So were you able to tie any knots in your red Strand of Faith yesterday? I truly hope that you were and I’d love to hear about them! Would you be willing to share so that others may be encouraged to tie a knot or two in their Strand of Faith?
I had no idea when we started this series that there would be so much digging to do, but I pray that you are enjoying the depth of the digging we are doing to understand how and why any type of sacrifice is still necessary for such a time as this but I will admit that as I read through all the rules and regulations of a sacrifice, I can’t help but breathe a sigh of relief, awe and wonder, as I marvel over all we don’t have to do today to receive that remission from our sins.
We have one more Old Testament context to research and then just one in the New Testament, so hang in there with me! Hmmm, I think this would be considered a sacrifice of time! 🙂
Oh, my goodness, this is rich! Grab your shovels and that Strand of Faith. Have I got some knots for you! So this translation/context which comes from 1st Kings 18:29, 36 says “To apportion, bestow; a donation, a sacrificial offering, usually bloodless and voluntary.”
Hmm, this is getting interesting because this is still Old Testament! I didn’t realize they had anything but bloody and involuntary sacrifices … oops, I just remembered the voluntary sacrifice Abraham was about to give … but that still involved blood. Okay, let’s keep going.
The Hebrew translation for this context of sacrifice is “menchah” and means meat or cereal – I’m so confused. What the heck … oh, here we go: “The KJV translates this word as meat offering or grain which is solid foods in contrast to drink (blood) and flesh of animals. So in this context, it is a sacrifice without all the ritualistic drinking of the blood after slaughtering as they did for the various festivals and ceremonies of the Old Testament times. For example, when Cain brought of the first fruits of the ground (Genesis 4:3) and in Genesis 32: 13-15 when Jacob was making his way back home toward his brother Esau whom he just knew down to his toes was going to kill him for stealing his birthright, he sent a “menchah” ahead, sort of a peace offering! There’s so many other examples of this type of sacrifice but let’s keep digging.
The Hebrew Concordance goes on to say: “offering, tribute, present, gift, oblation” – STOP! What in the world is an oblation? Sorry, just a little detour here; I don’t want to miss a thing!
Ohhh, but I’m so glad I looked this one up: “Something offered in worship or devotion.” Oh, but that’s knot-worthy!
Here’s the summation for this context: “The ‘minchah’ must be regarded as a token of love, gratitude and thanksgiving to God, who is Himself the giver of all good gifts. It was/is the acknowledgment on the part of man/woman that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” [Psalm 24:1; 1st Corinthians 10:26]
So is this saying we sacrifice when we’re happy, sad and guilty? Whew, I’d probably need Him to extend the hours in a day, then! 🙂 I thought we were done with this particular translation but there are a few incredibly important “rules” that go along with this type of sacrifice so we’ll pick back up here on Tuesday to dig deeply for the richness of this sacrifice that leads to grace!
Have an amazing rest of the day, and be sure and join us for Faith-Filled Fridays with Debbie!