Monday, April 21, 2014

Waving Praises

O. T. #272  "Waving Praises"
April 21, 2014
Leviticus 6-7 Part 2
His own hands shall bring the offerings of the LORD made by fire, the fat with the breast, it shall he bring, that the breast may be waved for a wave offering before the LORD. 
 Leviticus 7:30


As I look around, our farm is almost surrounded by trees. These trees have branches pointing up to the sky, waving in the breeze or wind. I wonder if they were made to do that, to point us to God, wave to Him. Can we do any less? As I sing to my Lord and Savior, I often lit up my hands, waving praise to Jesus, though I am a Baptist. The Israelite priests did as they offered the wave offering unto the LORD. Want to read more about it?
(Be the way, did you worship the Risen Savior on the Lord's Day, Sunday?)

We read in chapters 6 and 7 further instructions about the offerings for the sins of the Israelites and the legislation for the priesthood. They were given to Moses while on Mount Sinai in the wilderness.
What are some main points found here?
  • Priests were to maintain a continual burnt offering on the brazen altar, even at night. It signified Israel's devotion to God and a continual atonement.
  • Aaron's male children and decendents were to be future priests. 
  • The priests were allowed portions of offerings as a way of provision of food for them. 
  • Eating blood and fat were forbidden. They belonged to the Lord.
  • The motions which the officiating priest made while making a wave offering and heave offering unto the Lord, was vertically and horizontally moving the bread or meat in the sign of the cross.


What do we learn from these two chapters?
  • The love which Jesus has for us never ends, it is continuous.  Does my love for Jesus burn continuously in my heart?
  • Before the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, it was impossible to perfectly complete the offerings. (Guzik) Our salvation does not depend upon our works, but faith in Jesus, the one who was the sacrifice for our sins.
  • Paul tells us that the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. (1 Cor. 9:14) Are we supporting our pastor so he can live in the like manner in which we live?
  • Chapter 9:21 and 10:15 gave instructions for waving the offering before the LORD. When Jesus, our High Priest, left Bethany and the disciples after His resurrection, Jesus lifted up His hands and blessed them. Do we wave an offering before the Lord Jesus, lifting up our hands of praise to Him?


Let the love of Jesus burn continuously in my heart.

Lift my hands up to Jesus in praise.

Show and tell others of His love for them.

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