Daily Sacrifices

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Numbers 26:52-28:15; Proverbs 11:23

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Numbers 28:9-10
On the Sabbath day, sacrifice two one-year-old male lambs with no defects. They must be accompanied by a grain offering of four quarts of choice flour moistened with olive oil, and a liquid offering. This is the burnt offering to be presented each Sabbath day, in addition to the regular burnt offering and its accompanying liquid offering.

REFLECT
God instructed Moses to offer daily sacrifices as part of Israel’s worship life. This would include the people’s staple of meat, bread, and wine. But once a week, on the Sabbath, the sacrifices are doubled. We are not told why this is so, but it was likely that the weekly Sabbath would be a special day of focus and increased emphasis on worship.

RELATE
We can easily identify with the special emphasis of worship once a week. What we often forget is that God has required of us a daily sacrifice. Not because God is a needy deity, but because we need to be reminded of the meaning of our lives. We have been created to worship God, and this is expressed through our work, play, and relationships. Yes, when I realize that my every moment is to be worship unto God — what I say and do at work, at home, and in my privacy cannot be mediocre or meaningless again.

REST
Lord, show me how to love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Remind me constantly that my life of worship does make a difference to You – whether You smile, or You sorrow.

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Day 342

by Rev Joel Yong

Hebrews 5:8
Although Jesus was the Son of God, he learned to be obedient through his sufferings.

It’s hard to imagine a disobedient Jesus.
We know Him to be thoroughly obedient and the exemplary model for us all to follow.

But Hebrews reminds us that through suffering, Christ learnt obedience.
I remember my Lord in His suffering in Gethsemane. He knew the difficulties He would face in the next few hours and actually prayed for the situation to be taken away from Him if possible.

But He ended His prayers with words of submission and obedience “Yet not my will but yours be done.”

It’s easy to say we are obedient to our parents when we are doing something that comes naturally and is according to our preference.
Suppose our dad says “Go watch TV” and we love TV so we say “Sure thing. Glad to obey.”

Are we really proven to be obedient?

I would suggest that we are proven to be obedient when we are asked to endure something difficult or not of our preference- and in spite of that, we obey.

Yes we too learn obedience through experiencing suffering.
Let your pain today, draw you closer to God- as Jesus did.