BURNT OFFERINGS

BURNT OFFERINGS

ONE THOUSAND offerings. It is recorded in 2 Chronicles and in the book of The Kings that Solomon offered one thousand burnt offerings:“And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.” ‭‭II Chronicles‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬This is an astounding number.

A burnt offering differed from other offerings because the whole animal was burnt (except the skin). In other offerings, the animal was cooked and then eaten by the priests. This total burning of the animal signified not only a propitiation for sin, but a complete surrender and commitment to the Lord. Now, we know Solomon drifted away from the Lord in his last days of life because he married pagan women who led him away from God, (be warned, yet this is for another day) but he started out with a heart that was completely surrendered to God.

Think about this for a minute, one thousand burnt offerings. This is no light offering. This was not someone seeking for God’s approval, but rather someone who showed a genuine love and dependence on the Lord. When was the last time you tarried for even a thousand minutes in the presence of the Lord? Heck, most of American Christians cannot even give Him a few hours of worship one day a week, let alone a thousand offerings of praise. How long do you think that took? I’m guessing it was at least an all day event.

What can we learn from this Scripture? First, God desires your burnt offering- your whole heart. Many in this season are lukewarm and have a divided, apathetic heart. He desires for you to be totally surrendered and committed to Him. God wants you to be wholly dependent on Him alone. He is your sole Provider. He is your Strong Tower and Light of Salvation. In CHRIST ALONE your hope is found- not in your job, or even in service to Him, certainly not the government or healthcare. This is the true meaning of a burnt offering.

Secondly, how much time are you giving to God? When was the last time you offered up to Him your whole day? A day that was completely focused on seeking His face? Praying? Fasting? Worshiping? Stopping all work to seek Him? No television, no social media, no fellowship with others- just you and the Lord. One thousand offerings. Is your day focused around Him or are you fitting Him into your day? It matters.

We all have the same 24 hours. Are you giving Him your time? I’m not telling you to make a check list: “pray for two hours a day”, check. This will just become a “to-do” list and the Lord become a duty. If you are wholly devoted and surrender to Christ, one thousand offerings is not even enough. How many times a day can you tell Him you love Him? Not enough. How many times a day can you tell Him He is worthy, wonderful, awesome, and mighty? It’s never enough. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Lastly, God was so pleased with Solomon’s offering that He wanted to give something great to Solomon, “Ask! What shall I give you?” And because Solomon did not ask selfishly, God gave him what he asked for plus more. When the Lord sees that your heart is fully devoted to Him, He will give you your heart’s desire. So many have completely butchered and twisted Scripture concerning asking what you want of the Lord, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew‬ ‭7:11‬ They teach that God gives your whatever you want if you just believe it.

This Scripture in Matthew is specifically talking about the good gift of the Holy Spirit- not whatever new car you want. This is false teaching and has produced a people who only want what the Lord can give them and do for them, not who He is. Jesus turns into your own private Santa Claus. Many have fallen away. Yes! God gives good gifts and He blesses abundantly; but He’s not going to give you evil desires. When the desires of your heart are wholly surrendered to Him and those desires match up with His will, then He gives you your heart’s desires and even more than what we ask. “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬#runyourrace

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