Scripture: verse 30
He is to bring with his own hands the offerings for Adonai made by fire — he is to bring the breast with its fat. The breast is to be waved as a wave offering before Adonai.
Observation: This is part of the instructions for peace offerings – the person bringing it had to cut off the breast of the animal. The fat got burned up as an act of worship, and the meat was waved before the alter.
Which is quite an image: the worshipper brought up a slab of steak – I don’t know how big that is exactly, but it’s got to be several pounds if the animal was a sheep, and if it was a bull it would just be huge. So he brings with his own hands a slab of meat that’s practically bigger than he is and has to wave it in front of the alter. Apparently this was the slapstick portion of the ritual 🙂
I’m not really sure what my point is here. I could talk about being willing to look silly in order to worship God, which is a good point, but not really the purpose of the passage. The main point is probably that he had to bring it with his own hands – God doesn’t want us to outsource our relationship with Him. He wants us to bring our troubles to Him directly, and let Him give us peace.
Application: Bring your troubles to God. Worrying and thinking about them is not the same as praying about them. Asking for solutions is not the same as asking for peace. Reading books and websites and resources is not the same as reading His Word and seeking His face. God has peace for us. But we have to go to the source.
Prayer: Father, thank you for being my peace. Help me remember to bring my worries to you at first, and not at last. Help me to turn to you for my peace. Amen.