Ever since time began, man has been trying to take from God what doesn’t belong to man and only give God the scraps of what does. It is a time honored tradition amongst the fools to bring God an offering he doesn’t want. It is our tradition. We can date this practice back to Cain. God punished him, not because of the lack luster offering, but because, when it was rejected, he refused to accept it. This led him to hate his brother’s accepted offering and eventually his brother. Murder naturally followed. Here, God warns the Israelites and rebukes them. It is a beautiful and vulnerable treatise upon God’s character. Here we see that the heart matters a great deal to him. He is not a genie or a machine. His standards demand a deep relationship that produces these sacrifices. He is offended at trying to trick him. This is a prescient description and prescription for us. Our God is this same person. In our own sacrifices, we should take heed of his character and if our gifts are from love. God clearly cares about it.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts