When we consider the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, the sacrifices He wants us to make for Him pale in comparison. And, by the way, we cannot give Him anything that He has not first given us.
Ephesians 5:2: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Hebrews 7:23: And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: 24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. 26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people*s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
Hebrews 9:24: For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Hebrews 10:11: And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
The Jews (Hebrews) had probably sacrificed millions of animals, birds and other things. It is in the context of the Book of Hebrews that the wonderful sacrifice of Himself would be best understood. Their sacrifices were insignificant in comparison. And the sacrifices that He wants from us are really not very significant either.
Psalms 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
When we recognize the enormity of our sin, it should give us a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart.
Psalms 107:22: And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
Hebrews 13:15: By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Psalms 27:6: And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Matthew Poole*s Commentary on the sacrifices of joy: of shouting or resounding, i.e. of thanksgiving; which were accompanied with the sound of trumpets and other instruments.
Psalms 4:5: Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
He wants us to live in righteousness, which is the fruit of the Spirit, rather than sinning.
Ephesians 5:9: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Romans 12:1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Hebrews 13:16: But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
He was immeasurably generous in His sacrifice for us. Are we stingy in our measly sacrifices for Him.
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