This week we are studying Exodus 24, today we will zero in on verses 5-8: Offerings and a Vow #Gen1toRev22
Exodus 24:5-8 (ESV)
5 “And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD. 6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” 8 And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
Young men were dispatched by Moses, after He had built and altar and established the memorial for the Israelites (vs 4), to present offerings to the Lord. Moses divided the blood and took the Book he had written and read it to the people. Again the people voice their decision to be obedient to God’s Word. Moses then takes blood from the basins and throws it upon the people as a symbol of the blood-binding covenant-commitment that the Lord had made with the Israelites.
What do you have to offer to God in thanks and praise?
When you make a commitment to God, it is a serious matter.
As your closing prayer today, use this passage as a springboard for your prayer:
Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (ESV)
1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. 3 For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. 4 When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. 6 Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear.