Lesson for the Lord’s Day

And he shall cleave it with the wings thereof, but shall not divide it asunder, and the priest shall burn it upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire, it is a burnt-sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord. Leviticus 1:17

As you listen on a Lord’s Day, during the Lord’s Supper, as each brother rises in his turn to offer his worship to the Lord, have you ever noticed how very different they are? One brother might dwell at some length on the typology of the Old Testament offerings, another might speak of the various events in the life of our Lord that displayed His submission to the Father’s will, another might describe the sufferings of the cross, and a younger, newly-saved brother might say little more than how much he appreciated that the Lord Jesus was willing to die for his sins. As you listen, you notice that you appreciate one as much as another. That’s good, because the Lord does, too. Our text indicates that, when it comes to worship, the Lord received as much honour from the offering of the turtledoves as He did from the offerings of the bullock and the lamb.

This chapter, which describes the burnt offering, speaks of three levels of offering: the bullock, the lamb, and the turtledove. All required a different degree of cost, a different amount of preparation, and a different set of instructions. The rich man brought the bullock, the average joe brought the lamb, and the poor man brought the turtledove. And yet, at the end of the description of each of these, the same words are used to describe the Lord’s appreciation of it. This tells us that God desires, and expects, from each of us according to what we can afford.

Spiritually speaking, each of us is at a different level of maturity and understanding. We all have different talents and abilities. God knows all about that. And He doesn’t expect us to bring to worship or service what we don’t have, anymore than He would expect a poor Israelite to bring a bullock to the altar. But He does expect us to give of what we have, and use what we have and know, to give to Him what He deserves.

The Israelite who presented his burnt offering received no part of that offering for himself. It was enough to know that his offering sent a sweet savour upward to the Lord. We should also give of our worship and service to God with no motive of expecting God to reward us for it. And yet, we do receive when we render worship and service, far more than we give. Our preparation and participation in worship helps us to grow in our knowledge of Christ and His Word. Our participation in service develops our sense of responsibility, deepens our sense of fellowship with God and His people, and builds us up in our most holy faith.

Remember, God knows what you are to bring to Him today; have you brought it yet? – Jim MacIntosh

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