We cannot get around the central message of the Bible that God loved you and he loved me so much that he gave his son who did not sin to become the sacrifice for our sin. I need the reminder. You need the reminder. And today might we offer ourselves to God…
1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Give this command to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Make sure that you present to me at the appointed time my food offerings, as an aroma pleasing to me.’ 3 Say to them: ‘This is the food offering you are to present to the Lord: two lambs a year old without defect, as a regular burnt offering each day.
9 “‘On the Sabbath day, make an offering of two lambs a year old without defect, together with its drink offering and a grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with olive oil.
11 “‘On the first of every month, present to the Lord a burnt offering of two young bulls, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect.
16 “‘On the fourteenth day of the first month the Lord’s Passover is to be held. 17 On the fifteenth day of this month there is to be a festival; for seven days eat bread made without yeast. 18 On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. 19 Present to the Lord a food offering consisting of a burnt offering of two young bulls, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect. 20 With each bull offer a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with oil; with the ram, two-tenths; 21 and with each of the seven lambs, one-tenth. 22 Include one male goat as a sin offering to make atonement for you. 23 Offer these in addition to the regular morning burnt offering. 24 In this way present the food offering every day for seven days as an aroma pleasing to the Lord; it is to be offered in addition to the regular burnt offering and its drink offering. 25 On the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.
Numbers 28:1-3, 9, 11, 16-25
8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
We see in Numbers 28, the Lord re-establish and remind Israel of the sacrifices they are to make, daily, weekly, and annually before the Lord. The sacrificial system was onerous and repetitive, and it served to remind Israel endlessly that they were sinful before God. They could not keep, not better than we could keep, the law of God. We all fall short of the law and requirements of holiness inherent in the character, identity, and commands of God.
And so sacrifices were made over and over and over. And all the while, God was not pleased with the sacrifices, according to Hebrews 10. God knew there was a better solution, a permanent, eternal solution to the issue of sin and guilt and the justice of God. And so God sent his son, Jesus to be our sacrifice.
We see that in the sacrifice of Jesus, we are made holy once and for all.
We can read the Bible every day and find all kinds of teaching and truth, yet we will keep coming back to the sacrifice Jesus made for us to make us holy before Father God and to secure our eternity with God in heaven. We cannot get around this central message of the Bible. God loved you and he loved me so much that he gave his son who did not sin to become the sacrifice for our sin.
I need the reminder. You need the reminder.
Perhaps we can, rather than making a burnt offering every day as happened in the temple, offer ourselves to God every day for his service and pleasure. Romans 12:1-2 presents this as our act of worship. God, today, I present myself to you. Use me as a representation of your mercy in our world. Use me so that others can know that you love them this much…