The Lord cares (deeply) about the offering I bring before Him: the offering of my heart, my life, my worldly goods-
the integrity of my heart-
The chapters in Leviticus lay out a precise intention and specific protocol for each offering type. Holiness and honor permeate.
4 “When you bring a grain offering baked in the oven as an offering, it shall be unleavened loaves of fine flour mixed with oil or unleavened wafers smeared with oil. 5 And if your offering is a grain offering baked on a griddle, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mixed with oil. 6 You shall break it in pieces and pour oil on it; it is a grain offering. 7 And if your offering is a grain offering cooked in a pan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil. 8 And you shall bring the grain offering that is made of these things to the Lord, and when it is presented to the priest, he shall bring it to the altar. 9 And the priest shall take from the grain offering its memorial portion and burn this on the altar, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 10 But the rest of the grain offering shall be for Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the Lord‘s food offerings. Leviticus 2 ESV
Preparing offerings unto the Lord is holy work.
In Acts 5, an offering that is in fact, deceitful- is revealed. The fear of God lays hold of all who hear/witness the consequences. Ananias (the wrong doer) lays down and dies; he breathes his last. His co-conspirator- his wife, however, is not part of that original group, and so, she continues the deceit. She willingly participates in the deceitful offering- and then she, too- falls down and breathes her last.
5 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” 5
Acts 5 ESV
O! the deceitfulness and hard-heartedness from sin.
I realized as I read these passages- that I can have a tendency to minimize the justice and wrath of God. Perhaps I read the Old Testament too lightly- for here I am in the New Testament- and two are dead before the holiness of God.
I am challenged to assess the integrity and full-heartedness of my offering-which is my spiritual act of worship; my life; my days; my worldly goods.
I am invited into the beauty, care, and holiness of God through Leviticus 1-3; I am reminded to live truthfully (and faithfully) before the Lord in Acts 5.
Lord, I am so grateful for Your mercy; Your beauty; Your tender care. Help me to live truthfully before You. Thank You for Your healing light. Amen.