God created time, and thus He is beyond time, He is not bound by what He created. The creator cannot be lesser than what He created. Thus, He can and He has gone ahead to the FUTURE, and He comes back and bring us through the year of 2015. Therefore, God also knows what is going to happen in 2015 and beyond, and Pastors & Preachers can be the oracle of God to speak for God. God tells us things that otherwise, we would not know. God gives us WORD of knowledge, not a paragraph, but just what you need to know. Because sometimes if too much information you know ahead may cause unnecessary fear in you. God doesn’t want you to be in fear.
We shall talk about some of the 5 Leviticus offerings: Sins, Trespass, Burnt, Meal, and Peace offerings: The word “Trespass offering” in Original Hebrew “Asham” (= ashame / Guilt Offering) is sometimes interchanged with Sins offering; they both are compulsory offerings continuously yearly or whenever the trespass is committed. And, the Last 3 offerings (burnt, meal, and peace) are the Free will / voluntary offerings, which are done whenever you feel like doing it, not a compulsory.
In terms of the New Covenant of Grace: you do not keep offering the Sins offering & the Trespass offering because Jesus Christ has fulfilled it on the Cross and it is once and for all; This happened and was fulfilled when you received Christ for the first time.
Burnt offering (= as an act of appreciation to the Lord), you will offer this for example whenever you are happy of something like the Lord has blessed you with a good bumper crops. PEACE offering (= In Hebrew “Shalamin” from the word “Shalom” = Peace); while To PAY / Redeem / Restore in Hebrew is “Shalam” which is also the root word of “Shalom”. Therefore, before you can have Peace (Shalom) and the reason you can have peace (Shalom), is because Jesus has PAID (Shalam) for you sins on that Cross.
Why is it possible that Jesus could fulfill “Once and for all” for the sins & Trespass offerings ? You may ask: How can Jesus who lived 2000 years ago died for someone who is yet to be born in the future? Remember that God is outside time, the cross is outside time. When Jesus died on the cross in Jerusalem, He died outside time, for people who lived before Him and after Him. As far as God is concerned, Jesus’ blood shed, is as if it was shed just now. We think it is 2000 years ago, while for God there is no time barriers. Our God is the God of “I AM” – NOW.
What makes God WELL PLEASED ?
Heb 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice (= Worship) of PRAISE to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, GIVING THANKS to His name.
Heb 13:16 But do not forget to do good (= to be generous) and to share, for with such sacrifices God is WELL PLEASED (with something that you do)
We are always highly favored in His eyes no matter what, but this word WELL PLEASED, is a different word it is related to something that we do / our actions. My child is always loved and highly favored in my sight, but there are certain actions of my child that I am exceptionally Pleased, that make me laugh or smile, like when my child “hugs me tightly” or when he said “Thank you, daddy”.
We need to know what makes God well pleased. ? It is like the forgotten art of being a Christian. Some Christians are even so embarrassed to Praise the Lord in the public. Praise & Worship, are that forgotten arts, they are attractive to the Lord. (Psalm 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For PRAISE from the upright is CALMLY / beautiful.) Therefore, Confess His Name openly. Why are you afraid to praise Him openly, while the world can use profanity openly?. “Dare to stand out for Jesus”, don’t be like the world, you are special as diamond is precious because they are rare, while common stones are abundant like the people of the world.
Eg. At the nude-beach, everyone is nude, except you because you have moral value of a Christian. Don’t feel guilty because you made a moral stand that is in line with the word of God. The world won’t like it, they said we are intolerant to them, while in fact, they are the one intolerant to our divine value.
We know this verse well and often quote it for blessing others with abundance, and to build up Strength and faith:
Php 4:19 AND my GOD shall SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEED ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY BY CHRIST JESUS.
But do you know the context of this verse is tightly related to the verses before it? How do I know? Look at the word AND, this verse is a continuation of the verses prior to it, thus we must look at what are the verses prior to it that caused God to supply all your need abundantly, not according to your own estimation, but according to the abundant of HIS RICHES in GLORY by CHRIST JESUS. The blessed amount which is above and beyond this world, out of this world!
Let’s see the previous verses:
Php 4:16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities.
Php 4:17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.
Php 4:18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a SWEET-SMELLING AROMA, an acceptable SACRIFICE, WELL PLEASING to God.
I used to read this and thought that Epaphroditus brought gifts from Thessalonica: some Perfume for apostle Paul, because of the word SWEET-SMELLING AROMA but this is not the case. This is the Leviticus offerings, mainly the 3 non-compulsory offerings they are called THE SWEET-SMELLING SACRIFICES (burnt, meal, and peace),
Eg. When you give to God, like: your money tithe & offering, your Praise & Worship in songs, every time you do good, or being generous to others; they went up to God like a SWEET-SMELLING AROMA. God loves it, He smells the Tithe, He smells the offerings, a GIFT GIVEN IN WORSHIP TO GOD. These sacrifices are voluntary, not something forced upon you. Like: tithing, it is not something you must do, but it is a revelation between you and God that you get to do it as an opportunity.
Then only you see the verse starts with:
“AND my GOD shall SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEED ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY BY CHRIST JESUS” (Php 4:19). The context, is the people of Thessalonica has been giving to Paul in terms of those SWEET-SMELLING AROMA SACRIFICES, including: Tithe & Money Offerings. So, when you give, don’t forget the dynamic of worship God. Take your time, don’t just rush through and put something in the offering bag, because that giving is also part of worshiping God. Present your sacrifices with gladness, knowing that they are well pleasing to God. And, the subsequent result is THE FRUITS THAT ABOUNDS TO YOUR ACCOUNT (Php 4:17). You receive profits and advantages, as such fruit does; for God does not forget to recompense acts of bounty, and labors of love, it shall have its reward in the issue of things, upon the casting up of accounts.