And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock. If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD. And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. (Lev. 1:1-4)
God told the Israelites to bring only the best, males of the flock for offerings which were without blemish. It was to be voluntary, offered unto God of their own will. It was to be brought in faith as an atonement or covering for their sins in anticipation of the Messiah which was to come. The offering was to be sacrificed and offered unto God not to curry His favor or appease His wrath except only temporary, but believing that He alone would forgive those who repented of those sins, known and unknown, and reconcile sinners unto Himself. The offerings were to be handled and offered, not ritualistic but in a very precise manner to point people to the ultimate sin offering, Jesus Christ, the Messiah of God, who offered Himself as the final sacrifice for all sin.
God is holy and demands that whatever is offered unto Him to be holy, perfect, without spot or blemish and worthy. Offering the leftovers or the undesirable unto God is not only disobedient but sacrilegious as it strikes at the very heart of who Jesus is, the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world. He is holy and His offering of Himself for sin was holy, of His own volition, freely He offered Himself in our place that we might be reconciled unto God. God wanted His people to understand the picture He was painting them of Himself within the Law, which couldn’t save them. Only their faith in Him and His sacrificial offering could save, demonstrated by their own voluntary offering of the best and perfect sacrifice to God.
God wants us to be our best, not because of our works, which don’t save, but because of Him and His presence within us that we might glorify Him alone. God wants all to be saved, not by works, or religion, or the Law, or any other thing we might try to offer in His place but by His grace. He has already offered the only thing which can save, Himself in our place. He calls all people everywhere to repent, to turn from their sin and unto Him who alone can save them. He draws all men to Himself that they might be saved through faith by grace. He has revealed Himself in the Law, in His Word, and in His creation, that all might know Him and know their need of Him who alone can save through Jesus Christ and faith in His finished and perfect sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary.
God sends us out into this world to reach the lost and desires that His people strive to be holy and obedient unto Him that we might minister to those around us who are hurting and in need as He provides. We serve others, equipped with the Word of reconciliation and righteousness, rightly divided and fitly spoken, that they may see Christ in us, the hope of Glory. Our GOD has commanded us to love one another with an unfeigned love, even as He first loved us, and to disciple one another in the Word of GOD so that we may all grow in grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our Lord has commissioned those who are His with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to go where He sends us in the power of the Holy Spirit. As we go, we are to proclaim the Good News of forgiveness through repentance and reconciliation with the Father through faith in His Son, that those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of GOD might have life in His Name.
GOD is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. GOD calls you to faith in Christ and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with GOD, forgiveness from GOD, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD who is GOD the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.