Choice, Control and Communion

Our choices have consequences. A bad choice leads to undesirable results while a good choice leads to a pleasurable outcome. When it is a matter of choice, you are given an option to choose one way or the other, and your decision matters.

Right from the time, man was fashioned in the image of God and placed in the garden of Eden, man had a choice; a free will to choose, for God did not intend to be a dictator. The Bible says that there are multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision (Joel 3:14) and of all the choices, one makes, the most significant and impactful of all is the choice of Control and Communion. The first man, Adam chose to be in control (desiring to be godlike), a fatal disobedience that led to his losing of the communion he had with God. The last Adam (Jesus Christ) chose to give up his control (though being God, he considered it robbery to be equal with God) and he is now in communion with God the Father, seated at the right hand of God the Father. In other words, those who choose to be in control lose their communion with God while those who let God be in control of their lives gain their communion with God.

Points to ponder:
So the choice today is yours! Do you want to be in control of your life or do you want to let go and let God be in control of your life? Your communion with God depends on the choice you make. Let go and let God.

Joel 3:14 (KJV)
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

Luke 17:33 (KJV)
33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

Proverbs 3:5-7 (KJV)
 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Memorial day in Jesus’ words

Moina Michael, U.S Professor and humanitarian, commonly known as the Poppy Lady, writes in her renowned poem, “We shall keep the faith”, that the blood of heroes never dies.

Before Jesus was crucified, he met with his disciples in communion (at what is known familiarly as the event of the Last Supper) and told them to remember.

His words were to remember as one partakes of the communion, but what are we to remember?
We ought to remember that the wrath of God was poured on Jesus, so that the GRACE of God could be poured on us.
We ought to remember that, Jesus was forsaken so that we could be adopted.
We ought to remember that because Jesus willingly gave up his communion with God, we can now have communion with God.
We ought to remember that Jesus’ body was broken and his blood was shed, so that ours would not have to be.
We ought to remember that Jesus died (for our sake), so that we can live and live abundantly (under His Lordship).

We must keep the faith for His Blood which brings the remission of sins, covers and washes all unrighteousness. The Blood of Jesus Christ, The HERO never dies.

Points to ponder:
This Memorial day, are you and I honoring Him by remembering Him?
Can it be told of you and me, “He/She shall keep the faith”?

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (KJV)
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

What’s with all the offerings in Leviticus?

The book of Leviticus is often referred to as a Biblical speed bump to those who resolve to read the Bible in a year and zoom through Genesis and Exodus quickly, until they reach Leviticus. Leviticus delves into the “legalities of the law” given by God primarily to the priests (from the tribe of Levi), but is applicable unto every one who is a royal priest (that is all who believe in the name of Jesus). The spelling out of the detailed requirements of the law, the  protocols to be followed, the attire to be worn … superficially dont appear to be that interesting, but contextual analysis of Leviticus surfaces some incredible hidden truths and parallels that cannot go unheeded in this day an age.

One such aspect is in the area of ‘Offerings’ recorded in Leviticus. What’s with all the offerings in Leviticus?

There are five offerings mandated and explained in this book (Leviticus)   viz.

  1. Burnt Offering
  2. Meat Offering
  3. Peace Offering
  4. Sin Offering and
  5. Trespass Offering

As part of the Burnt offering, the blood of the offered sacrifice was sprinkled (poured out) before the sacrifice was to be burnt as a sweet savor unto God. In other words, this offering was a blood offering, with everything else being consumed by fire. The blood of Jesus was poured out as an offering for the salvation of mankind (you and me) and his sacrifice was a sweet smelling fragrance to God (Eph 5:2). The Bible records that there is life in the blood (Genesis 9:4). Extrapolating these facts, we then realize that our burnt offerings is in essence offering our very own lives (blood) to God (as a living sacrifice), and being consumed by the Holy Spirit of God (The Fire within).

Meat refers to things we eat and drink for sustenance. Making a meat offering would imply that we offer all that sustains us, so that we are totally dependent on God.

Peace offering (also known as Fellowship offering) refers to sacrificing that which encumbers us from having fellowship with God. Making a peace offering is then two fold – 1. making peace with God a.k.a, getting right with God, by confessing our sins and 2. offering to have fellowship with God in lieu of our fellowship with the world. In simple terms, letting God know, that He is MORE IMPORTANT than anything else in the World. Making a peace offering would imply that we reject the world, embrace the cross.

Sin offering refers to the confession of all that we think, say or do, know or the secret faults (Psalm 19:12) that displeases God. Jesus is our sin offering to God (1 Peter 2:24) and by our acts of repentance, confessing our sins, we are to offer our sins to God seeking his forgiveness. No matter how offensive or grave our sins are, God is willing to forgive us our sins. Adulterers (David), Murderers (Saul), were all forgiven. Even the ones who murdered Jesus himself, were forgiven when Jesus pleaded for them saying “Father forgive them for they know not what they do). There is no sin so big, that God will not forgive if you earnestly seek his forgiveness and confess with you mouth, for He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of ALL unrighteousness. Sin offering in a nutshell is to seek to Love the Lord, with all our heart, all our souls, all our mind and all our strength.

Trespass offering (also known as Guilt offering) refers to the confession of all that we think, say or do or the secret faults that displeases Man (whom we have trespassed againsts and feel guilty for). This is getting right with man. In a nutshell, this is to seek to Love your neighbor as yourself.

In summary,the five offerings mandated and explained in Leviticus as it applies to us today is

  1. Burnt Offering – Offer our lives
  2. Meat Offering  – Offer ALL that sustains us
  3. Peace Offering – Offer to be in fellowship with God
  4. Sin Offering  – Offer to confess our sins against God
  5. Trespass Offering – Offer our guilt from wrong doing against man

Also, Warren Wiersbe beautiful exposits that

  1. The Burnt offering and the Meat offering has to do with our COMMITMENT to God
  2. The Peace offering has to do with our COMMUNION with God and
  3. The Sin offering and the Trespass offering has to do with our CLEANSING from God

NOTE: Whoever is not CLEANSED, cannot have COMMUNION with God nor can they be COMMITTED to God.

Point(s) to Ponder:

What’s in your/my offering? Let us present ourselves as a living sacrifice.