Today’s Tasting: Exodus 28-29: “Call for your brother, Aaron, and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. Set them apart from the rest of the people of Israel so they may minister to me and be my priests” (Exodus 28:1 NLT).
“Place all of these in the open hands of Aaron and his sons who will wave them before God, a Wave-Offering. Then take them from their hands and burn them on the Altar with the Whole-Burnt-Offering—a pleasing fragrance before God, a gift to God. Now take the breast from Aaron’s ordination ram and wave it before God, a Wave-Offering. That will be your portion” (Exodus 29:24-26 MSG).
Today’s Nourishment: As we read through Exodus 28 and 29 we find instructions for Aaron and his sons to be consecrated for a purpose in the kingdom. The good news is that because of Jesus we have direct access to God by building a relationship with Him ourselves. We no longer have to wait for priests to be set apart to help us communicate with God.
When we enter the kingdom of God through our choice to accept the gift of salvation, we are set apart from the world. We become the children of God. At different points in our journey, it becomes necessary to rededicate ourselves and check our lives to make sure we are lining up with God’s word. We recommit to a process of consecration, or setting ourselves apart. Consecration allows us to be renewed, revived, refocused, and to become empty of ourselves, in order that we may be filled with the things of God. We may continue in the purpose He has designed for us. If at any time we feel God is not listening to us, or we desire more intimacy with Him, or maybe we just want to delve deeper into the things of God, consecration will help us achieve our goals.
It is so awesome that Today’s Tasting describes not only a time of consecration and instruction, but also directions from God for a wave offering. How many times have we been so full of gratitude, ready to worship, or so humbled that we have lifted our hands to Our Father and just praised Him? We show Him both our surrender and appreciation when we lift our hands in offering to Him. When we take the time to consecrate our lives we give Him all that we are to be used to encourage and care for the body of Christ.
What have you been set apart, or consecrated, by God to accomplish? What New Testament offerings do you present to Him?
Tomorrow’s Delight: Exodus 30-32
Sonyita S. Connor-Clemons
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