Monday, February 24, 2014

The Lord Anticipates Offerings, Part 1

Scripture: Leviticus 10:1
Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them.

Insights: Today and tomorrow we are going to hang out on verse one of this tenth chapter.  Today we are going to lay out the foundation and tomorrow we are going to display some examples.  The imperative part of this verse is the last section, “which He had not commanded them.”  Nadab and Abihu offered what was not commanded by the Lord and by the mere fact they offered what was not commanded gives implication to the fact that something was commanded.  In other words, the Lord did, and let me add, still does, anticipate offerings.  Nadab and Abihu did right in offering to the Lord, but the Lord knows the heart of men.  These two offered something that was in contradiction to the Lord’s heart desire.  Another implication to this statement is they knew what they were doing was not going to please the Lord, but they did it anyway.  Beloved, we must be very careful in regards to our heart.  We must continually come to the Father and ask Him to search the depth of our hearts and to reveal to us specific sins of which we need to repent.  After this repentance, we are then able to offer a pleasing sacrifice to the Lord.  Let me emphasis again, He, the Lord, is anticipating your offering.  May you throughout this day seek His face and serve Him faithfully.  May your offerings bring Him pleasure as He receives Your offering of praise to Him.

  1. What kind of offering are you bring to the Lord?
  2. Have you ever thought about the fact that the Lord is anticipating you bringing Him an offering?

Prayer: Father, may my offering to You be pleasing.  May You be exalted and lifted up on high because of the sweet aroma of my gift of praise to You.  Let everything in me this day bring You honor and glory.  Amen.

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