February 16

Leviticus 1:1-3:17; Mark 1:29-2:12; Psalm 35:17-28; Proverbs 9:13-18

What kind of offerings does God accept? With all of the precision that God used for the Tabernacle, the Book of Leviticus opens with God giving instructions on the sacrifices that people were to bring and how they were to be prepared.

There were different types of offerings for different types of things. In all cases, when an offering was brought to the priest to present to God, it had to be without defects! In other words, it count not have any deficiencies, blemishes, or imperfections. This animal had to be taken from a person’s herd.

Imagine the diligence with which a person had to go through their flock to find the perfect animal– to examine it with care to ensure that it met God’s standards. I wonder if we take that same approach to our offerings today.

Do you think about what you are going to give? Do you give something that is precious, choice and special; or, do you give something left over just to say you gave. The offerings that Israel brought were an expression of their heart! Think about this the next time you bring an offering to God: Does it represent your best? It really does make a difference.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Leviticus 4:1-5:19; Mark 2:13-3:6; Psalm 36:1-12; Proverbs 10:1-2

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