"The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the people of Israel and say to them, ‘My offering, my food for my food offerings, my pleasing aroma, you shall be careful to offer to me at its appointed time.’ And you shall say to them, This is the food offering that you shall offer to the Lord: two male lambs a year old without blemish, day by day, as a regular offering. The one lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight;"
- Numbers 28: 1-4
The Israelites were commanded by God to offer a food offering twice a day, every day. And on the Sabbath, they were to offer twice as much.
Sacrifice is a form of worship to God, so this chapter reminded me that my life should be a daily sacrifice to Jesus. I need to worship him and offer sacrifice to Him daily, in the morning and at night (basically all day, every day). Offering sacrifice for us today does not mean actually burning a food offering for God as this passage commands the Israelites to do. Sacrifice for us today means giving things up in order to be closer to God and live according to His will. This could mean sacrificing our time to spend time with Jesus, it means sacrificing our money to bless others. It means laying down our dreams and desires for God's dreams and desires for us.
Another interesting thing I found here is that later on in the chapter, God commands them to offer twice as much on the Sabbath. This reminded me of the importance of taking a Sabbath not only to rest from work, but to rest with Jesus. To sacrifice even more time to spend with Him. If it's a day of rest, we should be able to spend even more extravagant time with Him than on other days.
Thank you Jesus, for reminding me of the importance of worship and rest.