Mar 7 (Daily reading: Numbers 28-30) Last week, we discussed our offerings. Numbers mentions sin offerings, burnt offerings, peace offerings, wave offerings, heave offerings, grain offerings, drink offerings, offerings made by fire, vowed and freewill offerings, offerings of bulls, goats, rams, lambs, doves, or pigeons, and daily, weekly, monthly, and annual offerings. Perhaps God went to so much detail and precision to make it easier for them to obey. Some believe that living by a checklist would be easier than living by faith! But as we have seen, offering ourselves by faith is much better than the legalistic offerings of the flesh. As Paul wrote, “Present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship” (Rom. 12:1, AMP).
Offering ourselves by faith is significant because we are recommitting ourselves to God. The Hebrews observed occasions called “holy convocations” (or holy or sacred assemblies), which are mentioned multiple times in our reading today and in the Pentateuch (the five books of Moses). These occasions were times when the Hebrews would come together to worship God, to acknowledge His sovereignty and to experience spiritual renewal through confession and rededication to the Lord and to His ways and purposes. May God inspire us to rededicate ourselves to Him (both personally and corporately) every time we meet together in worship and Bible study.
– Al Gary