“‘In addition to what you vow and your freewill offerings, offer these to the Lord at your appointed festivals: your burnt offerings, grain offerings, drink offerings and fellowship offerings.’”
(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION : NUMBERS 29 IN FOCUS)
Our entire life is all about offering! God offers us the free gift of breath each day to continue the journey of life! The appointed time has come and there is no other time like now to make free offerings unto God; a living offering unto the Lord!
There is this one thing God demands from us today: our lives, and it is not just our lives, but also the whole ‘subsets’ of our lives too. Jesus Christ poured out Himself for our sake and so He said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23 ESV).
All lives belongs to God, but not all lives that will go to Him at the end of ages. All lives belong to God, but not all lives shall be saved, however, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21. “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Timothy 2). Jesus Christ said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7) . All lives belongs to God for He is the giver of life and breath and so Jesus Christ said, “Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it… ” Luke 17.
Why thou offer thy life to the world at the expense of thy eternal salvation of joy and glory in Heaven above? For a moment, the world can give all that we seek for: that understanding and insight, wealth and fame, protection and influence, honor and glory, authority and power, but one thing the world can never assure us is our eternal life of salvation, and knowing that there is an eternal life of condemnation, the world is ever ready to blindfold us from knowing the real end, and the long journey of either eternal salvation or condemnation after our short journey of life hear on earth, so we may keep ‘enjoying’ the world until we get to the real end and see the real end.
They were to make a sin offering for atonement (Numbers 29:11) to secure their lives so that they may not be cut off from God , but Jesus Christ paid it all for us on the cross that those who will believe in Him, will not have their lives now and miss it in the end, but will have their lives sealed, by the blood of the Lamb of God, for an eternal redemption in Heaven above when our lives here on earth is over!
Abraham was to offer something to God! “Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” (Genesis 2) God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (Romans 3). He is a precious offer from God; a lamb without blemish or defect(1Peter 1:19)
He came in the form of man to offer His life as a living sacrifice pleasant unto God Almighty.
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One” (John 1)
Is gold or riches better than life? seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. He can bless exceedingly and abundantly! The apostle said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12).
“Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!” (Revelation 8:13)
They were fully dedicated to God and so they said, “We must take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, as he commands us. (Exodus 8:27)” What shall you offer unto the Living God, oh mortal man? Behold, something terrible is at the end of the journey for they that shall be condemned; do something now before you get to an eternal end of had I known! Behold, offer something to God now! Behold, offer the totality of your life to God! Behold, the Lamb of God: Jesus Christ, is coming again!
Hark! the voice of Jesus crying,
“Who will go and work today?”
1 Hark! the voice of Jesus crying,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting;
Who will bear the sheave away?”
Loud and long the Master calleth;
Rich reward He offers free;
Who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I; send me, send me”?
2 If you cannot cross the ocean,
And the heathen lands explore,
You can find the heathen nearer,
You can help them at your door.
If you cannot give your thousands,
You can give the widow’s mite;
And the least you give for Jesus
Will be precious in His sight.
3 If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
You can say He died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked
With the judgment’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
To the Saviour’s waiting arms.
4 Let none hear you idly saying,
“There is nothing I can do,”
While the souls of men are dying,
And the Master calls for you:
Take the task He gives you gladly;
Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calleth,
“Here am I; send me, send me!”