Seize the Moment – Day 567

A Living Sacrifice!

Numbers 8


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, October 5.


Christians are commanded to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ in a very specific way—by presenting themselves to God as living sacrifices. Paul wrote this in Romans 12:1,
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”


Do you understand what this would have meant to Paul and a Jewish audience?


The precedent for a group of people being a living sacrifice to God is found in Numbers 8:9-11:


So you shall present the Levites before the tent of meeting. You shall also assemble the whole congregation of the sons of Israel, and present the Levites before the Lord; and the sons of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites. Aaron then shall present the Levites before the Lord as a wave offering from the sons of Israel, that they may qualify to perform the service of the Lord.


A “wave offering” is a technical term in the sacrificial system for an offering presented to God but not put on the altar for consumption; it was, instead, given to the priest (Leviticus 7:30-34). In today’s chapter, this term is being used in a peculiar way—a group of people are being offered to God, not for destruction, but for consecration and given to the priests for the work of the tabernacle.


Therefore, when Paul calls you, a Christ follower, to present yourself as a living sacrifice to God, he is calling you to participate in the ancient consecration rite of being a “wave offering.” God is inviting you to live a set apart (holy) life for His purpose of redeeming you—“to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5b).


Seize the moment and find your life by giving it as a living sacrifice to God.

God bless your day!
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