May 6, 2014

Worship According To God: Obedience vs. Sacrifice

Numbers 7:1-2

We  must  be careful about having the attitude of coming to God on our terms, practically daring Him to not accept us.


When incense was offered to the Lord in utter defiance and disregard for God's orders,  those who offered this "strangeness" were consumed by fire. Leviticus 10:1-2.
The Word declares our God is a consuming fire, and he does not change.  Hebrews 12:29, Deuteronomy 4:24. God's specifications  are safety measures put in place to protect us from being harmed by his fiery nature.
 Just think,  like a fire protection suit,  our obedience clothes us. If  one's fire protection suit is not up to specs, he can count on being not fully protected.
In the same manner, the tabernacle and everything in it was ready for sacrifice only after it was fully set up, ; AND  anointed, AND sanctified. It had to be up God's specifications.
It's not good enough to just have the set up but no anointing.  It's not enough to have the anointing but no sanctification. When all the criteria  is met,  God's fire can be targeted to the sacrifice,  and not the one who offers it.
When we come before God, his fiery nature, instead of burning the sacrificer, consumes the flesh of the sacrifice -  the carnality of what we offer Him- so that only what remains is pure.
It's in this manner we can endure his refining fiery presence.
We  must  be careful about having the attitude of coming to God on our terms, practically daring Him to not accept us. Many use the excuse that God knows our heart. Yes He does.  He also knows our frame is dust.  This is why he mercifully instructs us in His Word. He loves us so much.  Obedience covers us. 


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