by Marian Fe Panugao (36th Batch)
In the Book of Leviticus, the LORD called to Moses and spoke to him. He said, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you bring an offering to the LORD, bring as your offering an animal from either the herd or the flock.” (Leviticus 1:1-2)
God told them what offering they should bring that would be acceptable to Him: “…he is to offer a male without defect. (verse 3) A man had to offer a sacrifice ‘on his behalf to make atonement for him’ (verse 4) and a sinner must slaughter the animal himself before the Lord. Maybe we would conclude that the act was so ‘ew’ or ‘yikes!’ Well, that was exactly the reason why the same person who sinned had to do it himself. God wanted the sinner to realize how disgusting sin was; that the innocent animal died on his behalf; and, that the animal symbolized Jesus, who, later became the Ultimate Sacrifice.
Ravi Zacharias wrote in the book Opening Windows, ‘It is impossible to worship without sacrifice. But the people had begun to show contempt for God by bringing the lame and the blind and the sick of their fold and giving their leftovers to God as their worship.’
In the Book of Daniel, Belshazar used the gold and silver goblets in drinking wine with his wives and concubines. (Daniel 5:2-3) That was a sacrilegious use. Sacrilege, said Zacharias, is normally defined as taking something that belongs to God and using it profanely. But sacrilege does not only consist of such profane use. In its worst form, it includes taking something and giving it to God when it means absolutely nothing to you. Malachi 1:8 is the very charge God brought against the people when He said, ‘When you bring me the blind animal for sacrifice, is that not wrong?’
True worship is giving our best to GOD–the best of our time, the best of our energy, the best of our thinking, the best of our wealth, the best of our dreams and the best of our plans. When we give the world our best, GOD merely gets our leftovers.