LIVING AS A SACRIFICE.
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“First it was fragrance
Then it turned to fire
My worship is my weapon
That is how you win your battle
The fragrance of my worship
Rose up to the Father
Noises, Thunderings, Earthquakes
Were the response to my worship”
Dunsin Oyekan, Fragrance to Fire lyrics
The Scriptures have so much to tell us, in fact, even if we dedicated our entire lives to searching it out, we still wouldn’t be able to limit Yah’s living word. Or put him in a box.
But we will indeed find him.
I spend most of my study time looking at Torah, and as always, I love seeing how Yahushua fulfilled it. But not only that, I enjoy getting wisdom & understanding on how he taught us to carry out the law of the spirit.
Leviticus 2 and Romans 12. The Grain offerings and The Living Sacrifices.
So first, let’s stick a pin in Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” …We’ll come back to that shortly.
Now, in our society, we find ourselves amidst this perfect storm of so-called stolen identity, policy changes, and redemption drawing neigh, and I found myself in the Epistles. Romans, specifically, has been shedding some light on the true grace and mercy Yah has shown creation throughout all generations.
Romans 12 speaks to us plainly about becoming living sacrifices, acceptable to Elohim. Apostle Paul diligently walks us through the meaning of living by faith and mirrors our own walk with that of our forefather Abraham, whom Yah promised that his seed would be as numerous as the sands on the shores, but the stipulation is, only the children of the promise would become heirs of the latter glory that Yahuah has been preparing for us.
So, to understand what it means to become a living sacrifice I had to take a refresher in Leviticus Chapter 2.
THE HOLIEST OF OFFERINGS
Leviticus 2:3 “It is the most holy of the offerings to Yahuah made by fire.”
This offering is the one that is actually shared with the high priest. It is inclusive of fine flour, absolutely no yeast, and (olive) oil. After it is baked or met with fire and covered, the high priest then takes it and presents it before Yahuah as the offering.
Now, there are tares among us, and then there’s wheat…
By our fruits, you will know who’s who.
The meaning behind this is of course spiritual. Fine flour goes through a long process to get to its final stage where it can be coupled with the oil, melding together seamlessly. It is described as being “perfected” and not rough but delicate and smooth in every way. This process begins with wheat, “it passes through many stages; first being sown, buried to die, growing up, beaten by the wind and other natural elements…then being reaped, threshed, sifted and ground.” (minstrysamples.org).
How the prophet Isaiah describes Messiah as being a man familiar with sufferings, (Isaiah 53). and it is made clear to us, that he is the bread of life. It also pleased Yah to crush him, and so it pleases him when we are “crushed” so that he can show his power and glory through us.
So, we see, we too must become like this Messiah, familiar with persecution and willing to go through the process that includes dying to ourselves and being refined after the harvest. It is how we become functioning members of the body of Ha’mashiach, operating in our gifts.
Romans 12:6 Having then the gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them.
This process of transformation from wheat into fine flour is one we share in common with our Master. Therefore, we are partaking in the ceremony given by the Ancient of days and become living sacrifices.
Romans 12:1 let us present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to Elohim, which is our reasonable service. (verse 11) Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving Yahuah.
This brings us great hope!