Offering Accepted (Leviticus 8-9)

24 And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces Leviticus 9:24

I had just finished my first project in my High School Industrial Arts Class.  I presented it to my teacher with the greatest of pride.  But then my pride hit the dirt when my teacher said, “Go back and try it again.”  Honestly I was crushed as my friends heard it all.  I thought, who is this teacher to reject my offering of work.  I guess my teacher understood my position when he said, “Keith, you did not follow my instructions.”

When we read the book of Leviticus we sometimes simply pass over it with what’s this.  However, if we would pause and consider Leviticus truth, great joy would come to our lives.  The book of Leviticus is God’s instructions to the Levities for their service to God and their service to the people of God.

In the section before us, God gave Moses specific instructions to give to Aaron and his sons concerning sacrifices for their own sin and for the sin of the people (This is what chapter 8 is about).  Chapter 9 tells the story of Aaron’s obedience in carrying out God’s instructions.  The chapter ends with God accepted Aaron’s sacrifices.  You ask, how do you know.  When the fire fell from Heaven and consumed the sacrifice, that was God saying, you followed the instructions and I have accepted your offering.

In less than seven weeks we will arrive at Easter Sunday.  On this day (April 12, 2020) the church will celebrate Jesus resurrection which is proof of God’s accepting Jesus sacrifice for our sins.  Romans 4:25 teaches us the following, “Jesus was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”

On resurrection Sunday God the Father declared, Jesus you did it right (Justified).  Your sacrifice meets all my requirements.  So the question comes, what do we need to do to meet God’s requirements for our salvation?  Oh the Bible gives us our answer:

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  Romans 10:9-10

We place our full belief in what Jesus did.  It happened with me on February 17, 1974. On that day God said to Jesus, I accept your payment on behalf of Keith Joseph. He is now forever forgiven because of what you did.  Oh dear friend, when did this happen in your life?

 

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