by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: Numbers 26:52-28:15; Proverbs 11:23
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
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.
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.
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.
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.