“Broken and spilled out just for love of you Jesus. My most precious treasure lavished on Thee. Broken and spilled out and poured at Your feet. In sweet abandon, let me be spilled out and used up for Thee.” – Steve Green
I distinctly remember the moment I surrendered my life to the Lord. The time I told God He could have all of me, nothing reserved, nothing held back. Complete and utter sacrifice. When I hear the song “I surrender all” it is a reminder that my life has been given wholly and completely to the Lord.
Some come to the book of Leviticus and cringe, but I have come to absolutely love the entire 27 chapters. Just last year, I had the opportunity to preach through the book, and I was blessed and encouraged more than I ever dreamed I would be. It is a book that examines how God expects His people to be holy, consecrated, and set apart wholly unto Him.
Leviticus is a book designed to show God’s people how to be right with a Holy God. (Read the introduction to the book of Leviticus for more info) It fittingly starts with offerings… five offerings to be exact: Burnt Offerings, Meat or Meal Offerings, Peace Offerings, Sin Offerings, and Trespass Offerings. Leviticus 1-4 covers the first 3 offerings, and a portion of the sin offering. The Burnt, Meat, and Peace offering were all voluntary offerings that were offered up as a sweet smelling savor to God. Although they each accomplished a special role, I would like to focus on the Burnt Offering. (SEE table below for more details on each of the five offerings)
Leviticus 1 deals exclusively with the Burnt Offering. A Burnt Offering was a sacrifice given willingly to the Lord to show that the offer was completely given to the Lord, dedicated, and wholly surrendered to God. The animal had to be 1 year old, without blemish (no defects of any kind), and it had to cost the owner something (couldn’t be a wild animal). This animal was brought to the court of the temple where the offeror would place their hands on the animals head. Following this, the animal was led to the altar where the offeror would slit its throat and the priest would collect the blood. The animal was skinned, and cut into pieces, cleaned, and burnt up completely.
Why would such a sacrifice exist? It was voluntary, and was not offered for sin that was done. Leviticus 1:4 says, “…and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.” The person sacrificing the animal does so to be made in good standing with God, to be made acceptable, to have consequences of the justice and judgement of God removed. Often a person would offer burnt offerings after childbirth, being healed, or some form of uncleanness healed. In making sacrifice they were consecrating themselves back to God, making themselves ACCEPTABLE before God once again by the atoning act of sacrifice. The Israelite offered the burnt offering to voluntarily show they desired to be acceptable to God.
You might be thinking, great, what does this have to do with me today again? The timeless truth is; acceptance before God requires complete sacrifice. Christ gave Himself wholly and was an acceptable sacrifice before God. We are called to be a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). As a child of God, we need to “die daily”, to be wholly given to God completely.
Today determine that your motto will be “not my will but thine be done”. Determine that you will die to self. A dead person doesn’t get a say, a dead person has no rights, a dead person has its decision made for them… it is not YOUR way, but always HIS way.
Daily Bible Reading
Leviticus 1 - 4
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
Leviticus 4:30 –
“And the priest shall take of the blood thereof with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar.”