grain-Offering of two quarts of fine flour mixed with a quart of oil. With each lamb for the Whole-Burnt-… ” Numbers 5:1-5 (The Message)
Spotify song is playing right now as I write. “Here as in Heaven” by Elevation Worship. A few uplifting words as I write and listen, “The atmosphere is changing now. For the Spirit of the Lord is here. The evidence is all around. ” We are being transformed. Our atmosphere is indeed changing. Amen