Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Lord Anticipates Offerings, Part 2

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 we give some examples of God’s anticipation of our offerings.  The Westminster Catechism’s first principle is: Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God, and TO fully enjoy him forever.  Let us look to the book of Revelation and observe the offerings of worship that are presented to God in glory for His pleasure.  The scene is found in the fourth and fifth chapters.  The first bringers of offerings to the Lord are the Four Living Creatures (4:8) - day and night they do not cease to say, "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME."  The next group is the Twenty-four Elders (4:11) - "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created."  The third example of worship comes from both the Living Creatures and the Elders (5:9-10) - And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. "You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.  The third group discovered is the Angels (5:12) - saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing."  Then the final group is EVERY ONE (5:13) - And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever."  In Madeleine L’Engle’s book Many Waters she describes the voice of God’s creation speaking to humanity during the time of Moses.  Those characters closest to God could still hear creations voice just like we will hear their voice in eternity.  The point is we were created to worship and the Lord God anticipates it.  Beloved, WORSHIP!

  1. Are you longing for the day in which you will be able to worship the Lord ceaselessly?
  2. Until that day, how pleasurable do you think your worship is to the Lord?

Prayer: Father, I so desire to be pleasurable to You.  Receive my worship this day as an offering to You and may it bring you joy, pleasure and satisfaction.  Thank You for such a gift to be able to commune with You and to adore You.  Praise to Your holy Name!  Amen.

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