Scripture: Leviticus 1-4. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Israelites arrived safely to Mount Sinai, and the Tabernacle had been completed. God was ready to teach the people how to worship there and show them a new way of life with exact instructions on how sinful people can relate to a holy God. God gave instructions for the Burnt Offering, the Grain Offering, the Fellowship Offering, and the Sin Offering. The beginning chapters of Leviticus describe the variety of offerings and how they were to be used.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Forgiveness is a part of God’s loving nature. God wants to be active in our lives. The first four offerings that we learn about in Leviticus each serve a different purpose. The Burnt Offering was to make payment for sins in general. People could show they were devoted to God. The Grain Offering was to show honor and respect to God in worship. The Fellowship Offering was to express gratitude to God, and the Sin Offering was to make payment for unintentional sins of uncleanliness and thoughtlessness. Although we do not use these rituals of offerings in this day and age, we, too, can show how devoted to God we are just by our actions. We can express gratitude to God and thank Him on a daily basis for all that He has done for us. We also can ask for forgiveness each time we mess up, and God forgives us. We all sin, but we are forgiven and have a second chance at life because of God sending His one and only son to die for us.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, thank you for this beautiful day. Thank You for being such a loving and forgiving God. Help us to show our devotion, honor and respect to You through all of our actions, letting others know that You are working in our lives. Please forgive us for the many sins that we have committed, for we are imperfect. Help us also to forgive others, just as You have forgiven us. Thank You for sending Your son Jesus to die for our sins. We love You and thank You. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.