#CoffeeTimePrayer: Wave offerings

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All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord. – Exodus 35:22 NIV

GotQuestions defines a wave offering as “a portion of a sacrifice presented to God, then released by God for the use of those involved in the sacrifice.”[1] For instance, offerings brought to God at the tabernacle and later the temple would feed the Levite priests and their families. The Levites themselves were a kind of wave offering, serving God first in the tabernacle and then the temple in the stead of the first born males from each tribe; in turn, they were taken care of by the rest of Israel.

What makes “wave offerings” so interesting is that, even though there is a sacrifice, in God’s goodness the offering itself becomes a blessing. God doesn’t hoard offerings; God doesn’t need offerings. But sometimes we need the act of offering to bring us back to God. 

We no longer need to bring sacrifices to God; Jesus took care of that. But perhaps this week we should consciously bring ourselves back to God in prayer and in worship, knowing that while these acts require a sacrifice of time, intentionality, humility and repentance, in God’s generosity and love they become blessings to us and to others.

Lord, grant me the mercy of being a living sacrifice to you. Amen.


[1] https://gotquestions.org/wave-offering.html

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2 thoughts on “#CoffeeTimePrayer: Wave offerings

  1. I love this! The OT is rich in pictures that help us understand the heart of God and ways to turn our hearts toward Him. Thank you for a beautiful and understandable explanation.

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