It had been a horrendous week for God, Moses and the people. The Israelites’ rebellion had cost them their entrance into the promised Land. God, being God, however, wanted the people to understand He would still be with them and eventually would allow Israel to claim the promise. Until then, however, God wanted the people to still live and walk as a chosen people.
He began to instruct Moses on how to present offerings. As one reads about the offerings–the precision and the detail may seem picky, but, the message is clear–God wanted His people’s best in their offerings and sacrifices. God did not survive on the offerings presented by the people–He is God and needs nothing. Instead, God required the people to be thoughtful and careful in how they served and worshiped Him. God looked at their hearts. If the people were not willing to be careful and thoughtful in their worship, it was a bigger issue than simple weights and measures. It was worshiping out of obligation vs. worshiping with a grateful heart.
The same holds true today. God looks at us. He wants nothing more than for us to lead with a heart of worship. Each day as we journey–it is not about the substance of our gifts and worship, it is about the heart. If we give out of compulsion or obligation–we tend to “Phone it in!”. If we truly give out of a heart of gratefulness, we want nothing more than to demonstrate that gratitude in all that we do and bring. Paul said it best, “As each man purposes in his heart, so let him give. Not out of compulsion or obligation, because God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
God Bless You
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘After you enter the land I am giving you as a home 3 and you present to the Lord food offerings from the herd or the flock, as an aroma pleasing to the Lord—whether burnt offerings or sacrifices, for special vows or freewill offerings or festival offerings— 4 then the person who brings an offering shall present to the Lord a grain offering of a tenth of an ephah[a] of the finest flour mixed with a quarter of a hin[b] of olive oil. 5 With each lamb for the burnt offering or the sacrifice, prepare a quarter of a hin of wine as a drink offering.
6 “‘With a ram prepare a grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah[c] of the finest flour mixed with a third of a hin[d] of olive oil, 7 and a third of a hin of wine as a drink offering. Offer it as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.
8 “‘When you prepare a young bull as a burnt offering or sacrifice, for a special vow or a fellowship offering to the Lord, 9 bring with the bull a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah[e] of the finest flour mixed with half a hin[f] of olive oil, 10 and also bring half a hin of wine as a drink offering. This will be a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 11 Each bull or ram, each lamb or young goat, is to be prepared in this manner. 12 Do this for each one, for as many as you prepare.