TOPIC: Acceptable Sacrifice (DCLM Daily Manna 28 February 2021)
TEXT: Leviticus 9:17-24 (KJV)
17 And he brought the meat offering, and took an handful thereof, and burnt it upon the altar, beside the burnt sacrifice of the morning.
18 He slew also the bullock and the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people: and Aaron’s sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled upon the altar round about,
19 And the fat of the bullock and of the ram, the rump, and that which covereth the inwards, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver:
20 And they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burnt the fat upon the altar:
21 And the breasts and the right shoulder Aaron waved for a wave offering before the LORD; as Moses commanded.
22 And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings.
23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people.
24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.
Key Verse: “And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces” (Leviticus 9:24)
It is remarkable to note that the maiden sacrifice performed by Aaron and his sons as Levitical priests in the congregation of Israel under the leadership of Moses was ecstatically glorious. After the consecration of Aaron and his sons into the priesthood, Moses was detailed by God to offer sin and peace offerings on behalf of the redeemed pilgrims who came out of Egyptian captivity.
Our passage today captured the exercise of the first daily sacrifice of the meat offering together with the burnt offering of the morning sacrifice. The peace offering for the people was also prepared and presented unto Aaron and his sons who meticulously followed the prescribed pattern of sacrifice as directed by God through Moses. The obedience to this divine directive and harmony in the discharge of such a religious duty was honoured by God who consumed the burnt offering by fire.
The presence of God in the tabernacle and the pronouncement of blessings upon the people by Aaron show us that He delights in our obedience to His commandments and will. God has faithfully responded to the sacrifice and the worship of His people by His faith-building anointing power.
Anytime and anywhere true worshippers offer acceptable sacrifice, the holy God responds accordingly. As we draw near to Him in true repentance, faith and total surrender, He will accept us and our sacrifice of prayer and praise.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God delights in our sacrifice of obedience and submission.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.