Offering and worship

Ezekiel Bible Background

12.01.2016 – Old Testament: Eze 46.3–8

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 45–46 on December 1, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

What is worship without making an offering to your God? Can worship take place, if the worshiper has not given something to his God? Since offerings and worship go hand-in-hand, Ezekiel’s temple shows the activity of offerings and worship tied together,

“Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before the LORD on the Sabbaths and the New Moons. The burnt offering that the prince offers to the LORD on the Sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish; and the grain offering shall be one ephah for a ram, and the grain offering for the lambs, as much as he wants to give, as well as a hin of oil with every ephah. On the day of the New Moon it shall be a young bull without blemish, six lambs, and a ram; they shall be without blemish. He shall prepare a grain offering of an ephah for a bull, an ephah for a ram, as much as he wants to give for the lambs, and a hin of oil with every ephah. When the prince enters, he shall go in by way of the vestibule of the gateway, and go out the same way” (Ezekiel 46.3–8). 

The passage from the Book of Ezekiel begins by showing the people before the Lord to worship Him, and then the prophet shows the offerings.

Israel had to make the animal and grain offerings and the church today offers money, words of praise, singing, prayers, remembrance of the Lord’s death, and our attention as we hear the word delivered.

Questions:

  • What do you offer to the Lord when you worship Him?
  • Have you sat in worship, but did nothing?

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