Offerings or sacrifices were very important in the Old Testament. The people were asked and expected to do several offerings at different times of the day and the year. Each offering had special significance to the Lord and the people and brought different blessings. For example the Lord asked Abraham to offer up his only son Isaac as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains (Genesis 22:2). This particular ‘offering’ was only a test of Abram’s obedience to the Lord. Of course the Lord does not want a literal human sacrifice, that is what the heathen did, they offered up human sacrifices in an effort to appease or get favors from their false gods.
In the New Testament there is no need for literal sacrifices of lambs and sheep anymore, Jesus was the one sacrifice offered up once and for all (Hebrews 7:27). However, believers are asked to offer up certain sacrifices. Here are a couple of them.
- Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD – Psalm 4:5.
- Rather than animals we are to offer up ourselves a living sacrifice – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” Romans 12:1
- Offer up the sacrifice of praise -“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” – Hebrews 13:15
- “Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High” –Psalm 50:14
Written by Pastor Linda P. Jones©