In Leviticus 6:8–13 we find a recipe for the priests to come before the Lord for no other reason than to have alone time with God.
This offering was for pure worship and intimacy, and the recipe explained the proper way to come into His presence.
The burnt offering was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God slain to make it possible for us to have fellowship or intimacy with God. Although the Lamb was slain, the burnt offering hasn’t been done away with; it’s just done in a different form.
As believers in Jesus we are priests of the Lord (1 Pet. 2:5; Rev. 1:6; 5:10), and our lives are to be offered up as living sacrifices to God, holy and pleasing to Him (Rom. 12:1).
So the sacrifice is now alive, and the death we as priests die is to our flesh and our will, which is absolutely a daily, ongoing thing.
The burnt offering was different from any other offering or priestly duty.
Every other offering was made on behalf of the people—it was for others.
For example, the priest offered the grain offering so the people could have fellowship with God. The sin offering symbolized atonement and was offered so the people could be accepted in the sight of God. But the consumed offering was for God and God alone, an offering the priest made on behalf of himself.
The Bible says this particular offering was a sweet smelling aroma to God. The fragrance of this offering traveled all the way to the nostrils of God. Every time the priests offered the consumed offering, it was like they were sending an SOS signal to heaven, and what God saw was: They love Me. They need Me!
This offering is similar to our time of devotion in the mornings and evenings—an uninterrupted time set aside to pour out our hearts before God.
How the Lord loves when we take time out of our busy schedules to just love Him and ask Him what He thinks we should do or not do. He loves when we honor Him by reading His Word, which is basically God’s Heart in a nutshell on how to live life.
When we spend time with God, it’s just like sending Him a love telegram.
We are saying, “I value Your opinion because Your thoughts are way higher than my thoughts!”
Realize this: everything else the priests did was for someone else.
Yes, the priests had hectic schedules and important responsibilities, but what about their own souls?
What about the condition of their hearts?
Question: Do you need a much needed break to pour out your heart to God just because you love Him?
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