The Wideness of God’s Grace

Published on Mar 25, 2024
Category: Behold!

Read: Leviticus 6-7

These, then, are the regulations for the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the ordination offering and the fellowship offering, which the Lord gave Moses at Mount Sinai in the Desert of Sinai on the day he commanded the Israelites to bring their offerings to the Lord.

Leviticus 7:37-38

God is holy, but also merciful, providing a way for His people to approach Him despite their sinfulness.

The book of Leviticus lists five kinds of offerings that the Israelites were required to bring to the Lord. The profound sinfulness of the human race and the need for atonement is the premise for these offerings. It made a way for everyone to repent and come back to fellowship with God.

There are three undergirding principles about offerings here that are relevant even today.

Firstly, the offerings were open to all. Anyone could bring an offering. And that is the wideness of God’s grace and true human equality. Though salvation is through none other than Christ, anyone may come to Him. The boundless grace of God welcomes all without distinction of race, color, or past sinfulness. His love invites anyone, regardless of background or history, to partake in the salvation offered through Christ.

Secondly, there is a cost involved for the worshipper. Salvation is a free gift because Christ paid the full price to redeem us. And only He could pay that price. But disciples are to deny themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow Him (Luke 9:23).

Thirdly, only the best could be offered. Jesus’ sacrifice was ultimate and perfect. He gave His very life and the last drop of His blood for you and me. We are to offer ourselves as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). We are to offer our praise, gifts, and service to others in Christ’s name.

We have received the best and the ultimate sacrifice, how can we offer anything but our best? Is our response – all to Jesus I surrender?

How does the wideness of God’s grace encourage you today? Who is one person who needs to hear about this grace from you? What can you learn from the principles of worship in Leviticus about how you can approach God in a way that is pleasing unto Him? In what practical ways can you deny yourself and offer your best to God?

Prayer

Lord, help me never forget the price you paid for me. May my joyful response be to live my life as a living sacrifice unto you each day, Amen.

Scripture Writing: Ephesians 1:7

Song: All to Jesus I Surrender?

Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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