Sunday, August 21, 2016
(page of Leviticus from an early German Bible)
Well, here we are . . . ready to delve into the third of the five books of the Law – Leviticus.
Leviticus is not known for being fun or light reading. Most of the book is a listing of laws, consequences, sacrifices and priestly roles – and some of it can seem as foreign to us today as a totally new – or ancient – language. But, don’t give up! Forge on and let’s see what we can glean from its pages for us today. In yesterday’s devotional thoughts we mentioned the importance of living holy lives – particularly for the priesthood which represents the Almighty. In the book of Leviticus Moses instructs the Israelites on what holiness would look like.
As I read the directions for the burnt, grain, fellowship and sin offerings I was reminded of a saying I heard many times from my Grandpa Clair Alcumbrack. Grandpa was a master craftsman who took great pains to get a job done right and generously gave most pieces away. When his work was being admired by the lucky recipient Grandpa would jokingly say it was, “Good enough for who it’s for.” We always knew it was just his humble way of accepting praise for a job well done. But it got me to thinking . . . how often do I forget who I am serving and working for – and the quality He desires from me. Would I ever be able to come anywhere close to saying that my offerings for God were “Good enough for who it’s for”?
Eight times the phrase “Without defect” is used in the first 4 chapters of Leviticus to describe the sacrifices the Israelites were to bring before God. These animal and grain offerings are no longer required since Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. But, can we learn something about what God expects from His children?
Let’s all check the quality of our offerings this week. Is it obvious – to ourselves, others, and to the Master Craftsman, by the quality of our offerings and sacrifices, that we desire to be His chosen people, a royal priesthood and a holy nation (I Peter 2:9)? Our Almighty Father deserves the very best we have to give – offerings “without defect”. What are we giving Him? What defects need to be removed from our offering in order for it to be pleasing to Him? A bad attitude? A timing issue? Poor quality control? A long list of excuses? How will you work to come closer to giving a sacrifice that is without blemish?
— Marcia Railton
( Marcia is the wife of Jason Railton and mom to 3, all of whom were at FUEL. Marcia is thankful for her Christian parents, Ray & Susan Hall, youth leaders and teachers, Bible College staff and church family who have taught the importance of loving God’s Word. She enjoys working with Family Bible Church, Basic Youth Group and Family Camp. Besides long walks on the beach… she enjoys crafting, quilting, camping, and caring for preschoolers in her home.)